Help sustain Menucha now and into the future.
Whether a yearly gift, your volunteer time, spreading the good word about Menucha, or partnering with us on a special project, there are many ways to support the magic that happens at Menucha every day.
Prefer to send a check? Our mailing address is PO Box 8, Corbett, OR 97019.
Yearly gifts provide for the most urgent needs of this special place, collectively forming a base of sustaining financial support to help Menucha deliver our mission of enriching lives.
The Menucha Fund represents how our donors can offer their general support to this wonderful place. From helping to fund our own programs in music, faith, and art or maintaining the infrastructure so we can host groups of all sizes and shapes, these yearly contributions are essential.
New option: If you are age 72 or older and make a contribution directly from your traditional IRA to a qualified charity – like the Friends of Menucha Foundation – you can donate up to $100,000 without it being considered a taxable distribution.
Fall Fundraising Dinner in September
A special Menucha tradition since 2002. Buy your tickets here
Restricted or targeted gifts have also been a tremendous help for Menucha. Donors and funding agencies helped with special projects such as replacing the roof on Wright Hall and painting the exteriors of Ballard Hall, Beam House, and Boyd Hall. If you’ve got an idea for a specific project you’d like to support, we would love to hear it!
Explore the Different Ways to Make an Impact
As we look to secure the future of this sacred space, we hope you will consider including Menucha in your planned giving. Leaving a legacy is something we think about often at Menucha — feeling gratitude for those who came before and wanting to set up future stewards with the resources they will need to ensure that our mission to enrich lives continues.
Take a look at the options and please don’t hesitate to reach out for support or with questions. We would also love to know if you already have included Menucha in your estate planning.
In the coming years, Menucha hopes to establish an endowment fund to be used specifically for the care and maintenance of our 100+ acres and numerous buildings and systems. The principal will be protected into perpetuity, and only the earnings would be available for spending, and of course if the fund becomes large enough, these crucial expenses could be covered in their entirety.
In addition to enjoying significant tax advantages, contributing to our endowment will connect future generations of your family to Menucha. And as with the majority of established nonprofits and institutions, an endowment at Menucha will be an important long-term investment that builds assets for our sustainability.
An estate gift can be made through a will or a trust, and options enable you to distribute assets to individuals and nonprofit organizations in the amounts or proportions indicated. Benefits include:
- The opportunity to make a major gift while preserving assets during your lifetime.
- Reduction in federal estate taxes.
- The chance to designate your gift to support a specific need or program at Menucha.
All assets, including cash, securities, real estate and tangible personal property, may be transferred to Menucha through a donor’s estate.
Donors can use life insurance to make a gift by designating Menucha as the owner and beneficiary. A donor receives a charitable income tax deduction based on the lesser of the policy’s fair market value or the net premiums paid. Donors may also wish to make gifts of paid-up policies, resulting in a charitable income tax deduction for the policy’s cash surrender value.
Property may be given outright to support the mission of Menucha and the donor can take a charitable income tax deduction based on the appraised value of the property.
Retained Life Estate is another option where a donor makes a gift of a personal residence to Menucha and retains the right to live in the home for life. The donor is responsible for maintenance costs, insurance and real estate taxes, and to substantiate the value of the property, the donor must obtain an appraisal from an independent qualified appraiser.
Making a gift of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(K), 403(b), IRA, Keogh or pension plan is another way to benefit Menucha and receive significant tax savings. Retirement plan assets are often subject to extremely high estate taxes and the income is fully taxable when received by an individual beneficiary.
By naming Menucha as the beneficiary, the donor maintains complete control over the assets during their lifetime, but at the donor’s death the plan passes to Menucha free of both estate and income taxes. When creating an estate plan, donors may wish to consider leaving their heirs other assets, such as cash and securities, which are not as highly taxed.
And if you are 72 or older, you can make a contribution anytime directly from your IRA without it being considered a taxable distribution.
Gifts of appreciated stock are an easy and tax-effective way to make a gift to Menucha. You can avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale and receive a charitable income tax deduction. Stocks or bonds can be transferred electronically from your brokerage or investment account to Menucha. Or, if you hold securities in certificate form, let us know, and we can advise on the next steps.
I just hope Menucha goes on forever and that everybody can experience in the future what we’ve been able to enjoy in our own lifetime. – Janet Eastman, third generation member of First Presbyterian Church
As valuable as monetary gifts, volunteer efforts are essential to Menucha’s well-being. Whether you join us for a work party, serve in a leadership role, or schedule regular times to help on the grounds, every hour you contribute makes a difference! We welcome individuals, groups of all sizes, and all skill sets.
Currently, work parties are scheduled for the following Saturdays (all from 9:00-12:00): June 25, September 24, October 15, and November 5.
Click here for the Menucha volunteer page.
Spread the Word
We are grateful for the support of our current community – and we would love for even more folks to know about us! Whether a prospective guest group, program participant, volunteer, or friend, we would appreciate your help in getting the word out.
It can be as easy as sharing our social media posts. Or if you belong to a non-profit, making sure they know about our offerings. If you love Menucha, tell people! Our guests who come to us through referrals are always extra fantastic to work with.
Menucha is a non-profit organization who primarily serves other non-profits. We also host religious groups, family reunions, and have one space for personal retreats. Menucha offers a wide range of lodging, from dormitory style to semi-private and private rooms; many of these are wheelchair accessible. Wireless internet access is widely available. In addition to residential and indoor meeting facilities, there are outdoor recreational and gathering spaces during the summer. One thing we consistently hear – guests love our delicious family-style meals. Check the Menucha website for more details, then fill out an online inquiry form or phone the office (503-695-2243).
Since 2006, Menucha has hosted our own programs primarily in the areas of faith, music, and art. From our yearly Ukulele Band Camp to our very popular Scrap & Sews (coming together to build community while working on your own projects), you won’t regret joining us — and they’re open to everyone! Details and registration can be found at the Menucha website.
Menucha Mailing List
You can choose to receive what works best for you! Sign up for our quarterly Menucha Meander, our twice-a-month Greetings from Menucha, and/or emails on our programs in faith, music, or art (or all three). Simply fill out this form and we’ll send you all the good news to know about what’s happening at Menucha.
In 2022, we’ll offer two events where everyone is welcome, and they are free of charge. We think of these like open houses, and they’re the perfect opportunity to share Menucha with friends, family, colleagues, or neighbors. They are: Lilac Walk (happened on Sunday, May 15), and the Homecoming Picnic (Saturday, August 6).
Prefer to send a check? Our mailing address is PO Box 8, Corbett, OR 97019.