The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organization (EIN/tax ID number: 41-1946191). LFM is registered annually as such with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State and with the Charities Division of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.
In addition to supporting the work of the foundation, charitable contributions made to LFM as a donor are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
A financial gift to LFM may be made directly to the organization, as a planned gift, through participation in an activity or an event or through a workplace giving program. In addition, gifts can be designated in a variety of ways.
Annual unrestricted gifts address immediate needs for direct LFM participant support, educational programs, on-going organizational operations, communications and technology, or grant-making.
Established funds (and endowed funds) are designated for a specific aspect of LFM’s work over time and support critical aspects of our mission. Examples include clinical research and fellowships, programs for children and their families impacted by lupus, and grants to those in crisis. For specific details on each of these funds see the (established funds) link under Grants and Research.
Those who would like to make a donation or financial gift to LFM can donate via credit card online or by personal check. Checks should be made out to the “Lupus Foundation of Minnesota” and mailed to: The Atrium, Suite 135, 2626 East 82nd St., Bloomington, MN 55425.
Planned Giving Opportunities
Planned giving is any major gift, made in lifetime or at death as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning. Individual donations can make a significant contribution to the work of LFM. Gifts can be designated to specifically support direct services to people living with lupus, cutting-edge research, grants to individuals in crisis, or organizational operations.
There are many opportunities for donors to express their commitment to LFM’s work and/or to honor a friend or family member through a named or endowed gift. For some, that may mean a gift that can be used immediately, or it may mean establishing a gift that can fund a specific effort, which is ongoing or will provide support in the future.
We urge those interested in a planned gift to LFM, to meet with their legal representatives or financial advisers to develop an appropriate giving plan. LFM cannot provide legal or financial advice, but we are happy to provide information about current or future programming and grant making within the Foundation and current areas of need.
Community Health Charities Minnesota (CHCM) facilitates workplace giving programs that support 33 local charities, including the LFM. Workplace giving programs support LFM-funded research, prevention, staff and direct programs for people affected by serious health issues and offer a convenient way to give. CHCM reviews, evaluates and monitors all its member charities annually to ensure high standards of service and quality in order to improve lives affected by chronic illness. If you’re interested in establishing a workplace-giving program to support LFM where you work, call us at 952-746-5151. For more information about CHCM, visit their website at healthcharitiesmn.org.
An in-kind donation is a gift of goods or services. In-kind donations of used items such as clothing, furniture, books, appliances or even vehicles provide vital sources of revenue which are a significant support to the efforts of LFM. Donations of gently used household items make them available and affordable to others who might need them, and prevents them from otherwise ending up in a landfill. Donating used vehicles can help you dispose of an eyesore you no longer use or want and can help support LFM’s mission at the same time.