Donor Relations

Donor Relations

A Message to Donors...

It is an honor to work with donors like you who add meaning and purpose to their lives by "Doing the Most Good" for others through their philanthropic support.

The Salvation Army’s philosophy is simple in its approach, yet transformational by its impact:

  • When someone needs help, we offer it;
  • We do not ask why or make judgments;
  • We simply identify the need and seek to serve.

We honor the faith you place in us to carry out your philanthropic goals and pledge our commitment to stewarding donor dollars with the greatest of care. This includes striving to maintain our practice of applying 84 cents of every dollar donated to serving those who reach out to us for help. We give you our word.

I am continually inspired by the hope your generosity generates in the lives of those who struggle and by the power it has to transform lives. I look forward to visiting with you to learn more about why you have chosen to support the Army and to share the many areas of meaningful service you make possible.

Thank you for allowing us to Do the Most Good, for the most people, as many times as we encounter the need.

Gratefully yours,
Jennifer Meligonis DeJohn, Donor Relations Director

Plan now to make a tax-free gift from your IRA in 2020

IRA Rollover

Easy IRA gifts for donors 72 and Older

Did you know that you can make a tax-free gift from your IRA to The Salvation Army and have it count toward your required minimum distribution?

If you are 72 years or older, you can instruct your IRA custodian to make a direct transfer from your IRA account to The Salvation Army.

It's a simple, but effective way to minimize the tax bite associated with IRA required minimum distributions.

Learn more about IRA Rollovers

For 150 years, The Salvation Army has fulfilled its mission to Do the Most Good, thanks to significant gifts of support from our loyal donors.

Your investment has been written on the lives of the poor, the hungry, the discouraged, the unemployed, and the forgotten who reach out to us for help and assistance in meeting the basic necessities of life. It has also been written on the lives of The Salvation Army Officers who have taken up the mantle of service in our communities.

Gifts of support to The Salvation Army ensure our ability to sustain a comprehensive range of Social Services that serve and uplift, Youth, Veterans, Homeless, Hungry, Elderly, Unemployed, and those who seek to enrich their faith through worship at our church services. Through your generosity, we can maintain and restore Corps Community Centers (where the bulk of our work with the poor and underserved takes place), and create new programs that address the challenges and needs of our time.

Endowment Gifts... Enduring Impact

Gifts toward endowment are invested by the Army, and the income from the gift is directed toward a purpose selected by the donor. That purpose could be "restricted" to the services we provide in your hometown or it can be used broadly to address a widespread need facing communities in our region.

Only the income from the principal is expended in accordance with the Army's spending rule, so that the gift continues in perpetuity, helping to safeguard The Salvation Army's commitment to serve those most in need against changing economic climates.

Endowment opportunities are flexible in nature, offer naming opportunities, and are structured in collaboration with the donor to meet the donor's specific intent for the gift.

Donor Relations Director

Jennifer Meligonis DeJohn

Jennifer Meligonis DeJohn
Southern New England Division
855 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
Office: 860-702-0037
Cell: 860-539-1480

Gifts of Support to The Salvation Army

IRA Rollover
Gifts of Cash
Making a gift from your Donor Advised Fund
Charitable Gift Funds
Endowed Gifts
Family Foundation Grants
Appreciated Stock Gifts

Giving Societies

William Booth Society
Circle of Grace

How do you want to change the world?

Donors who choose, can direct their support toward a specific purpose that matches their personal interests with the needs and priorities of The Salvation Army and the communities we serve. Conversely, a donor can leave that decision to The Salvation Army to apply to where the needs are the greatest.

Such purposes include Feeding programs and Soup Kitchens, Homeless Shelters and Rapid Re-housing initiatives, Early Learning Centers for pre-school children, Emergency Disaster Services, Camp, Veteran, Youth, and Elderly enrichment programs. Your gifts may also lead to recognition opportunities, which honor or memorialize a person of the donor's choosing.

Doing The Most Good!

Whether it's embracing the homeless, uplifting the abused or abandoned, training and mentoring the disadvantaged, providing character building programs for youth, or assisting the displaced or elderly, The Salvation Army's goal remains the same: serving the most people, meeting the most needs, DOING THE MOST GOOD!