Tax-deductible gifts to the Lakeside Annual Fund will help ensure a successful and vital future for Lakeside Chautauqua. Unrestricted giving is among the most valuable of gifts Lakeside can receive. You might ask yourself, how do I give to Lakeside?

Make a Gift to Lakeside

Online: Making an online donation is quick, easy and secure. Visit to give a gift today.

Phone: You also have the option of providing credit card information over the phone by calling the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation at (419) 798-4461, ext. 246.

Mail: Please make checks payable to the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation and mail to 236 Walnut Avenue, Lakeside, OH 43440.

In-Person: Visit the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation staff at the Legacy House, 217 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440.

Set Up a Monthly Gift

Stand with fellow Lakesiders today and provide much-needed financial support to protect the pillars of Lakeside during this COVID-19 crisis by committing to a monthly gift to the Lakeside Annual Fund.

Lakeside is challenging 200 Lakeside friends and families to unite and support the Lakeside Annual Fund this fiscal year by committing to a monthly gift. If not you, then who will step up to help us protect and maintain Lakeside Chautauqua during these uncertain times?

Commit to a monthly gift to support the area of Lakeside you're most passionate about all year long. Recurring gifts allow you to divide your gift into manageable increments and make it easy to increase your annual donation to reach a higher level of support by establishing affordable, automatic deductions from your credit card, debit card or checking account at the beginning of each month instead of one large gift at year-end.

Establishing a recurring gift is easy — set up your gift by contacting the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation at (419) 798-4461, ext. 246 or

More information about Monthly Giving

Give through your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD)

If you are 72 years old or older, you are required to take a distribution from your qualified retirement account. This is referred to as a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). With the recent changes in standard deductions, there can be a substantial tax benefit by making charitable deductions from your RMD. For example, if your Required Minimum Distribution is $100,000.00, and you would make charitable gifts from your RMD in the amount of $20,000.00, this would reduce the taxable income from the RMD to $80,000.00. If you then applied the standard deduction of $27,000.00, your taxable income would be reduced to $53,000.00.

On the other hand, using the same distribution of $100,000.00 as an RMD, and you itemize your deductions, and let’s say you have a $20,000.00 charitable deduction and another $15,000.00 in additional qualified deductions, your total deductions would be $35,000.00 and your income would be $100,000.00, leaving $65,000.00 in taxable income. Under this scenario, you would be paying tax on $12,000.00 less if you used your RMD to make charitable contributions. Please note that the checks must be made out directly to the charities from your IRA Trustee.

It should be noted for 2020, there was no requirement to take any funds from your RMD. Therefore, if you took no funds, or less than the maximum, it could be beneficial tax-wise to wait until the first part of 2021 to make some of the charitable gifts out of your RMD since at least at this point, the RMD will be re-instituted in 2021 and all of those funds, except charitable gifts will be subject to income tax.

Plan a Gift

The Founders Society honors those who make a gift to Lakeside in the form of bequests, pledged gifts, real estate gifts, life insurance, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, IRA charitable rollover and retirement plans. You can transfer funds directly from your IRA to your favorite area at Lakeside.

Establishing these gifts requires the assistance of a knowledgeable advisor to ensure it is customized to fit individual needs. For more information on gift planning, contact your personal attorney or financial planner and the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation at (419) 798-4461, ext. 246.

Matching Gifts

Utilizing a matching gift is a significant and easy way to maximize the impact of your generosity to Lakeside. A matching gift is a donation from the company you work for or have retired from to a charitable organization of your designation. An increasing number of companies are offering matching gift opportunities for both employees and retirees. Each company varies in policy, as well as by their percentage of a match.

Utilizing a matching gift is a significant and easy way to maximize the impact of your generosity to Lakeside Chautauqua. To see if your company has a matching gift program, check with your employer’s Human Resource/Personnel Office.

Shop on AmazonSmile

Give to Lakeside simply by shopping on AmazonSmile, a website that's operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as The only difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products, which are marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation,” are donated to the non-profit of your choice. Login in to, select ‘Lakeside Association’ and start shopping to support Lakeside today.


The Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation invites you to consider volunteering your time to raise financial gifts towards the Lakeside Fund as a Lakeside Fund Ambassador. This fund supports the Chautauqua program each year. Lakeside Fund Ambassadors make visits, phone calls and send personal emails to other Lakesiders and share what the community means to them. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, contact the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation at (419) 798-4461, ext. 246.