Frequently Asked Questions About the DHLC Foundation


Q. What is the Desert Hills Lutheran Church Foundation?

A. The mission of the Desert Hills Lutheran Church Foundation is to provide an effective means to administer contributions to the Foundation so as to enhance the outreach of the Desert Hills Lutheran Church apart from its' general operation.


Q. Who manages the Foundation?

A. The Foundation is managed by a board of directors either elected by the congregation or appointed by the congregation council. Current board officers are Ray Weisgarber, President, Neal Engbloom, First Vice President, Judy Gunson, Second Vice President and Council Representative, Dave Carver, Treasurer and Finance Committee Representative. Geri Beal, Secretary.  Members: Robert Blachly,
Ed Bonderson, Melissa Buscho representing Pastor Overson, Tom Fahey, 
Neal Johnson, Lowell Kramer, Ardith Nelson, Mary Lou Olson and Don Duensing, Emeritus

Q. How is the Foundation income distributed?

A. The distributions of the Foundation may be designated, but not limited, to the following purposes: local missions, outreach, evangelism, scholarships, ministry to youth, ministry to the aged, promotion of worship services, provide for growth, and support to the DHLC pastoral team. The method of distribution will be determined by a resolution of the Board of Directors of the Foundation at the beginning of each fiscal year. The intent of the Foundation is to distribute the net income annually on a one year lagging basis.


Q. Who determines the recipients of the Foundation grants?

A. The board of directors of the Foundation.

Q. How do I make gifts to the Foundation?

A. There are a variety of ways but here are several:

♦ By making an outright gift during your life—gifting appreciated securities could have significant tax advantages where you gift the appreciated stock to the Desert Hills Lutheran Church Foundation and avoid the capital gains tax.

♦ By making a gift under your will or trust agreement to the Desert Hills Lutheran Church Foundation.

♦ By naming the Desert Hills Lutheran Church Foundation as beneficiary of a life insurance policy, annuity, individual retirement account (IRA) or other qualified plan account.

♦ By naming the Desert Hills Lutheran Church Foundation as beneficiary under a "payable on death" (POD) account of "transfer on death" (TOD) account.

♦ By naming the Desert Hills Lutheran Church Foundation a beneficiary under a charitable remainder trust or a charitable lead trust.

♦ By retaining the use of a residence or farm real estate during your life and giving the "remainder" to the Desert Hills Lutheran Church Foundation.

Q. What is the Overson Christian Leadership Scholarship Fund?

A. This fund was established to honor Pastor Overson's leadership and vision for Desert Hills. Our goal is to provide financial support to cover the annual tuition cost for students embarking upon a Christian leadership career path. 

Q. What is the legal name of the Foundation?

A. The Foundation's legal name is Desert Hills Lutheran Church Foundation, an Arizona nonprofit corporation. The address is 2150 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley AZ 85622. You may contact Melissa Buscho, Administrator, at 520.648.1633.

Before deciding how to make your charitable gift, you should consult with your accountant, attorney, or other tax adviser.