Financial Giving

ECFA_AccreditedJoy El, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. (Click here to learn more about ECFA), a financial accreditation agency, with over 1,100 members that has strict guidelines for membership, including an annual independent audit which is available upon request. All gifts are tax deductible and receipts are issued for all gifts within one week.



Gifts to Joy El may be made in the following ways:

1) ONLINE - Simply click here!

2) PHONE – (CREDIT CARDS) — Call us and provide your credit card information over the phone and your gift will be applied to your credit card today! We accept VISA and Mastercard. We can also set up an automated monthly charge to the credit card of your choice.

3) MAIL – (CHECKS) — Gifts given by check should be made out to “Joy El” and mailed to Joy El, 3741 Joy-El Drive, Greencastle, PA 17225. If you wish to designate your funds for a specific purpose, such as to support a specific missionary or finance a capitol project, write this on an enclosed note.

4) ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER — Include Joy El  each month automatically by having your regular monthly donation electronically transferred from a savings or checking account. Call our office and request an EFT form to be sent to you by mail or fax.

5) STOCKS AND OTHER SECURITIES — You can take advantage of current tax laws by gifting your highly appreciated stock to Joy El. You will be able to write-off the market value of the securities while Joy El can sell or retain the shares without a tax consequence. Call our office for more details.

6) GIFT ANNUITIES AND WILLS — Interested in the future of Joy El? Leave a legacy with a charitable gift annuity! This option provides interested parties with a flexible option including Joy El in their retirement and estate planning. Click here to download a printable application or contact Miriam for more details at (717)369-4539 or miriamATjoyelDOTorg.

7) MATCHING GRANTS — Double your gift! Many employers will contribute to 501(c)(3) organizations that their employees support. Check with the Human Resources department of your employer to see if they will match your gift.

8) IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVERS – If you own an IRA and are over age 70 ½, you may transfer up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to Joy El because we are a qualified charity. This opportunity is in effect until December 31, 2014.  You may reduce your income taxes with an IRA charitable rollover, and you may find the IRA charitable rollover a very convenient way to make a year-end gift. The “American Taxpayer Relief Act” (the Act) allows taxpayers to exclude their required IRA distributions from their taxable income so long as they transfer the distributed funds to a qualified charity.

An easy way to start an IRA charitable rollover is to send an email to your IRA custodian. This is usually a financial services company that manages your IRA. Please check their website for the correct email address.  Click here for a sample email message you can use.  If you use this email message, please enter your account number in the blank.

Thanks very much for your support

Contact us about your donation: Joy El,  3741 Joy-El Drive, Greencastle, PA 17225 
phone: (717) 369-4539 email:

Sponsoring Events

Joy El would like to invite you to sponsor any of our events. We provide four direct opportunities for sponsorship each year.

During the last Saturday in April, we hold the Joy El Jubilee, an all day community event that showcases the programs in our ministry. Throughout the day, numerous activities take place all over the campground of Joy El. Volunteers and staff members provide events such as face painting, camp activities, chicken dinners, haywagon rides, and much more. We use this time to encourage the surrounding communities to get to know us as well as prospective campers, Released Time students and their families. The day averages over 1100 visitors. We need 3 to 5 corporate sponsors to help us provide this day.

In late October and early November, we hold four “Stewardship Banquets.” The banquets are held at locations in Lancaster and York and at Joy El. The evenings are filled with music, testimonies from program participants and great food. Our sponsors are very valuable in underwriting the costs of these banquets. We are seeking approximately 40 table sponsors as well as 3 to 4 premier and premium sponsors.

Many businesses consider these events excellent opportunities to advertise their company while supporting a worthwhile cause. If you are interested in sponsoring any of these events, please contact Miriam at 717-369-4539 or email her at