On August 29, 1847 the Honorable Carl Wernle was married to Emilie Spannagel by Pastor F. W. Richman in Sponagle Lutheran Church. Pastor Carl Wernle and Emilie were parents of five children: Julie, Otillia (Tillie), Carl, Carrie, and Irene.
As they ministered they preached in several places in Ohio and Indiana spending most of their time in Galion, Ohio. In 1878 at the age of 48 Emilie died and was buried in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. In memory of his wife, Pastor Wernle made a bequest of $500 to the synod of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church for an orphanage. The 1880 synod minutes states that the first building of the Wernle Orphans Home and Asylum for the aged in Richmond, Indiana was dedicated May 4, 1879 with 58 orphans in their care. Little did Pastor Wernle know that his legacy would be felt by children more than a century later, serving more than 50,000 orphans, aged widows, and youth.
Leaving a gift in your Will provides funding for the long term, allowing Wernle to develop a clear plan for the years ahead. Please consider including Wernle in your estate plans. Thank you.
Ways to Give to Wernle
A gift to Wernle can be made in a number of different ways – as a bequest, as a memorial or tribute to another person, as a spontaneous online donation, or as a contribution to the Wernle Endowment.
Make a Monthly Gift
Make an even bigger impact to restore and heal troubled youth by making your gift monthly. Becoming a monthly donor means more care for the youth who need it the most.
Honor and Memorial Giving
You can remember and honor someone special by making a gift to Wernle in their name.
Your employer and coworkers can join you in helping our youth. There are multiple ways to get involved through workplace giving, including payroll deductions and matching gifts.
Be a part of our future by including Wernle in your estate plans. Your legacy can help support our shared vision of restoring hope to our youth.
Corporate Partnerships and Foundations
The efforts and generosity of our partners and their corporate giving initiatives have significantly enhanced Wernle’s youth-efforts. Join their efforts by involving your corporation or foundation.
Fundraisers for Wernle
We need your help getting your friends and family involved in our mission. A personal fundraiser is an easy and effective way to impact the lives of our youth together.
An increasingly popular charitable vehicle, donor-advised funds, are an excellent way to both simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your strategic philanthropic goals.
Wernle welcomes the opportunity to consider in-kind gifts of books, games, activity supplies, recreation equipment, capital improvements and other tangible items. In-kind donations directly benefit our youth – and makes a real difference in their lives.
Gift of Stock
Stocks, bonds or any other securities can be transferred as gifts. If the stock has appreciated in value, the holder can avoid paying the capital gains tax by giving it as a gift.
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