Enhancing care in our community is the mission of the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation, and it is a role we take very seriously. But it’s not something we can do alone. It requires the support of generous donors who share our commitment to improving healthcare at Rouge Valley, today and into the future.
Our donors each have their own reasons for giving. For some, it’s to say thank you for the care they received here as a patient. Others may support areas of the hospitals that hold special interest for them, such as someone with heart disease donating money to our Cardiac program.
Many of our donors have found unique ways to tailor their gifts, based on their giving preference and the method that best meets their financial situation. From planned gifts of life insurance or securities, to Memorial or Tribute gifts honouring someone close to them, the options for supporting Rouge Valley are as diverse as the community we serve.
By making a memorial gift to Rouge Valley, you are remembering a loved one and creating a legacy in their name that can have a tremendously positive impact on patients now and in the future. Memorial donations, which may be one-time gifts or annual contributions, are a wonderful way to honour family or friends. For memorial gifts, a special card of sympathy will be sent to the family on your behalf.
Often, donations are made as a tribute to someone special in your life—perhaps a physician, nurse, volunteer, teacher or friend. In some cases, tribute gifts are made in lieu of presents at weddings, retirements, birthdays, anniversaries or other significant milestone occasions. If you choose, a card with a personal message will be sent to the tribute recipient.
Planned giving allows donors to provide gifts of cash, property or other assets to the Rouge Valley Health System through wills, life insurance policies, or a variety of other means. By integrating planned gifts into your overall financial, tax and estate plan, you can increase the benefits to both you and Rouge Valley. One key advantage of planned giving is that you can defer your gift. This gives donors the opportunity of providing larger gifts, without impacting their existing finances or lifestyle. Immediate tax benefits on future gifts make this an attractive option for many donors. These gifts provide a source of stable future funding, which ensures that Rouge Valley remains a strong and vibrant part of its community. They allow us to purchase equipment, train staff, fund capital projects and support the future needs of our health care system.
Establishing an endowment fund in recognition of an individual or group is an excellent way to provide lasting funding for Rouge Valley, while creating a permanent living legacy that will have a positive impact on healthcare in our community. The initial endowment amount is invested, and the income from that fund is used to provide annual funding for the area of your choice. Endowment funds may be used to support education, equipment purchases or other capital costs, either to a specific program or to Rouge Valley’s highest priority needs.
Fundraising can be fun, and for many community organizations, service clubs, schools and local businesses, it’s a great way to team-build and support Rouge Valley at the same time. Bake sales, garage sales, dances, and golf tournaments are all terrific ways to get involved and raise funds for Rouge Valley.