Since our beginning in 1990, the Foundation has provided close to One Million Dollars to help home health and hospice patients in need and the need is continually growing! Foundation dollars have paid for over a thousand visits and provided funding for such diverse needs as:
- Medical equipment that would not otherwise be available in this area
- Programs that bring pain relief and comfort to the sick and dying
- Care for at risk mothers and newborns
- Treatment of wounds, burns and bed sores
- Education of patients in the use of equipment and medications
- Respite relief to ease the burden and anxiety of the family and primary caregivers of long term patients
- Hospice care enabling victims of terminal illness to die at home, in dignity, surrounded by those they love.
The needs have increased dramatically over the last several years and there has been an even greater challenge in finding dollars to pay for those needs. With the support from caring individuals like you, the Visiting Nurses Foundation has been able to answer those pleas for help. Without the generosity of our supporters, hundreds of real people undergoing real pain and suffering would not have had much needed care. On the reverse side are real stories of people who have been helped by your funds.
Your tax-deductible contribution would be especially effective because 100% of it goes toward funding care and equipment. All staff and overhead costs are covered by income from the Visiting Nurses Thrift Shop – a business that also provides core funding for the Foundation’s mission.
Methods of Donating
Many individuals have found deep satisfaction in making memorial contributions to the Visiting Nurses Foundation. In this way they may serve the living and pay thoughtful tribute to the treasured memory of a relative, friend or associate. A growing custom is that of sending gifts to the Foundation as a gracious gesture in celebration of birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. An immediate acknowledgment, which includes your name and address, is sent to the individual, group or family of the person being honored or memorialized.
Gifts of cash, securities, real estate or personal property are truly appreciated. Current IRS regulations provide significant income tax savings for gifting appreciated assets to the Visiting Nurses Foundation. For example: if you donate stock bought at $10 per share and now worth $100 per share, you will get a tax-deductible gift of $100 per share and never have to pay capital gains tax on our $90 per share gain.
Any items you might wish to donate to us will greatly benefit the operation of the shops and therefore, the Foundation and the patients we help. Proceeds from the Visiting Nurses Thrift shops provide a major source of revenue for the Foundation and therefore, to those in medical need. The shops also fulfill the mission of providing clean, decent clothing and other needed items to the poor at extremely reasonable prices.
The Foundation is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit, charitable organization. Your donations are tax deductible and we will be pleased to write you a receipt for those donations. Our tax id # is 91-14678-48.
A growing number of friends have already made provisions for Visiting Nurses Foundation in their wills. If you are considering a bequest to Visiting Nurses Foundation, there are several possibilities: a cash bequest, a gift of property, a share of the residue of the estate or the remainder of a trust after the lifetime of a family member. The Visiting Nurses Foundation can help you and your legal counsel in developing a plan suited to your family obligations and your desire to support the Foundation.
Sample language for:
“I give, devise, and bequeath to Visiting Nurses Foundation, in Centralia, WA _____________ (insert sum or description of property).”
“I give, devise, and bequeath to Visiting Nurses Foundation, in Centralia, WA, all (or a portion – for example, 50% of the rest, residue, and remainder) of my estate.
“ In the event that _____________ (insert name of primary beneficiary) shall not survive me, or shall die within ninety (90) days from the date of my death, then I give, devise, and bequeath all of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to Visiting Nurses Foundation in Centralia, WA.
When thinking about making a charitable donation to Visiting Nurses Foundation, consider a gift of life insurance. In this way you can make a significant contribution without lowering your standard of living or depleting hard-earned savings. A gift of life insurance can be tailored to fit your own financial situation and needs. Following are only a few ways that life insurance can be used for charitable giving.
You can give an existing policy, either with premiums paid up or still owing. If the policy is paid up, your income tax deduction is the replacement cost (what it would cost to acquire comparable coverage). If the policy still has premiums owing, your deduction is approximately the cash value at the time the policy is assigned to the Visiting Nurses Foundation. If you continue to make premium payments, you may also deduct the amount of the payments.
It may be that you wish to retain ownership of the policy to have access to its cash value. You can still make a gift by naming the Visiting Nurses Foundation as primary beneficiary. You can also name the Foundation as a contingent beneficiary to receive proceeds if the primary beneficiaries have predeceased you. Naming the Foundation as a beneficiary does not result in any income tax savings, but if proceeds are paid to the Foundation, they will qualify for a federal estate tax deduction.