The Caring for Generations Society
Stepping inside the Northumberland Hills Hospital, it doesn't take long for patients and visitors to discover the wide array of state-of-the-art equipment that is available to our local communities. From a CT scanner to electric beds, new technology offers exciting new possibilities for patient care at the hospital.
It's important to note, however, that medical equipment typically requires upgrading every five to ten years. At the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation, our goal is to create a strong philanthropic program that will allow us to keep our hospital on the leading edge well into the future.
Members of our local communities are always asking how they can help keep Northumberland Hills Hospital at the forefront of new medical technology. One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to do this is through the Caring for Generations Society. Society memberships are available for a minimum annual donation of $1,000, with many members opting to pay their membership on a monthly ($83.33) or quarterly ($250) basis. Others choose an alternative payment schedule that is even more suitable.
Membership does have its privileges. In addition to knowing that your gift is supporting the important work of the local hospital, members will also be invited to an annual members' reception, and will receive personal invitations to attend other special hospital events throughout the year. Society members will also be treated to special tours of the hospital. "I strongly believe that when living in a community, you should become involved," expresses Dorothy Sifton, Charter Member of the Caring for Generations Society. "The local hospital is the heart of our community, really. I feel that joining the Caring for Generations Society was the right thing to do. My children and grandchildren live here too, so I want our hospital to be as strong as it can possibly be."
For more information about becoming a member of the Caring for Generations Society, please contact Rhonda Cunningham, Executive Director, Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation at: 905-377-7767 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is the Caring for Generations Society?
The Caring for Generations Society is comprised of community members who make an annual gift of $1,000 or greater in support of the Hospital.
Your gifts to the Foundation on an annual basis are cumulative and will help you reach the $1,000 level to obtain Society membership.
Medical equipment typically requires upgrading every five to ten years. Our goal is to create a strong philanthropic program that will allow us to keep our hospital on the leading edge well into the future. The funds raised through the Society help provide the hospital with an ongoing stream of financial support that they can depend on.
2. How will my donation be used?
Each year the hospital develops a priority equipment list and donations to the Society help to meet these equipment needs.
Monies raised through the Society are used to purchase capital equipment related to patient care and comfort. Donations are not used to fund the operating costs of the hospital.
3. Can I direct my donation to a specific area of the hospital?
Yes. Donors can choose to direct their gift to a specific area or program of the hospital that interests them.
4. Is it possible to make my donation monthly?
Yes. At the present time, many of our current members chose to make their donation on a monthly basis. As a matter of fact, donors can choose their own timetable for donations (i.e. monthly, quarterly, irregular, annual).
Many of our members have opted to make their commitment through a pre-authorized debit of $83.33 a month.
5. If my financial situation changes, can I cancel my pledge?
Yes. Membership in the Society is completely voluntary and can be changed at any time.
6. How will my gift be recognized?
We believe it is important to thank our members for their generous support in a visible manner. Each year, eligible Society members will be recognized on our Caring for Generations Society donor wall. In addition to this annual recognition, members will be permanently recognized on the Foundation’s main donor wall (prominently located inside the main entrance of the hospital).
It is important to note, that in many cases, your recognition will inspire other like-minded individuals to consider a gift in support of the hospital.
Throughout the year, members are also recognized at a special annual reception along with invitations to attend public Hospital and Foundation events.
Of course, if Society members wish, they can remain anonymous.
7. Will I receive a tax receipt?
Yes. All gifts are tax deductible.
8. Why does the hospital need my on-going financial support?
Technology, medications and the varied care techniques we use are always changing. This means that the care we provide to each patient and their family must also change and improve.
The provincial government does not provide funds for capital equipment. Within the last decade, it has become more and more of a community responsibility.
Our hospital is considered state-of-the-art. Our goal now is to ensure that we keep pace with technology and its many advancements. Gifts through the Society are one way that we can help our community the most.
9. What if I can’t donate $1,000?
Every gift in support of the hospital is appreciated and welcome. As an annual donor you will receive copies of our newsletter three times each year. The newsletter is the perfect vehicle for sharing information on how your donation has been used, in addition to sharing stories, celebrating successes and recognizing donors.
10. How is a gift to the Society different than a gift to the Light up a Life campaign?
Every gift in support of the hospital helps to purchase equipment. The Light up a Life campaign is only different in the fact that this campaign focuses on a specific item or items urgently needed by the hospital. This campaign is launched in mid-November and ends in mid-January.
11. If I want more information, who do I contact?
Rhonda Cunningham, Executive Director
Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation