Opportunities to give
Annual Appeal – Each year, NMC reaches out to the community seeking support for our organization and our staff. In 2020, we are focused on supports for retaining our staff so that we can continue to provide exceptional care. A gift to our annual appeal will help us increase our investment in training and professional development, provide improved equipment and make enhancements to their work environment. Click here to donate online.
Join in the support of our community and our hospital by donating to the NMC COVID-19 Fund – COVID-19 has created healthcare challenges globally and we have felt the impact of the pandemic here at NMC as well. NMC shifted focus from normal operations to COVID-19 preparations, meaning large-scale losses in revenue while we increased spending on testing, personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and more. As we begin to resume elective surgeries, procedures and some in-person medical office visits, our operations are still negatively impacted by the slow-downs necessary to provide care safely. Click here to donate.
Memorial & honor gifts – A charitable donation can be a wonderful, meaningful way to honor a special person. Families and friends have memorialized loved ones. Companies and co-workers have honored retirees. Gifts have been given on behalf of “the person who has everything.” Gifts have been given to fund specific hospital services, which have particular meaning to the donor. These gifts receive special attention in our Annual Report, and may qualify for an engraved Leaf on our Tree of Life.
Tree of life gifts – The Tree of Life is a beautiful maple tree sculpture in the hospital lobby. It is a striking piece of art which displays the names of major donors and those who have been honored by major gifts. The Tree of Life consists of a hand-carved maple trunk and branches. It has 300 engraveable brass “leaves” which commemorate gifts of $1,000 or more. At the base of the tree are 12 engraveable “stones” to honor gifts of $5,000 or more. These gifts may be made as cash donations or as pledges for up to three years.
Planned giving – Through gifts in wills, life insurance policies with the hospital as the benefactor, and other such planned gifts, individuals can ensure that their charitable spirit lives on. Individuals of all income levels can maximize their charitable giving while strategically managing their finances. We would be happy to provide you with more information about the many benefits of planned giving.
Matching gifts – Many employers will match charitable donations made by their employees. Please let us know if your employer will match your gift.
Gifts to special funds
The Diabetes Fund – This fund was established by NMC to provide financial assistance to local individuals living with diabetes and other ongoing medical expenses they face related to the disease.
Purpose: Distributions from the Fund include but are not limited to supporting patients and family members, wellness programs and general education regarding diabetes. The Fund will continue for as long as current-use gifts sufficient to sustain the Fund are received.
The Exceptional Care and Staff Expertise Fund – This fund supports training and education for our staff to include employees, volunteers and nurses. The Fund allows Northwestern Medical Center to invest in learning opportunities that will enhance the knowledge and expertise of our team.
The Jim Bashaw Cancer & Catastrophic Illness Fund – When Jim Bashaw died in August of 2000 from brain cancer, the loss affected not only his family and friends, but the entire community. In honor of Jim’s memory, a fund was established to provide financial assistance to residents of Franklin & Grand Isle Counties who are experiencing catastrophic illness from cancer or other causes.
Purpose: Distributions from the Fund include, but are not limited to, supporting the hospital’s ability to provide financial assistance to residents of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties who are experiencing catastrophic illness from cancer or other causes.
The Martin H. Wennar, MD Health Education Fund – The NMC Health Professions Scholarship Program Benefit Dinner began in 1987 to support the creation of the Health Education Fund. This fund provides scholarships to youth, in our community, who are seeking careers in the health care field. In 2003, the Health Education Fund was renamed after Dr. Wennar, in honor of his long standing commitment to encouraging health professions through scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to students entering health careers based on scholastic record and community service. For more information about applying for a scholarship from this fund, call Kate Laddison at (802) 524-1239.
The NMC Community Fund – This fund supports broad areas of need such as ensuring access to exceptional care and addressing social determinants of health.
The Palliative Care Fund – Palliative care is a way of caring for a person who has a life limiting disease. It is based on the understanding that dying is a normal part of life. These funds help our providers focus on providing quality of life by taking care of physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. It is also a means of giving support to the family and close friends. Purpose: Distributions from the Fund include, but are not limited to, palliative care services, the healing garden and the comfort cart all intended to support patients and family members with physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs during end of life care. The Fund will continue for as long as current-use gifts sufficient to sustain the Fund are received.
The Sowles Free Care Fund – This fund was established in 1954 by Elizabeth Bishop Perkins in memory of her grandfather, Hiram Benjamin Sowles, to support the hospital’s ability to provide care for those who cannot afford the care they need. Purpose: Distributions from the Fund include, but are not limited to support the hospital’s ability to provide care for those who cannot afford the care they need. The Fund will continue for as long as current-use gifts sufficient to sustain the Fund are received.