At NMC we appreciate every donation our members are able to provide, allowing us to enhance our hospital and continue to provide a quality service for the community. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call our Director of Development, Jeff Moreau at (802) 524-8467.

Opportunities to give

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.

Donation of stock – For information about donation of stocks, click here.

Gifts to special funds

Exceptional – The Campaign for NMC – Distributions this Fund are restricted and support Northwestern Medical Center “the Hospital” in achieving its master facility plan as outlined in certificate of needs requests to the Green Mountain Care Board for the State of Vermont.

Purpose: The Fund will continue for as long as current-use gifts sufficient to sustain the Fund are received. For an official, signed copy of the fund description, click here.

The NMC Community Fund – Helps to ensure access to exceptional care, enhanced community wellness programs and enriched educational opportunities to expand the expertise of our staff.

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 support 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. For an official, signed copy of the fund description, click here.

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.  For an official, signed copy of the fund description, click here.

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 or email Kate directly.

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. For an official, signed copy of the fund description, click here

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. For an official, signed copy of the fund description, click here.