Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I give to Franciscan Health Foundation?

Your generosity—along with that of our other friends and supporters—makes possible the programs and projects that are hallmarks of our mission. Not only is giving satisfying, it can be rewarding, and it allows you to make a personal statement, shape the future, and leave a lasting legacy.

What is the best way to give to Franciscan Health Foundation?

There is no “best way.” Rather, there are many ways to give. You can write a check, use a credit card, transfer stock, bonds, retirement plan assets, or real estate. You can make a gift in your will or designate us as the beneficiary of an IRA. If you would like our help exploring gift opportunities, simply use the “contact us” button above to get in touch.

How do I know how my gift will be used?

To some extent you can designate how your gift will be used. You can apply it to an existing fund, or you can state that a gift should be used to support our overall mission, AKA the “area of greatest need.”

How do I designate how I want my gift to be used?

You can specify your wishes with a letter of intent, create a Memorandum of Agreement, or simply write in the memo portion of your check which existing Foundation fund you would like to give to. If you are interested in creating a new fund through an endowment, please contact us for more information.

How can I find out more about making a gift of stock or including Franciscan Health Foundation in my estate plan?

Simply contact us and we will be happy to talk to you about gift opportunities.

What is the difference between a designated gift and an unrestricted gift?

A designated gift is used for the special purpose that you specify. An unrestricted gift is put in a general fund that supports all of our programs and projects as well as our overall mission.

How does a gift in my will work?

A gift in your will—a charitable bequest—lets you make a gift now that is realized some time in the future. You can designate in your will that Franciscan Health Foundation receives a specific amount or certain property at your death. If you already have a will, your attorney can easily amend it through a codicil. Since a bequest gift is not completed today, you have the opportunity to change the gift arrangement if your needs or goals change. For many of our donors, a charitable bequest is an ideal way to make a meaningful gift.

I’d like to make a gift but I don’t know if I can make a gift now…

Whatever your philanthropic goals are, planning now is the right thing to do. However, planning now does not mean you have to give now. Some of the most meaningful and rewarding gifts are those that can be planned today and completed later. Ask us for more information.