Thank you Solarity Credit Union for partnering with The Memorial Foundation for the Healthy Yakima Initiative. Plans are underway for upcoming healthy living educational opportunities, so stay tuned.
A supporter of local healthcare initiatives for many years, once again this past year the Yakima Fred Meyer store held a coin box collection campaign. Combined with employee donations, the proceeds will be used to benefit the Healthy Yakima Initiative that encompasses a wide range of community programs – diabetes education, childhood obesity, breastfeeding support groups, and services just to name a few. Thank you, Fred Meyer Yakima for your generosity.
Made possible by proceeds from the Gift Shop at Memorial, the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently made an allocation to buy three reclining chairs for patient rooms at Cottage in the Meadow. With the knowledge that many hours are spent at the bedside of loved ones, reclining chairs have been purchased through donor gifts and now through this special Auxiliary allocation. The goal is to have a recliner in each of the patient rooms at Cottage. Patients and their advocates will all rest easier, thanks to our generous community. Shop at the Gift Shop at Memorial…it does make an impact!
The Granger Lions Club held a Fun Run this past fall to raise funds for local cancer care services. Pictured are Aida Valenzuela presenting the check along with Cindy Chapman and Kathleen Carrillo from the Foundation.
We are grateful to the Granger Lions Club for their gift to benefit programs at North Star Lodge and the patients in survivorship. These complementary programs are deeply beneficial for patients and their families, and are completely dependent upon community gifts to The Memorial Foundation.
We are working on building endowment to create income to assure future funding, even in lean times. To that end, and in celebration of the Foundation’s 25th anniversary, we have initiated a Legacy Endowment Campaign with a short-term goal of $1,000,000 over the next year and $5,000,000 in new support over the next five years. This fund will provide resources in perpetuity for existing program sustainability and new service development and implementation. We can think of no better way to honor the Foundation’s first 25 years than to secure the next 25. Be sure to put The Memorial Foundation in your will. Many estate gifts come in each year to build the endowment fund.
Our best to you this holiday season. We gratefully thank you for your generous heart!
This graph showcases donations approved for distribution for the 2015/16 fiscal year.
The Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees authorized distribution of your donated dollars to the areas in which you place a priority, as signified by your generous giving. You can be assured that we put donated dollars right back into the community for healthcare programs and services.
During a recent donor survey, our donors were very clear about a couple of points:
1 – Donors want their gifts to stay local
2 – Donors want their Foundation to be managed efficiently
Rest assured, The Memorial Foundation (a separate 501(c)3, with its own board of trustees) stays true to its mission to Advance and transform healthcare in Yakima. We are committed to keeping your generous contributions going towards programs and services right here in our own community…always have, always will.
We are happy to report the Attorney General’s Office Charitable Solicitations Program newest report states that The Memorial Foundation devotes 89% of donations directly to health programs. Another confirmation and reassurance that our community’s charitable dollars stay local and support community healthcare programs, patients, and families.
The Memorial team has been designing a broader continuum of services that spans from the first life-limiting illness patients and their families are facing, to Cottage in the Meadow. That continuum is called Compass Care. You have told us that Cottage in the Meadow must expand, and that a broader range of support services must be created. We are now on that journey. You will hear more exciting news about this in the coming months as plans are solidified.
- Additional diabetes education classes, helping 340 people and their families learn to live a healthier lifestyle, reducing their risk for developing diabetes
- Purchase of new therapy toys and tools for children in pediatric therapy at Children’s Village
- Childhood obesity prevention programs, bringing at-risk children and their parents together with nutritional education and fitness activities
- Caregiver education support for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients
- Sensitivity training for first responders helping non-communicative members of our community
- And a multitude of programs and services across the entire Memorial Family of Services, covering the full continuum of healthcare