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Support the mission of Great Plains Health Care Foundation. Invest in local healthcare.

Your gift is part of your legacy, a promise to the future of Great Plains Health and the health of the entire region.

A donation can be made as an outright cash gift, a multi-year pledge or a planned gift. Every gift the Foundation receives makes a difference in the ability to further the mission through enhancements in patient care and patient experience. In an effort to appropriately acknowledge donations at all levels of giving, the Foundation established giving clubs and donor programs to thank and recognize our generous investors, both annually and cumulatively. Foundation committees oversee the giving clubs and are charged with building better relationships with donors through events and improved communication.

Donors will be automatically recognized on the Foundation's donor wall, updated annually, in the lobby of Great Plains Health under the appropriate giving club, and will be notified of upcoming Great Plains Health and Great Plains Health Care Foundation events. Donors also receive the Foundation e-newsletter, published monthly.

Click on any of the giving program below for more information.

Partners in Health | Individuals or business partners

Partners in Health

Partners in Health | Individuals or business partners

Partners in Health members are individuals or businesses that show their support to the Foundation through annual gifts. Participation in the Partners in Health club reflects a consistent commitment to supporting healthcare services in our region.

Membership eligibility

Membership in the Partners in Health is extended to individuals or businesses who make a minimum investment of $100 each year.

Recognition

Benefits to joining the Partners in Health club include:

  • Recognition on the donor wall in the main lobby at Great Plains Health
  • Invitation to exclusive Foundation donor events
  • Early and/or private invitations to Gift Shop events

Additional benefits are distinguished by giving level:

Bronze $100-$999

Listed in Foundation newsletter

Silver $1000-$2500

Listed in Foundation newsletter

+ Supporter spotlight feature in Foundation newsletter

Gold $2500-$5000

Listed in Foundation newsletter

+ Supporter spotlight feature in Foundation newsletter

+ Supporter spotlight in social media

+ Sponsorship of designated Foundation events

Platinum $5000+ (business)

Listed in Foundation newsletter

+ Supporter spotlight feature in Foundation newsletter

+ Supporter spotlight in social media

+ Sponsorship of designated Foundation events

+ Included in welcome gift baskets to medical staff

Legacy Circle

Legacy Circle - Personal platinum members

The Legacy Circle was founded by the Foundation to promote ongoing support to Great Plains Health by recognizing individuals for their generous philanthropic gifts.

Membership eligibility

Membership in the Legacy Circle is extended to those who have made an investment of $10,000 or more beginning in 2016. It is suggested that this pledge be paid within five years, but may be extended up to 10 years if preferred, or through a payment schedule specified by the donor. Please contact a Foundation staff to review your options to join the Legacy Circle.

Recognition

Benefits to joining the Legacy Circle include:

  • Listing in marketing publications where applicable
  • Recognition on the donor wall in the main lobby at Great Plains Health
  • Gift of appreciation
  • Invites to annual donor recognition event, special events
  • Special recognition/promotion at events as determined by the donor and the Foundation

Employee gifts

HERO Club

Employee gifts | H.E.R.O. Club

Hospital Employees Reaching Out

What is the H.E.R.O. Club?

H.E.R.O. Club members are GP Health employees and employed physicians who donate funds to Great Plains Health Care Foundation for specific projects at GP Health.

Why does the hospital need my support?

Many of us support charities of our choosing. We often forget, however, that the very hospital in which we work is dependent upon contributions to continue its own charitable mission to our community. Patient revenue and government reimbursement no longer cover all hospital costs. It has become common for hospital foundations to raise funds to assist in meeting the needs of patients through the purchase of equipment, technology and the funding of hospital programs.

How are projects determined?

New H.E.R.O. Club funded projects are chosen each year by the employee giving committee from grant applications submitted by GP Health employees. The committee meets six times per year. Let us know if you'd like to join!

How can I demonstrate my support to the H.E.R.O. Club?

By making a single donation or a payroll deduction of any amount. Payroll deduction gifts will continue each year and automatically support each H.E.R.O. Club selected project. To become an H.E.R.O. and sign up for payroll deduction, please visit the Foundation office, located in the main hallway between the cafe and coffee shop.

Recognition

Benefits to joining the H.E.R.O. Club include:

  • Recognition on the H.E.R.O. Club donor wall
  • Listing in marketing publications where applicable
  • Invitation to exclusive H.E.R.O. Club events
  • Early and/or private invitations to Gift Shop events
  • H.E.R.O. Club logo gifts such as badges, mugs, t-shirts

Tribute gifts

Memorials and tributes

A gift in honor or in memory of a loved one or friend is a special way to pay tribute or celebrate a special occasion.

Donations may be made online or may be sent directly to the Foundation office at the address below.

The Foundation will send donors an acknowledgement gift and either the family (in the case of memorials) or honored person (in the case of tribute gifts) will also be notified of the gift. Your gift amount will be excluded.

Tribute gifts may be designated by the family or by the donor. If no designation is provided, the gift will support the current annual project identified by the Foundation Board of Directors.

A memorial book is kept in the chapel listing the honored person as well as those making a donation in their honor or memory. The book is updated quarterly.

Please send memorials to:

Great Plains Health Care Foundation
PO Box 1167
North Platte, NE 69103

We ask that you include the tribute name and address for the notification of gift. In the case of memorials, please also include the family member you wish to receive notification.

Touching Lives

Touching Lives is a program of thanks and caregiver recognition for our patients, families and friends.

A simple note of thanks is an appreciated and meaningful way to recognize the exceptional care that you or a loved one received during your time with us. If anyone at Great Plains Health has exemplified our organization's values by making your health care experience special in any way, large or small, we would be honored to know. By sharing your note with us, we can pass the good news along to recognize and celebrate with that team member.

Gifts received from our patients help make it possible for us to provide the best care possible for all patients with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, programs and services. All gifts received will support the annual gift project identified by the Foundation Board of Directors.

You have benefited from the generosity of past patients and we hope that you will help further extend the quality of care that you have received to others. If you choose to make a Foundation donation through the Touching Lives program in honor of a caregiver, it may be tax-deductible.

Planned gifts

Great Plains Benefactors

Creating a lasting legacy for regional healthcare.

An estate or planned gift is a way of managing your accumulated assets in the present while providing a written expression of their management and disbursement based on your intentions for the future. Often, estate planning may reduce estate and probate taxes allowing you to pass along more to your loved ones, while leaving a charitable gift honoring your legacy, with less to the government.

When considering a gift, it is important to consider your personal financial goals and how different types of gifts can best help you and your family meet those goals. Great Plains Health Care Foundation has offered general information below about planned giving. Consultation, however, with a qualified CPA, attorney or estate planner with specialized knowledge is always recommended.

How can I become a Great Plains Benefactor?

There are many different ways to become a benefactor. Membership is open to anyone, regardless of gift size, and can be made through any of the following qualified planned gift vehicles.

Benefit the Foundation now, through:

  • Charitable gift annuity. In exchange for your irrevocable gift, the Foundation agrees to pay you, or a loved one, a fixed payment for life.
  • Endowment fund. An endowment fund can be created with or without designation toward a specific service line or program.
  • Direct giving. See Ways to Give for more information.
  • Appreciated securities. Using securities you have held over one year, may help avoid a long-term capital gains tax and may allow you a larger deduction.
  • Charitable lead trust. A trust provides the charitable beneficiary with payments for a set term of years. At the end of the term, assets are returned to the estate.

Benefit the Foundation later, through:

  • Bequest in a will. You may name the Foundation to receive a specific amount or percentage of your estate after other obligations have been met.
  • Charitable remainder trust. Make a future gift to the Foundation while receiving income during your lifetime.
  • Life insurance. Name the Foundation as the beneficiary on your existing policy or transfer ownership of a policy to the Foundation.
  • Retirement accounts. Naming the Foundation as the beneficiary for your retirement account may reduce income tax and/or estate liabilities.
  • Real estate. Outright gifts of real estate may result in tax savings with a charitable income tax deduction or savings on capital gains tax.

Benefits of making a planned gift

There are many benefits in making a planned gift to Great Plains Health Care Foundation, which will sustain local, quality medical care, as you:

  • Meet your personal philanthropic goals.
  • Maintain or increase your income.
  • Minimize your tax obligations.
  • Maximize the impact of your gift.

Special recognition

Besides the tax-deductible contribution allowed by law, giving a gift as a Great Plains Benefactor includes:

  • Recognition on a permanent display featuring the names of members (unless anonymity is requested).
  • Personal invitations to the annual Great Plains Benefactor member event and other GP Health and Foundation events.
  • Timely updates on GP Health services and activities.

Cumulative gifts

Unity Circle

Unity Circle - Cumulative gifts of $25,000+

The Unity Circle club is to recognize cumulative giving of individual or business donors who have gifted $25,000 or more during their lifetime. This influential group of community leaders continue the tradition of healthcare excellence.

Membership eligibility

Tracking of Unity Circle members is automatic and donors will be notified when they reach this significant milestone of $25,000 cumulative giving.

Recognition

Additional benefits include:

  • Permanent recognition on the donor wall in the main lobby at Great Plains Health
  • Listing in marketing publications where applicable
  • Invitation to exclusive Foundation donor events
  • Early and/or private invitations to Gift Shop events

Since its founding over 40 years ago, Great Plains Health has been dedicated to promoting health and healing to countless patients and their families.

Great Plains Health Care Foundation was formed to support this mission through generous gifts and donations from across the region. The role of the Foundation ensures that the mission is sustained and the healthcare services, facilities and technology we now offer are strengthened and expanded to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Why do you need my support?

The cost of providing exceptional healthcare continually increases due to the changing needs of our region. Because Great Plains Health is a not-for-profit hospital, the demand for new services and technology, and the increasing cost of providing care, cannot be supported by patient revenue alone. This is how annual gifts can make a significant difference. Each year, the Foundation Board identifies a project designated for annual gift support. Consider becoming an annual donor and enhancing the healthcare close to home.

Why should I participate?

As a Great Plains annual gifts member, you can share in the pride of knowing you are making a difference in supporting healthcare for our region. You will help provide Great Plains Health with additional resources needed to deliver the highest caliber of care to everyone who walks through the doors, from birth to their last breath.

Gifts to Great Plains Health Care Foundation are tax-deductible as permitted by law. Your participation not only benefits healthcare services, but also provides you with the following benefits as well:

  • Annual members will be recognized on the donor wall in the lobby at Great Plains Health.
  • Acknowledgement of your support will be listed in Foundation publications.
  • You will receive personal invitations to Great Plains Health gatherings and special events.
  • Each year, an annual social event will be held in honor of Partners in Health and Sandhills Club members.

Giving club recognition and membership is automatic, based on a donor's cumulative annual giving. Gifts to Great Plains Health Care Foundation are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

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