2016 Giving
Priorities and Opportunities

The Foundation works closely with the system to determine the highest impact opportunities through philanthropy each year.


 

For 2016, the focus areas will be:

The Finn & Quinley Infant and Children's Fund

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Finn and Quinley McInerney were born at Northport Medical Center in 2004. Their lives were short, but they live on in our hearts.

This fund has been able to provide specialized equipment, education and services to our neonatal intensive care (NICU), maternal/child and pediatrics units.Our 2015 focus is to continue providing Giraffe OmniBeds in the NICU for our tiniest of patients.

Their legacy continues through each project and addition we are able to make to these areas of The DCH Health System.

The DCH Heart Fund

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About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. That’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

The DCH Heart Fund is in the building stage so that needed equipment and projects may be purchased in the near future.

The Pettus Randall Pastoral Care Fund

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The Pastoral Care Program, named in memory of H. Pettus Randall, III that supports the Lewis & Faye Manderson Cancer Center is responsible for serving the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, their families and employees.

The program provides a supportive environment where experiences and feelings will be shared and silent moments, peace, reflection and inspiration will bring deep comfort to all.

This fund provides resources for counseling families & serves as a reminder that the battle of cancer need not be fought alone.

Here's How You Can Help The DCH Foundation

Ways To Give

DCH receives donations from a variety of sources, including individuals, foundations and corporations. Some choose to give in memory of a friend or family member, or to express gratitude for care received. Many simply want to have an impact on the quality of local health care for residents and visitors of Western Alabama.

As a non-profit organization, DCH Health System relies primarily on community support. Through your generous contributions, we can make a real and tangible difference in the lives of people in our service area. We hope you’ll use this section of the web site to learn more about the various you can help make a lasting impact through the simple act of giving. Making a gift to DCH will help to ensure that quality health care will continue to be available to you, your family, friends and neighbors. You may also receive substantial tax advantages.

You can honor and express your gratitude by:

Make a Donation

The DCH Foundation is able to help our community thanks to the support of generous individual donors. We welcome all levels of donation, whether it’s a one-time gift, a monthly donation or plans for legacy giving. Donate now by clicking here. For more information, contact Molly Baldwin Ingram, Vice President of Development at (205) 759-7106 or click here to visit the donations page.

Make a Pledge

Your gift to the DCH Foundation makes a difference. Pledge at whatever level suits your financial situation. You can also choose the time frame for honoring that pledge. For more information, contact Molly Baldwin Ingram, Vice President of Development at (205) 759-7106.

Sponsor an Event

Through event sponsorship, corporations reach thousands of patients with their improvements to the Health System. At the same time, sponsor contributions support the patient families and friends as their loved ones are in the hospital. To find out about our upcoming events, click here.

Is there a special doctor or nurse, therapist or social worker, maybe a helpful volunteer at DCH that made a difference in your care, or the care of your loved one? Here is your chance to say thank you and honor your caregiver’s commitment to your health, while also supporting patient care at DCH.

A Chance to Say Thank You:

Your special caregiver will receive a letter of recognition, with your personal message of thanks, informing him or her of your donation to the DCH Foundation on their behalf. No mention of the amount of your gift will be included.

Leave a Bequest

Leaving a gift to the DCH Foundation in your Will is a way of ensuring that our work to help others can continue well into the future. It’s a simple process that can make a real difference.
For more information about leaving a bequest in your Will, please contact Molly Baldwin Ingram, Vice President of Development at (205) 759-7106.

There are many types of bequests:
A Special Bequest: is the gift of a specific sum of money or asset such as property, parcel of shares, debentures, bonds or a life insurance policy.

A Residual Bequest: is what remains in your estate, after all debts have been paid and all other gifts have been distributed.

An Alternative Bequest: is since it might be many years between the making of your Will and its operation, you can make provision that, if any named beneficiary cannot accept your bequest, the DCH Foundation will benefit.

A Proportional Bequest: is a specific proportion on your residual estate can be left, i.e. 75% of a residuary estate.

Volunteer Your Time

The concept of giving back is strong in our volunteers’ minds, as is their desire to make a difference in a patient and their family’s lives. An excellent way to volunteer is through our events.

You may call the DCH Foundation office at (205) 759-7349 for more information.

Since the inception of the DCH Foundation and its events, thousands of volunteers have made an impact with their help in making sure these events are successful for our guests and, in turn, beneficiary to the fund the event supports. What the Foundation works to plan, these volunteers make happen. The dedication, time and talents are used in a meaningful way to help others. The DCH Foundation is always looking for others that want to help.

Rest assured, you will get more out of your volunteer experience than you put into it. Don’t hesitate to identify and donate some of your time to one of our worthy volunteer opportunities. You will be glad you did.

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.”-Erma Bombeck

Attend an Event

Local DCH Foundation events are a great way to meet people in the community and play a role in the important work being done for our community’s health system. We encourage you to be a part of these events and enjoy them with friends!


Our Annual Events

The DCH Foundation Ball

Renamed in 2007 as the Lucy Jordan Ball, this black-tie event is in its 37th year to raise funds for various projects in the DCH Health System. Over $3.5 million has been raised since its inception to support the Health System’s improvements.

BBQ & Blue Jeans

A fun, casual event for a great cause! Live music, great BBQ from the McAbee Pigfitters, silent auction and more! All to benefit the Help & Hope Patient Assistance Fund, to help cancer patients with financial assistance while undergoing treatments.

Play Pink Events

Our signature pink events in the West Alabama community include A Nite on the Green, DCH Foundation Golf Classic, and A Day on the Courts women’s tennis event. All benefit the DCH Breast Cancer Fund to help uninsured women in our community with early detection needs and personal items should they have cancer.

Sports Medicine Fund Run

This is a 5K run, one-mile walk to benefit the DCH Sports Medicine Fund. Funds collected from this event benefit the Sports Medicine Fund, which is part of the DCH Foundation, Inc. The fund provides service and educational opportunities to area schools, colleges, recreational sports organizations and individuals. Since its creation in 1993, the Sports Medicine Fund has provided protective and preventive athletic equipment to area athletes, breakaway safety bases for baseball and softball fields, face shields for little league baseball batting helmets, exercise bikes and stair steppers for athletic training rooms, AEDs, and medical supplies and equipment for area high school athletic training rooms.


Third-Party Events

The DCH Foundation is fortunate to work with generous individuals and organizations that volunteer their time and efforts to generate donation dollars for our fundraising initiatives. These efforts directly benefit the DCH Health System and contribute to the many benefits we strive to offer the West Alabama community.

Third-party events are fundraisers held by people just like you in your own community. These events are a great way to raise money and much needed support for the DCH Foundation and improvements within the DCH Health System. Third-party organizations will be given the chance to run every major component of planning the event. For more information on hosting your own event on behalf of the DCH Foundation, please call the DCH Foundation office at (205) 759-7349 or click here to find out more.

Host an Event

Fundraising Event Request Process

When a fundraising event request is made, the decision whether to undertake the event will be made by the Foundation Event Selection Committee. The Foundation Event Selection Committee will endeavor to make decisions and communicate them to the initiator or initiating group as soon as possible. Decisions will be made by the VP of Development, the Event Manager and the Foundation Director of Development who meet as needed to review all applications.


Signature Events

A major keystone event for the Foundation involving numerous volunteers and staff designed to highlight a key DCH site/program where philanthropy plays a major role. These events are considered in the development of the Foundation budget. Major staff time is allocated to these events. These events are held annually, generally at the same time of the year.


Special Events

An event that may involve numerous volunteers and staff designed to highlight a key DCH site/program where philanthropy plays a major role. These events planned far enough in advance to be part of the Foundation budget. Major staff time is allocated to these events. The hope is that it will become a yearly event. Net income from a special event should always achieve a minimum of $25,000.


Third Party Events

An approved event conducted completely by community leadership requiring little or no staff involvement or budget for the purpose of raising money. The role of the Foundation staff in a third party event is typically approving the event, approving the use of a logo and any copy involving the DCH name, banner placement at the event, and picking up the check. Though on occasion third party events may achieve more than $25,000, net income from the event typically achieves less than $25,000, but should generally strive to achieve a minimum of $10,000.


Promotional Fundraising Event

An approved event conducted completely by community leadership requiring little or no staff involvement and no budget for the purpose of raising money. The role of the Foundation staff in a promotional event is typically approving the event, approving the use of a logo and any copy involving the DCH name, banner placement, and picking up the check. (A for-profit company utilizing the DCH name as a charitable beneficiary for the purpose of promoting increased sales with the Foundation receiving a certain percentage of those sales within a defined time period would be considered a promotional event.) Net income from promotional events should always strive to achieve a minimum of $10,000 and/or at least 25% of gross sales.

Host a Third Party Event