Philanthropy at Mary’s Woods

A Spirit of Service

Gifts of all sizes are a powerful investment in the Mary’s Woods nonprofit mission. Your support creates a lasting and impactful difference in the lives of residents, team members, and the community beyond.

We welcome your gift and offer a variety of fund options to make an impact at Mary’s Woods.

Mary's Woods residents volunteer at Holidays without Hunger, packing over 30,000 meals for local families in need.
Resident Fund
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Mary’s Woods is a home for life. Sometimes through no fault of their own, residents face difficulties meeting their basic needs. When that happens the Resident Fund serves as a safety net. The Mary’s Woods community has a profound sense of security knowing the Resident Fund is there. Your donation provides supplemental monthly service fee grants for residents who have outlived and exhausted their financial resources.

Capital Improvements Fund
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Your donation to the Capital Improvements Fund improves the quality of life of all who enjoy Mary’s Woods through campus enhancements and innovation. Residents living at Caritas House can share a meal and relax on the outdoor patio, enjoying the beauty of the Healing Garden.

Resident volunteers from every neighborhood on campus keep the garden blooming to help engage the senses and activate memories. 

General Fund / Greatest Need
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Sometimes, our most pressing needs cannot be categorized and therefore are not supported by specific funding. Unrestricted giving, in support of the greatest need, allows donors to contribute in an all-purpose way, allowing Mary’s Woods to use these gifts to support immediate and priority operational needs.

Employee Education Fund
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All Mary’s Woods team members are a vital part of the community. The employee education fund provides support for continuing education and skill development opportunities to ensure that employees maximize their potential — professionally, personally and as leaders in the wider world.

Your support provides advanced training and tuition subsidies. Team members can find additional information and directions on how to apply on the employee portal or by emailing Human Resources at

Sr. Roswitha Frawley Educational Scholarship Fund
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A subset of the Employee Education Fund is the Sr. Roswitha Frawley Educational Scholarship. This scholarship is available to team members, their legal spouses/partners, or their dependents under the age of 23, to help further their career goals.

Learn how recent scholarship recipients have furthered their education.

Team members can find additional information and directions on how to apply on the employee portal or by emailing Human Resources at

Employee Emergency Assistance Fund
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Your donation supports employees in times of crisis. Examples include help with car repair, groceries, housing and unexpected medical bills. Team members can email Human Resources at for assistance.

Programming Innovation & Outreach Fund
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Mary’s Woods is committed to creating a more socially just society and is proud to be led by residents in bettering the world. The Programming Innovation and Outreach Fund assists with identifying programs that address needs in our larger community. Holidays without Hunger is an annual highlight that involves residents providing hands-on-help to those in need.

Donor Stories

At Mary’s Woods, we recognize the impact philanthropy has on our senior living community and are thankful for our donors. Featured below are just a few examples of their generosity:  

Ways to Give

There are several ways to give in the spirit of service at Mary’s Woods.

To donate by credit card, donate securely online. If you prefer to mail a check or use your bank’s online bill pay service, make the check out to “Mary’s Woods” and indicate in the memo line where you would like to direct your gift. Drop off your payment and donation form at the drop box in Provincial House, the nearest Concierge desk, or mail to:

Attn: Mary’s Woods – Philanthropy, 17400 Holy Name Drive, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Mary’s Woods residents can contact to have donations applied to their monthly statement.

Contact your financial institution to set-up your gift.

Visit Charity Navigator to find out if your employer has an employee match program in place.

Honor a friend, neighbor or loved one with a tribute gift. Leave a lasting legacy, donate a tribute leaf to be added to the Celebration Garden or honor someone special with a dedicated tribute bench.

If you are honoring a loved one with a gift “in lieu of flowers,” please select Give Now to make your dedication. If you are considering an “in lieu of flowers,” mention in an obituary, please know how much we appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Please use this suggested copy for print in obituaries:

In lieu of flowers, tribute gifts in _____’s name can be made to support the <<Insert Fund of Choice>> fund at Mary’s Woods, 17400 Holy Names Dr. Lake Oswego, OR 97034.”

We appreciate all gifts and will let you know the names and addresses of those who have contributed in your loved one’s name.

To make a non-cash or in-kind donation, complete the in-kind donation form. To learn more about non-cash gift options, contact us at (503) 675-2066 or

Donate your car, motorcycle, boat or RV to benefit the Resident Fund. Our partnership with Charity Connections makes it easy.

Additional Ways to Give

If you need additional information for any of the following giving options, contact Colette Rees at

Have you included Mary’s Woods in your estate plan? Let’s talk about your philanthropic goals.

By designating Mary’s Woods as the beneficiary of your IRA or fully-paid life insurance policy you can create a substantial gift to benefit any fund you chose.

Complete the Stock Transfer Form with your broker and let us know where you would like to direct your gift.

Mary’s Woods has made it convenient to donate part or all of your refundable entrance fee as an unrestricted donation or to fund a program that is near and dear to you.

Tax Benefits

Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst is nonprofit organization missioned to provide a continuum of housing, health and educational services for older adults. We are recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS under Section 501(c)3.

Through a planned gift to Mary’s Woods, you can thoughtfully invest in the future of the community while continuing to meet your other financial goals. Deciding on the right gift can be difficult. It’s necessary to think about issues ranging from maximizing tax benefits to preserving assets for your loved ones.

We encourage you to contact our philanthropy office to talk about your options, from charitable gift annuities, to deferred gift annuities to bequests. We can help you pick a gift strategy that works for you.

To understand the tax benefits of charitable giving, we recommend you consult with a tax professional. 


The Mary’s Woods Philanthropy team is here to help. Contact us at (503) 675-2066 or to discuss creative ways to structure your gift to achieve your giving goals.

If you have any question as you complete the printable donation form please reach out.