Giving Opportunities at Mary’s Woods

With the help of philanthropy, Mary’s Woods can continue to build on our unique heritage and values as we pioneer new approaches to active aging and care giving, lifelong learning and the full development of every individual at every stage of life. Please consider supporting one or more of the following fundraising priorities:

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The Resident Fund:
Compassion in Action

What is the fund?
The Resident Fund provides a grant subsidy to help with basic monthly fees for residents who have exhausted their assets.

Why does the fund exist?
The Resident Fund is foundational to our work as a mission-driven non-profit* and Mary’s Woods is not alone in making benevolent care a priority. Retirement communities across the country, particularly those that are faith-based, are joining with us in making financial assistance a priority as the rapidly growing needs of elder populations have exhausted available resources.
Despite a community’s best practice of evaluating a resident’s financial ability to fund their care for the rest of their lifetime, multiple factors have combined to create the difficult circumstance of inadequate funding.
These include:

  • Increased life expectancy
  • Need for different levels of service as one or one’s spouse ages
  • Increasing healthcare costs because the more medically demanding the service, the more expensive the services are to provide
  • Fixed or limited incomes

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Community Benefit & Philanthropy Report 2017-2018

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Resident Assistance Fund
Mary’s Woods is a home for life. Sometimes through no fault of their own, residents face difficulties meeting their basic monthly costs. When that happens, the Resident Assistance Fund serves as a safety net. Knowing the Resident Assistance Fund is there provides the community with a profound sense of security. Donors make an impact through this fund by providing a home for neighbors who have outlived their resources. Last year, donors like you helped provide over $160,000 in benevolent support to residents in need.

Employee Education Fund
All employees at Mary’s Woods are a vital part of our community. This fund provides support for continuing education and skill-development opportunities to ensure that employees maximize their potential as well—professionally, personally and as leaders in the wider world. Donors supporting this fund help provide advanced training and tuition subsidies. A subset of this fund is the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Fund. Because of donors like you, we were able to provide 24 education scholarships in 2017 and strengthen our services and health care teams.

Programming and Innovation Fund
Innovation and creativity are required to meet the holistic needs of an aging society that is rapidly expanding and growing. Mary’s Woods is committed to a socially just society and is actively engaged in the development and launch of new programs that emphasize individual and community-wide wellness, growth, and life-long learning. A subset of this fund: Intergenerational and Mary’s Woods Youth Care, provides underwriting for outreach projects that support resident and youth engagement.

Capital Projects/Improvements Fund 
Mary’s Woods wouldn’t be the vibrant and comfortable place it is to live without the generous donations of private donors, community partners, residents and family members. We use Capital Projects/Improvements funds to augment livability, efficiency and operations so that Mary’s Woods continually adapts to the needs of our members. Donors currently supporting this fund will help create a Healing Garden that will be located in the courtyard surrounded  by the Caritas, Villa Maria, and Friendship Place homes. The project will improve accessibility, provide group activity space, private conversation areas, shade, and irrigation. The vision is that this garden will enrich the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being of Mary’s Woods residents, family members, care givers and staff.

Mary’s Woods General Fund
Sometimes our most pressing needs cannot be categorized and therefore are not supported by specific funding. The General Fund gives donors the option to contribute in an “all-purpose” way that allows Mary’s Woods to allocate funds immediately for lasting benefits.

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Ways to Give

Planned Giving
Remember Mary’s Woods in your estate plan and become a Gold Medallion member:

Make a bequest in your will or living trust:

  • Add Mary’s Woods as a beneficiary designation for your IRA, retirement plan or life insurance policy.
  • Consider establishing a charitable gift annuity with a gift of $10,000 or more, or funding a charitable remainder trust.
  • Residents may assign a percentage of the refundable portion of their entrance fee to Mary’s Woods through the resident-driven Give 10 program. This revokable commitment can be changed at any time, should one’s circumstances or financial needs change.

Make a tax-deductible outright donation of cash or stocks:

  • Donors of $500 or more are recognized as Silver Medallion Club members.
  • GIVE NOW online, mail your donation, or consider setting up an automatic monthly deduction from your checking account.
  • Honor or memorialize a friend, neighbor or loved one with a tribute gift or luminary.
  • Support special events like the Holiday Gala or Home Tour.
Mailing address:

Colette Rees, Development Office
Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst
17400 Holy Names Drive
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

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