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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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Mary’s Woods Resident Pledges a Matching Gift of 25K to Support Notre Dame Rebuilding Efforts

Mary’s Woods resident Leo Conkle is challenging his fellow residents and the greater community to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral. Conkle, like many others, watched with dismay as flames consumed the ancient timbers on the roof and spire of the iconic cathedral. One day later he said “I will match donations up to 25k to help rebuild.”

Conkle says that his family, like so many others, has been moved by this tragedy. Just last week family members were in Paris visiting, including a trip to the cathedral. Photos from their recent trip bring the tragedy even closer to home. Conkle says that his family believes “we must do our part to help rebuild Notre Dame and I know others would like to help out as well.” He adds “this matching grant opportunity is there to encourage others to do what they can.” In partnership with Mary’s Woods, the retirement community where Leo resides, The Conkle Family is pledging to match up to the first $25,000 in donations that will go to assist in the cathedral’s restoration efforts.

Diane Hood President and CEO of Mary’s Woods adds “We believe in the power of community and new life. Many of the residents of Mary’s Woods have powerful memories and personal experiences from their travels to Notre Dame.” She emphasizes that “as a non-profit mission-driven community, we are committed to bettering the world beyond our campus. We have supported restoration efforts to restore the Columbia River Gorge after devastating fires, and supported efforts to help rebuild communities after damaging hurricanes. This Notre Dame restoration effort is 100% resident-driven and we are proud to be a part of the solution that will bring this beacon of faith back to life.”

All are invited to participate in the restoration efforts as this 25K matching grant opportunity is available to anyone.  You may give securely online by following the prompts at this link:

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Gifts must be received between now and May 30, 2019.  Donations are 100% tax deductible. Monies raised through this outreach campaign will be directed to the non-profit “Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris, Inc.” the official 501(c)3 set up to aid in the cathedral’s restoration efforts.


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Did you know? Your new or increased gift, given in 2019, in support of the Resident Fund at Mary’s Woods will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to a total grant of $10,000.

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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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