Ways To Give

 

The Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation exists for the sole purpose of supporting Windsor Regional Hospital.

It seeks financial support and sustains its mission to deliver an outstanding care experience driven by a passionate commitment to excellence. The support of generous donors and friends allows for enhancements to patient care.

All gifts are important and meaningful and provide much needed support. Donations are recognized with a charitable tax receipt and our sincere thanks.

To make a contribution to the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation, contact:

By Phone:

Please call: (519) 254-5577 Ext. 52449 or Ext. 52003

By Mail: 

If you wish to make a donation to Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation by mail, you may send your donation to:

Windsor Regional Hospitals Foundation
1995 Lens Avenue,
Windsor, Ontario N8W 1L9

Please make cheques payable to: Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation

If this is a Memoriam Donation, please include the following information:

  1. name of honoree/loved one 
  2. Name and complete address of next-of-kin (if you would like us to notify them of the donation) 
  3. Specific Fund, if desired, i.e. Women's & Children's, Cardiac, Oncology, Palliative Care, etc. 
  4. Name and complete address of donor 

All gifts are recognized with a charitable tax receipt and our sincere thanks.

Online donation

The Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation is committed to assisting donors in structuring their gifts to meet their personal objectives and ensuring the maximum tax credit available. Planned giving, because of its flexibility and tax advantages, is increasingly the giving option of choice. The Foundation welcomes and encourages donations of all kinds: life insurance, bequests, property, cash, securities, memorial donations and gifts-in-kind. 


Gifts of Cash

Gifts of cash can be designated for a specific program or project, or they can be unrestricted. Donations without restrictions allow the Hospitals to respond to the most urgent needs.

(Please note that many corporations sponsor matching gift programs in which your employer matches your contribution. Contact your company for more information.)

Gifts-In-Kind

These gifts take many forms - equipment, art, real estate, stocks and bonds.

Endowment Funds

Endowment funds can be directed to the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation for special projects. Funds are established in perpetuity to meet long-term needs.

Bequests

Often referred to as "deferred gifts" or estate gifts, bequests are specified in a donor's will.

Charitable Life Insurance

A life insurance policy naming the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation as the owner and beneficiary allows the donor to make a significant future gift to the hospital for only pennies on the dollar and provides substantial tax benefits.

In Honour of the Ones We Love - Giving Tree

This tree was created by In Honour of the Ones We Love as way for individuals to honour a loved one, show appreciation or mark someone's memory by purchasing a Leaf, Acorn, Rock or Tree. This is a great way for individuals, groups or organizations to support Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation and honour someone special.

Levels of Giving 
$1,000 - Leaf 
$2,500 - Acorn 
$5,000 - Rock 
$10,000 - Tree 
 In Honour of the Ones We Love - Giving Tree

All gifts are tax-deductible and can be pledged over three to five years.

For more information contact:
Gisele Seguin, Director
(519) 254-5577 x52008
gisele.seguin@wrh.on.ca

Gift Cards

Support the Hospital By Shopping!

Gift Cards Order Sheet

We all have to purchase everyday, essential items like food, gas and clothing. Windsor Regional Hospital is launching a program whereby you can support the hospital by shopping for these necessities! We have partnered with Fundscrip, an online fundraising program that allows us to make 2-5% back on every gift card that we purchase.


Over 100 participating retailers like Loblaws, Best Buy, Home Depot and Canadian Tire are included. It doesn’t cost anything to participate. Supporters don’t have to change their buying habits or purchase anything that you don’t need.

You can simply visit the Foundation Office at Met campus or Ouellette Campus.

Our plan is to keep the most popular gift cards in stock so they can be picked up at your convenience. Cash, debit, credit and cheque are all accepted.

We currently carry the following brands of gift cards:

Groceries
  • Metro Group/Food Basics 
  • President’s Choice/Zehrs, No Frills, Wholesale Club 
  • Sobeys/Freshco

Fuel/Gas Cards

  • Esso 
  • Petro Canada 

Coffee

  • Starbucks 
  • Tim Hortons 

Restaurants

  • The Keg 
  • Subway 
  • Red Lobster 
  • The Ultimate – Swiss Chalet, Harveys, Kelsey’s 
  • Moxie’s 
  • Mazaar 
Local Businesses
  • Ted Farron’s Butcher Shop 
  • Spago Trattoria 
  • City Grill 
  • Take 5 
  • Estetica 
Retailers
  • Chapters 
  • Cineplex 
  • Home Depot 
  • Home Hardware 
  • Canadian Tire 
  • Shoppers Drug Mart 
  • iTunes 
  • Sears 
  • Giant Tiger 
  • Winners/Homesense 
  • Golftown 
  • The Bay/Home Outfitters 
  • Toys R Us 
  • Sportchek 
  • Best Buy 
  • Old Navy 
  • Payless Shoes 
  • Mark’s Work Wearhouse 
  • Walmart 
  • Children's Place 
Other organizations have had tremendous success with this program. With 4,000 Windsor Regional Hospital “family members” we have the opportunity to be very successful. Your friends and family are also eligible to participate in the program. Please assist us in spreading the news and information about this exciting initiative to generate funds for Windsor Regional Hospital.

Any questions about the program can be directed to Sandra Bauer at (519) 254-5577 x52004, or via email at Sandra.Bauer02@wrh.on.ca.

Tributes

Memoriam Donations

You can make a donation in memory of a loved one or friend in the following manner:
  • on-line by visiting our Donate Now! section 
  • by phone using a credit card (519) 254-5577 ext. 52449 
  • by mail to: 
Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation
1995 Lens Avenue,
Windsor, Ontario N8W 1L9

Please include the following information:
  1. Name of honoree/loved one 
  2. Name and complete address of next-of-kin (if you would like us to notify them of the donation) 
  3. Specific Fund, if desired, i.e. Women's & Children's, Cardiac, Oncology, Palliative Care, etc.
  4. Name and complete address of the donor.

Legacy Giving

Many people wonder what "planned giving" or "legacy giving" means. Quite simply, a planned or legacy gift takes into account your charitable desires while factoring in tax advantages and estate planning benefits of the gift.

Often individuals find that legacy gifts allow them to make a substantial gift to an organization that they feel passionate about.

Legacy Gifts

The various forms of legacy gifts include:
  • Bequests 
  • Life Insurance 
  • Donation of Securities 
  • Donations of RRSPs and RRIFs 
  • Charitable Gift Annuities 
  • Tax-Free Savings Account 

Legacy Giving Options

Bequests
Bequests allow donors to leave a specific amount, a piece of property, or a portion of their estate residue to a charity of choice. Since you can claim up to 100% of your income on your final tax return and carry back any excess to the previous year, tax savings can be significant. When you leave your gift to the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation, the most flexible suggested wording is a gift for general purposes. You may also designate your gift to a specific area, in which case we will work with your lawyer to create the correct wording. Most importantly, sharing your intentions will allow us to thank and recognize you now, while also allowing us to plan for the future.

Life Insurance
Gifts of life insurance can benefit both the donor and Windsor Regional Hospital when the Foundation is named beneficiary. Upon death, the proceeds will pass outside your estate providing both privacy and protection from estate administration taxes, and the charitable tax receipt issued will alleviate the tax burden on your estate. If you donate a new or existing policy during your lifetime, irrevocably making the Foundation both owner and beneficiary, you will receive a charitable tax receipt from the Foundation for any cash surrender value on the policy and for any future premiums you pay.

Donation of Securities
Donating publicly traded securities to the Foundation, either while you are alive or through your estate, will exempt you from paying tax on the capital gain triggered by the donation. In addition, you receive a charitable tax receipt for the fair market value of the gift, making this strategy an exceptional way to maximize your tax savings while supporting Windsor Regional Hospital in a significant way.

Donations of RRSPs and RRIFs
When the Foundation is designated as beneficiary of your RRSP or RRIF, the proceeds are paid directly, thus bypassing your estate and avoiding estate administration taxes. The charitable receipt issued will eliminate a considerable amount of the significant tax generated by the realization of your registered plan on your death.

Charitable Gift Annuities
A charitable gift annuity is an attractive option for donors who are usually in their seventies and older. It benefits a charity and pays income at the same time. Part of the donor's gift (typically 25%) is an immediate gift to the charity for which a tax receipt is issued. The hospital purchases a commercial annuity on behalf of the donor with the remaining funds, which pays the donor income, largely tax-exempt, for their lifetime.

Tax-Free Savings Account
Starting in 2009, the Government of Canada provided a new way for Canadian residents, 18 years or older, to set money aside tax‐free over their lifetimes through a tax‐free savings account (TFSA). The income earned on the account is tax‐free, although annual contribution limits are set at $5,000 and indexed to inflation thereafter with clearly defined rules for how funds can be contributed and withdrawn over time.

For individuals with philanthropic values, outright donations, which are eligible for a charitable tax receipt, can be made from your TFSA during your lifetime. Beneficiary designations upon death can also be directed toward your favourite charity. Designating a charitable beneficiary of TFSAs upon death removes those assets from the deceased’s estate, exempting them from probate, legal and executor fees, while also providing a tax receipt to the estate which helps offset other estate fees. In order to qualify, the transfer to the charitable organization must take place within 36 months of the TFSA holder’s death.

Life Legacy Society

A legacy gift to the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation demonstrates the commitment a donor has to ensure outstanding care is available and accessible for future generations. To recognize this commitment, we are pleased to offer the following benefits to members of our Life Legacy Society at the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation:

For donors who indicated an intention to leave a legacy gift at some point in the future:
  • Welcome letter to our Life Legacy Society 
  • Invitation to our annual Life Legacy recognition and appreciation event 
  • Contributions, our bi-annual newsletter 
  • Ongoing planned giving newsletters and updates on significant changes or developments at the Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation 
For donors who confirm a legacy gift has been included in their estate/financial plan:
  • Welcome letter to our Life Legacy Society 
  • Invitation to our annual Life Legacy recognition and appreciation event 
  • Contributions, our bi-annual newsletter 
  • Ongoing planned giving newsletters and updates on significant changes or developments at Windsor Regional Hospital 
  • Recognition on our Life Legacy Donor Wall at both campuses 
  • An exclusive Legacy Giving recognition item as a symbol of our gratitude for your legacy gift

Life Legacy Society Member Stories

We are grateful to the following individuals for allowing us to share their stories about their legacy gifts. If you are interested in sharing your story that will provide inspiration for others, please contact Gisele Seguin at 519-254-5577 ext. 52008 or Gisele.seguin@wrh.on.ca.

Elizabeth Phillip

Elizabeth Phillip has lived in Windsor her entire life. She understands the importance of building a strong community and supporting organizations that benefit our friends and family. As such, Elizabeth has named Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation as a beneficiary in her estate plans. 

A Chrysler retiree, Elizabeth has been a loyal donor to several charitable organizations. However, she realized that by leaving a bequest she would have the opportunity to make an even greater impact to an organization that she feels passionate about.

Over the years Elizabeth has been both a patient and visitor to Windsor Regional Hospital. She was a loyal companion to her best friend Jean and her sister Mary as they dealt with devastating illnesses that ultimately ended their lives. Through it all, Elizabeth was always impressed by the caliber of care that was offered at Windsor Regional Hospital.

“It is comforting to know that when situations arise that require medical attention there is a first-rate hospital in our own community to meet these needs. My bequest to Windsor Regional Hospital will ensure that funds stay in this community to benefit future generations.”

In Leaving A Legacy to Windsor Regional Hospital, Elizabeth’s gift will be used to fund vital equipment and services ensuring that “Outstanding Care – No Exceptions!” is a reality for the future.

 

Karen McCullough 

Giving Starts at “Home”

For twenty-four years Karen McCullough has been a valued member of the Windsor Regional Hospital family. Karen’s passion and dedication to this organization is evident from the various roles she has held over the years including; Staff Education Coordinator at Riverview Hospital before the merger, Manager of Education, Director of Learning Resources and Director responsible for program transfers. Today Karen applies her leadership and skills as Vice-President, Acute Care Services/Chief Nursing Executive.

It is not surprising to anyone who knows Karen to find out that she wanted to ensure that outstanding care continues to be available for residents of Windsor and Essex County long after she is gone. As such, Karen chose to set up a life insurance policy that names Windsor Regional Hospital as the beneficiary. This legacy gift option not only provides for the future, it also benefits Karen as well since she can claim the premiums she pays on her income taxes annually. Furthermore, by establishing a legacy gift to Windsor Regional Hospital, Karen is able to make a significant gift to an organization she is passionate about.

Many individuals favour this legacy gift option because of its simplicity and the fact that it allows some tax relief immediately. Anyone who is interested in setting up a charitable life insurance policy simply has to meet with a life insurance provider. Once the paperwork is completed the life insurance provider will inform the charity who will then ensure that the proper tax receipt is issued to the individual on an annual basis. Most importantly, the charity will receive a significant gift in the future. Often times this gift is much more substantial than a gift that one can make while they’re alive.

In the case of Windsor Regional Hospital, legacy gifts have an enormous impact. To keep up with the latest technologies and medical advances there is always an extensive equipment list along with capital needs. Currently, Windsor Regional Hospital is involved in a $122 million renovation project that will drastically transform its Western campus that provides care to rehabilitation, mental health and complex continuing care patients. Already, a couple of legacy gifts have made a tremendous impact by contributing to this project that will benefit the entire community.

These are legacy gifts left by people like Karen who believe in giving back to their community.

“Windsor Regional Hospital is an organization that I take great pride in being a part of. It stands for quality, safety and a commitment to caring for our patients and the community at large. I want to be sure that I have done all that I can to keep the hospital’s vision moving forward now and into the future.”