Meet Our Donors

Family Tradition of Generosity Benefits Hospice & Community Care
Thelma Flory continues to support Hospice & Community Care after her husband passed away in memory of her friend Essa. She is carrying on the Flory name and continuing the tradition of donating selflessly. As a steward of her money, Thelma feels that donating to Hospice is a way to leave a lasting legacy while strengthening hospice care. Read More

A Story of Palliative Care
The specialists at the hospital were not able to give a clear, unified course of action to deal with Fred's multiple health issues. With so many opinions leading Fred in opposing directions, his needs had taken a backseat to the disease. Hospice and Community Care and its unique care options were the specialists who listened to what Fred wanted. Read More

Honoring Loved Ones: Establishing a New Dementia Endowment Fund
Sue Clements had the terrible misfortune of seeing both her mother and father struggle with dementia. As a way to honor her parents' memory and to help other people suffering from this debilitating disease, she created the Nancy M. & H. Carter Clements Dementia Care Endowment Fund. The fund will also provide education and training for caregivers who treat patients with dementia. Read More

Investing With Vision
Tom and Gina Russo were looking for a way to be "transformational." Through the personal experience of friends served by Hospice, the Russos say they came to understand the importance and warmth of the whole process of hospice care. Read More

Is A Charitable Gift Annuity Right for You?
Are you looking to support Hospice & Community Care while receiving steady income during your golden years? If so, a charitable gift annuity may be the perfect planned giving option for you. Read More

A Charging Elephant, a Blur of Gray and a Moment of Clarity
As the massive form of a matriarch elephant charged angrily toward their vehicle, Evelyn Sweigart thought that was it-her final moments would end in a gray blur in the middle of her African safari. "The vehicle we were in should never have left camp," she says, "because Speedy, our driver, was shifting into four-wheel drive with a screwdriver." Read More

Why Hospice Care Can Change Families' Lives
Bill Kopetz has witnessed the power and influence hospice care has on families' lives. Learn how he has made a contribution toward this crucial form of care. Read More

Dr. Joel Samitt: 'You Should Give Back to the Community in One Way or Another'
Children don't learn to be philanthropic by accident. It's the kind of virtue instilled in them, regardless of their parents' financial well-being, at an early age. Read More

Giving Back to Hospice in Many Ways
After retiring 24 years ago, Anna Rose Schannauer has been just as busy making a difference in the world as she did in her three decades as a kindergarten teacher. Read More

Honor a Loved One This Holiday Season
This holiday season, consider adding "charitable giving" to your list of giving ideas. Read More

Endowment Funds at Hospice & Community Care
Hospice & Community Care, a non-profit organization, cares for nearly 500 patients and their families each day. Hospice strives to care for anyone who needs help, regardless of the ability to pay or limited insurance. Currently, 10 percent of the care that Hospice provides is not reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance; the organization relies on charitable gifts to help cover the costs of this uncompensated care. Read More

The Ruach "Breath of God" Endowment Fund
Endowment Funds support specific Hospice & Community Care programs and services in perpetuity. Learn how these Funds allow Hospice & Community Care to continue and expand programs and services. Read More

Women's Giving Circle
In 2004, twenty-four women embarked together on a philanthropic journey to create the Women's Giving Circle for Hospice of Lancaster County. Since then, the Circle-which has doubled in size-has raised more than $90,000 for Hospice. Read More

Finding the Right Fit
Your relationship with the Hospice of Lancaster County is very personal, stemming perhaps from good experiences in the past or a belief in our mission. Read More

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Hospice & Community Care a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Hospice & Community Care [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Hospice & Community Care or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Hospice & Community Care as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Hospice & Community Care as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Hospice & Community Care where you agree to make a gift to Hospice & Community Care and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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