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Of gifts and gratitude

Tis the season to give gifts not only to friends and family members, but also to the organizations that help communities stay happy and healthy all year long. Did you know that there are multiple ways you can give gifts of any size to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation (SNMHF)?

SNMHF values every donation at every level. Some gifts are individually impactful such as the recent contribution of a cardiac monitor to the Family Birth Center from The Norah Foundation. Gifts combined with others can have a tremendous impact, such as the funds the hospital foundation has been raising for a new Infusion Center at Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. There are also vital, smaller programs where donations of $25, $50 or $100 are incredibly meaningful. For example, SNMHF provides over 3,000 books a year through its Read Me A Story early childhood literacy program, offers comfort meals at the hospital's Cancer Center through its Comfort Cuisine program, provides mammograms at the hospital's Women's Imaging Center for those that can't afford the cost and much, much more.

Gifts by cash, credit card and/or check are very much appreciated. As you are celebrating the upcoming holiday season with your loved ones, SNMHF invites you to consider making monthly giving a part of your 2018 resolutions. Even the smallest gifts can make a huge difference in the lives of patients at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH). Individuals can set up monthly donations by calling our office at (530) 477-9700 or visit http://www.supportsierranevada.org/donate and select "Recurring Gift" under the "Additional Information" tab.

Donors may also give back through an IRA Charitable Rollover. For individuals who are at least 70 and a-half years old, the IRA Charitable Rollover provides an excellent opportunity to fulfil your requirement minimum distribution and avoid counting those funds as income. Gifts must be made directly from your IRA to SNMHF. If this is something you are interested in, but don't know much about, please feel free to call our office.

Another option is giving a gift of stock. The tax savings on gifts of stock are twofold. First, donors realize the income tax savings on capital gains taxes. Second, donors will receive a charitable tax deduction for the fair market value of the sale of stock.

Donors who contribute $1,000 or more a year will be recognized as a Red Rose Society supporter, which includes a variety of exclusive SNMHF and SNMH benefits. To learn more, visit http://www.supportsierranevada.org/redrosesociety.

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Donors who have made gifts to SNMHF during 2017 should have gotten or may expect a phone call from an SNMHF board member. The SNMHF thank-a-thon happens every December and serves as a way of thanking donors for their generous contributions and dedication to advancing quality, community healthcare in western Nevada County.

SNMHF president Marty Lombardi will be participating in this year's thank-a-thon and is excited to reach out to those who have made gifts to SNMHF.

"Foremost in our minds is the importance of your knowing how very grateful we are for the many ways our community has supported our Hospital Foundation and Hospital over the years," said Lombardi. "Our appreciation is truly heartfelt and your donation of time and financial support is and will never be taken for granted. Please know that you have made an incredible difference in the lives of so many."

Whether it's individuals who have previously given or those considering making their first gifts, donors can rest easy knowing that one hundred percent of their contributions will go directly to the area of their choice.

"Our hospital does an exceptional job, in large part because our community recognizes the importance of being a partner in the health of our community," said SNMHF Executive Director Parker. "One hundred percent of your donation goes to the hospital need you designate."

To talk to someone directly about your gift or for more information, please call (530) 477-9700 or visit http://www.supportsierranevada.org.