Niagara hospitals need support to provide vital healthcare services

Published May 8, 2023 at 1:44 pm

The Niagara Health Foundation needs support to provide vital healthcare services at Niagara hospitals

With healthcare being as vital as it is, the Niagara Health Foundation greatly appreciates all of its donors, including those who are able to give monthly.

Since hospitals are only partially funded by the government (which funds staffing, day to day operations and similar items), monthly donors provide a stream of constant support that helps the Foundation plan and budget for long-term projects that help save lives and improve patient care.

That includes equipping hospitals with the newest tools and equipment (including new beds, ventilators, ultrasound machines, and surgical equipment) which are vital for providing the best healthcare and wouldn’t be possible to have without monthly donors.

The Foundation’s tagline “Monthly Donors Make It Possible” is in recognition of the huge support monthly donors provide.

“I have been a monthly donor to the Niagara Health Foundation for several years now. It’s a cause that’s close to my heart, and I feel proud to support it in any way I can,” said a monthly donor for the Foundation.

“Knowing that my contributions are making a difference in the lives of patients and their families is an incredibly rewarding feeling.”

Donations can be made quickly and easily at the Foundation’s website or by calling 905-323-3863 (FUND).

While monthly donations help keep Niagara’s hospitals and healthcare services running, the Foundation appreciates all financial support it gets, including one-time donations.

In addition to regular donations, there are various options for residents who want to show their support:

  • In-Memory Donation: A donation in memory of someone who has passed away.
  • Gift of Gratitude: A donation to recognize someone at Niagara Health that made a difference to you or a loved one.
  • Major Gift: A larger donation often made from families, businesses, foundations, service clubs and organizations to help support all five Niagara Health sites.
  • Legacy Gift: A donation made by a person after they’ve passed away, such as through their estate or by leaving a gift for Niagara Health in their will.

“The Niagara Health Foundation plays a vital role in ensuring our hospitals have the resources they need to provide exceptional care for patients in our community,” said Andrea Scott, President and CEO of Niagara Health Foundation. “Without the support of our donors and partners, we simply couldn’t do what we do.”

All donations go towards supporting Niagara’s five hospital sites at Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Welland, Fort Erie, and Port Colborne – and the highly anticipated new South Niagara Hospital will also be largely  supported by donations when it opens in 2028.

Donations can be directed toward the most urgent needs of the hospital system as a whole, or can be directed to a specific hospital site or program that the donor most wishes to support, such as cancer care, mental health and addiction services, cardiac and stroke care, kidney care, palliative care, or women and children’s health.

The Niagara Health Foundation provides regular updates on how donated funds are being used – such as via its annual Donor Impact Report which it distributes across Niagara and on its website – so donors always know exactly what their money is going towards.

The Foundation also raises funds for healthcare through a wide variety of charity events, such as the Kids Ultimate Challenge which raises money for the Children’s Health Unit at Niagara Health, and the Big Move Cancer Ride which has raised over $4,000,000 for local cancer care since its inception in 2008.

To become a monthly donor and support Niagara healthcare, visit the Foundation’s website or call 905-323-3863 (FUND). All other types of donations are accepted as well.

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