[Updated: November 23, 2021 | Published: November 19, 2021]
Charitable giving at Friendship Village of Dublin supports life in perfect balance for our residents and gives back to our dedicated associates.
“Many generous donors make our giving programs possible,” said Charitable Giving Director Betsy Gillespie, CFRE.
“Gifts from our Friendship Village of Dublin philanthropic funds touched the lives of every member of our caring community,” she added.
“Our donors stepped up in inspiring ways, helping residents and associates make their way through these challenging times.”
A Community That Gives
Friendship Village of Dublin is a community that gives.
“Whether it’s by volunteering, sending cards to celebrate special occasions, picking up a neighbor’s mail, or transforming lives through philanthropy, our community members generously support our mission and one another,” Betsy said.
“During recent challenging times, our giving community pulled together to accomplish things that would not be possible without their generosity.”
Opportunities to Give Add Up
There are many ways to give to Friendship Village of Dublin. Residents, loved ones and community members can contribute philanthropically using the giving form on our website.
Betsy Gillespie, CFRE also can introduce interested donors to tax-smart strategies including gifts of property, including stocks, giving with your IRA, and gifts that can actually earn income for the donor.
Each year, Friendship Village of Dublin also takes part in Giving Tuesday, a global movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. This year, Giving Tuesday falls on Tuesday, November 30.
If you shop on Amazon, you can even contribute by shopping! Just sign up for Amazon Smile, choose Friendship Village of Dublin as your charity, and Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of your eligible purchases to our community. Only purchases made at smile.amazon.com or through AmazonSmile activated in the Amazon Shopping app qualify for giving.
Remember, contributions to our Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization may qualify as a charitable tax-deduction. Ask your tax advisor for details.
A Bountiful Year of Charitable Giving
In the fiscal year ending June 30, combined contributions from many generous donors exceeded $250,000. Distributions from our charitable funds to support philanthropic programs totaled over $209,000.
Residents and associates benefited from philanthropic programs funded by their giving in many ways, including:
- Associates achieved educational and career growth through our Scholarship Fund.
- Our Residents’ Benevolent Fund ensured that residents experiencing unforeseen financial challenges continued to enjoy the comfort of a lifelong home through LifeCare.
- Associates who experienced hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic received help through emergency grants. Our Charitable Giving Committee has now expanded this program to offer grants of up to $500 to cover any emergency.
- Residents experiencing Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia benefitted from new equipment and activities supported by our Light the Way sponsors.
- Friendship in Bloom launched in Waterford Place and the Health Center, extending the healing power of gardening and the outdoors to our entire community. Click on the graphic to watch a video describing this innovative therapeutic horticulture program.
Thank You to Our Donors, Charitable Giving Committee and Charitable Giving Advisory Committee
“We’re so grateful to our Charitable Giving Committee members, who guide how we reinvest funds to make Friendship Village of Dublin a vibrant place to live and to work,” Betsy said.
Charitable Giving Comittee Members include Richard Belville, Bob Bowers, Ted Darrow, Ned Dewire (chair), Mary Jo Edwards, Bill Evans, Ann Fields, John Hickman, Lee Ann Igoe, Larry Kennedy (ex officio), Mabel Rice and Dick Turner.
Board members on our Charitable Giving Advisory Committee include Chuck Ansley, Ted Darrow, Ned Dewire, Karen Ickes, Debbie Johnson (Chair) and Mabel Rice.
“As we enter another season of giving, I want to recognize our generous donors and members of our Charitable Giving and Advisory Committees who give so much time and energy to guiding the impact of our philanthropic programs,” Betsy said.
“The most important thing I can do every day is to thank everyone who gives to Friendship Village of Dublin. Thank you for changing lives with your gifts!”