Charitable Giving Supports Life in Perfect Balance

Charitable Giving

[Updated: November 30, 2020 | Published: November 23, 2020]

Friendship Village of Dublin was founded almost 40 years ago by a local group committed to serving central Ohio seniors. Our non-profit community operates as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Today, we’re governed by a local leadership team and all-volunteer board of directors who put the best interests of our residents and associates first.

“As a nonprofit organization, we’re able to focus on providing life in perfect balance for our residents,” said Executive Director Rita Doherty. “Generous charitable giving helps us fulfill our mission and provide the extras that help residents live life to the fullest.”

Charitable Giving Funds Extra Programs and Amenities

Friendship & Gratitude logo“Giving has always been a part of our community, though not everyone knows about the many ways they can give,” said Betsy Gillespie, CFRE, Director of Charitable Giving. “Giving programs support our LifeCare promise, associate scholarships and many extra programs and amenities on campus.”

Each giving program has its own resident committee that helps decide how to distribute funds. “Residents guide how we reinvest funds to make Friendship Village of Dublin a vibrant place to live and to work,” Gillespie said.

Contributions to our Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization may qualify as a charitable tax-deduction.

LifeCare and the Residents’ Benevolent Fund

Included with residency at Friendship Village of Dublin, LifeCare ensures lifelong peace of mind. This exclusive program covers basic assisted living and long-term nursing care — if and when needed — at very little extra expense.

The Benevolent Fund cares for residents whose circumstances have changed unexpectedly. “For the last 20 years, donors have supported the Benevolent Fund, helping those residents who need it today,” Gillespie said. ‘By giving now, current donors will support future residents who encounter an unexpected hardship – allowing them to continue benefiting from LifeCare.”

Selene Garden Expansion

Selene Garden Sculpture at Friendship Village of DublinMany residents remark on how much they enjoy our lush landscapes and community gardens. They’re the perfect place to enjoy a walk or practice growing flowers and vegetables.

Through the generosity of Joan E. and Donald E. Herr, our landscape became even more beautiful!

The couple funded a sculpture and expansion of our Selene Garden, a lovely spot named after the Greek goddess who drove the moon across the skies each night.

“The Selene Garden is a wonderful example of how residents and family members can designate funds for a specific project,” Gillespie said. “The sculpture they provided offers an all-season focal point for our gardens, and the plaque provides an enduring memorial to their generosity.”

Health Services Fund Invests in Memory Care Technology

Technology for caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia continues to advance.

Through our Health Services Fund, we’ve been able to invest in new technology for our Memory Care programs.

“Recently, our Health Services Fund has funded technology enhancements as well as iPads for virtual visits,” Gillespie said. “This enables family members to connect with loved ones even during the pandemic, when health regulations forced us to restrict in-person visits.”

Associate Scholarships and New Associate Emergency Assistance Fund

Our residents give back to our associates to show appreciation for the excellent care they provide.

In 2000, residents began funding scholarships for associates and their family members. Over the past two decades, their generosity has provided more than $190,000 to 87 scholarship recipients.

The 2020 scholarship program was the biggest ever, raising $27,500 for eight grants. In all, 60 individuals, families and organizations stepped up to expand the scholarship program.

To help keep our residents safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, Friendship Village of Dublin asked associates to make significant sacrifices. They committed to give up second jobs, which created financial hardships for some.

In May, our Charitable Giving Committee created a new Associate Emergency Assistance Fund. To date, they have distributed 15 small emergency grants to cover added childcare costs, medical expenses, extended time off and other issues related to the pandemic.

Mark Your Calendar for Friendship and Giving Week, November 30 – December 4

November 30th through December 4, Friendship Village of Dublin will celebrate “Friendship and Giving Week.”

We’ll be taking part in Giving Tuesday, discussing how giving impacts our community and providing insights into tax-smart giving strategies.

Giving Tuesday


On Tuesday, December 1, you can donate to Friendship Village of Dublin as part of Giving Tuesday.

Held the second Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year, Giving Tuesday is a global movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

To donate with a credit card, go to our online giving page.

Tax-Smart Giving Webinar, Thursday December 3, 1:30 p.m.

Tax Smart Giving WebinarJoin Charitable Giving Director Betsy Gillespie, CFRE, for an overview of strategies to help maximize your ability to support the charities you love.

This webinar will include information about gifts of property, including stocks, giving with your IRA, and gifts that can actually earn income for the donor. And just for 2020, extra tips to take advantage of the CARES Act.

Sign up for this informative Zoom presentation!


Questions About Charitable Giving? We’re Here to Help!

If you would like to know more about Charitable Giving at Friendship Village of Dublin, visit our website or contact Betsy Gillespie, CFRE, Charitable Giving Director at or 614.734.2151.


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