Founded:
1982
Contact Title:
Administrative Director
Contact Name:
Ann Awerkamp Dickson
Address:
1121 Broadway, PO Box 7005
Quincy, IL 62305-7005
Phone Number:
(217) 223-8400 ext. 4196
Fax Number:
(217) 222-6056
Website:
www.blessinghealthsystem.org
Opportunities:

Online Donations, Cash, Stocks and Bonds, Real Estate, Other Appreciated Assets, Trusts, Annuities, and Wills


Communities:
Quincy, IL
Categories:
Health Care

Blessing Foundation, The

Mission:

The Blessing Foundation, Inc. is a subsidiary of Blessing Corporate Services, Quincy, IL.  The Foundation's purpose is to raise, manage and disburse privately donated gifts.  A qualified not-for-profit and tax-exempt organization, the Foundation exists to improve the quality, depth and scope of health services available to residents of the Quincy service region by making grants to Blessing Corporate Services tax-exempt affiliates.

History:

The Foundation was incorporated in December 1982 and received its federal tax-exempt determination in October 1983. It is a charitable not-for-profit organization within section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. It is governed by an eleven member voluntary Board of Trustees, which is composed of individuals with an exceptional record of professional and community leadership. Less than five percent of the Foundation’s income is spent on operations and fund-raising annually.

Highlights:

Founded in 1875 as a 19-bed independent, community hospital, Blessing has grown to become the largest health care facility and charitable institution in a 23-county area populated by some 400,000 residents.  Blessing provides traditional primary level medical and surgical services normally associated with community hospitals. Blessing is also a regional tertiary institution as demonstrated by its national-accredited care for heart, cancer and neurologic diseases. The Hospital is nationally recognized as a Chest Pain Center, Primary Stroke Center and a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program provider. Other services offered include State-designated Level II Trauma Center care and Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics, hospice for the terminally ill, nationally-certified inpatient rehabilitation services, gastrointestinal care, the Community Outreach Clinic for the uninsured, maternity and level II nursery care, breast center, chronic pain and wound services, and skilled home care, to name a few. The hospital holds Magnet status from the American Nurses Association for nursing excellence and was named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Blessing Hospital is also a major sponsor of educational programs. Blessing- Rieman College of Nursing offers Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing degrees and is among the oldest nursing education program in the Midwest. Other educational programs include schools of radiologic technology and medical laboratory technicians, emergency medical services and pharmacy technician programs, and co-sponsorship of the Quincy Family Practice Residency Program for physicians. Blessing also serves as a clinical training site for surgical technology and respiratory therapy programs offered by other area institutions of higher education.

Ways to Give:

The Blessing Foundation maintains a full-time professional staff to help prospective donors make their gifts — small or large — in the most meaningful way. Donations may be unrestricted, so they can be applied as most critically needed, or restricted to specific programs and services. They may be for immediate use or added to an endowment so the interest earnings will be available each year in perpetuity. Many gifts received by the Foundation each year are given to honor or memorialize loved ones. Those making major gifts through a legal device such as a will, trust or annuity should consult with the Foundation staff, as well as their attorney, to assure proper documentation of their philanthropy. Current Charitable Needs: There are many programs and services provided by the Blessing Health System that, while essential, cannot financially be sustained. Unrestricted gifts to Blessing entities or the Blessing Foundation allow these programs to continue, expand and improve. Preventive health screenings, the nurse intern program, family practice residency program funding, and the Community Outreach Clinic providing care to the uninsured all are examples of this kind of need. Unrestricted donations to the Blessing Foundation are placed in an endowment fund for perpetual use in improving the quality, variety and availability of healthcare services for the benefit of all people living in our region.  There are also a number of services with established funds for donated gifts: Blessed Beginnings Birth Center, Blessing Behavioral (Psychiatric) Center, Blessing Breast Center, Blessing Cancer Center, Blessing Heart & Vascular Center, Blessing Home Care, Blessing Hospice – Big Hearts TAPP, Blessing Hospice & Palliative Care, Blessing Lauretta M. Eno Child Care Center, Blessing Physician Services, Caring Club – Foundation Unrestricted, Community Outreach Clinic, Diabetes – Educational Services, Emergency Center, Holiday Giving – Foundation Unrestricted, Illini Community Hospital, Intensive Care Unit, Intermediate Care Unit, Laboratory, Patient Care Addition Fund, Pediatrics, Quincy Hospitality House, Radiation Therapy, Rehabilitation Services, Renal Dialysis, Skilled Nursing Unit, Surgical Services, Unrestricted Gifts, and Volunteer Services, Recognizing donors: The Blessing Foundation is pleased to recognize donors in several ways.  Three times a year, Personal Blessing magazine is published and mailed to nearly 90,000 homes in the Tri-State area.  Each issue features the Giving Society, which lists donors who have given $100 or more the previous quarter.  For a complete list of giving opportunities and donor recognition, visit our website at www.blessinghealthsystem.org/foundation.

Options:

The Blessing Foundation is experienced in handling gifts of all sizes and types. Types of gifts include cash, stocks and bonds, real estate, other appreciated assets, trusts, annuities, and bequests and legacies left through a will. The Foundation staff is always available to counsel and serve prospective donors. But those considering major or planned gifts are also urged to consult with their attorney and tax advisor.