Employee Giving Campaign FAQs

What is the Providence Caregiver Campaign?

  • The caregiver campaign is an annual fundraising event organized by the 10 Providence Foundations scattered throughout the Oregon region in which caregivers (employees) are encouraged to participate.
  • Each of the eight Providence Medical Centers in Oregon have a foundation office; there are also foundation offices at Providence Benedictine and Providence Child Center.
  • The Caregiver Campaign gives each caregiver (employee) the opportunity to give back and personally make a difference in the life of a patient, a co-worker, or a member of the community.
  • Although the formal campaign runs September 1 through 30, caregivers can make a gift online or stop by their local foundation office year round.

What are the Providence Foundations?

  • As a not-for-profit health system, Providence relies on the fundraising efforts of its 10 Foundations in Oregon to provide programs and services that otherwise would not be available.
  • Your support of these programs and services helps give all patients access to the latest cutting edge research, technology, and equipment, as well as providing those little extras that ease the way and make Providence who we are.

Where does the money go?

  • Donations go directly to the Providence Foundation(s) and fund(s) that you specify. All money is invested in the program to which it was given. For example, if you work in Portland but your family is from the Milwaukie area and you decide to donate to the Providence Milwaukie Foundation, your funds will be used to support the programs offered at Providence Milwaukie Hospital.

How do I make a gift – can I give online?

  • Payroll deduction provides the easiest way to contribute to the Giving Campaign. You may also make a one-time gift with check or credit card. To donate online click here. To download a paper form, click here.
  • In order to have 24 pay period deductions, you must make your gift by Thursday, December 17, 2015.

How do I designate which fund(s) my money goes to?

  • You simply select the Providence Foundation(s) and fund(s) you would like to support. If you do not see the fund listed, you always have the option to select “Other” to designate a specific area you would like to support.

What is the Helping Hand fund?

  • The Helping Hand Fund is available to Oregon Region employees who are experiencing a financial crisis (must have been employed by Providence for at least one year).
  • It is funded entirely by Providence caregivers (employees) to help their colleagues in times of financial distress.

What does ‘area of greatest need’ mean? Who decides where that money goes?

  • During the year each ministry has a variety of capital, technology and charitable needs not included in the annual operations budget. Gifts given to the area of greatest need are considered unrestricted and use is determined with the guidance of the foundation’s Board of Trustees. This fund helps to fill in the gaps so that we can insure care is never compromised.

How much should I contribute and is my contribution tax deductible?

  • Making a contribution is a personal decision and any amount is welcome and appreciated. All contributions to Providence Foundations are tax deductible to the extent provided by the law.

If I choose payroll deduction, when will my deduction begin?

  • Your first deduction will be on January 15, 2016 and continue for 24 pay periods.

What is United Way’s role in this campaign? Does all the money go through UW?

  • The United Way campaign runs concurrent with the Providence Giving Campaign to give caregivers the option to support other nonprofit community organizations.
  • Donations directed to Providence Foundations do not go to United Way.
  • Please see the United Way information sheet here

Is there a minimum payroll deduction gift?

  • The minimum deduction is $1 per pay period

What payment options are available?

  • Recurring gift – This is a wonderful way to support your favorite program without having to renew your pledge form each year. This option can be used with payroll deduct or credit card. Simply check the box for Recurring Gift on the giving form. Your gift will continue to be deducted until you notify your local foundation office to stop the deduction. During the annual giving campaign, you will have the option to change the amount of your deduction or give to other programs you wish to give to.
  • Pledge gift – A pledge gift is optimal for caregivers who want to renew their gift annually. Payroll deduction begins during the first pay period in January and ends after 24 pay periods.
  • Credit card – The credit card option allows you to give a one-time gift or set it up as a recurring gift by clicking the Recurring Gift check box.
  • Check – Caregivers may choose to write a one-time check to Providence and/or United Way.