FAQ: Providence Giving Campaign

What is the Providence Giving Campaign?

  • The caregiver campaign is an annual fundraising event organized by the 10 Providence Foundations in Oregon in which caregivers (employees) are encouraged to participate.
  • The Caregiver Campaign gives each caregiver an 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 Oct. 16 through Nov. 12, caregivers can make a gift through Dec. 31, 2017.

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.
  • Each of the eight Providence medical centers in Oregon has a foundation team; in addition, Providence Benedictine Nursing Center and Providence Child Center also have foundations.
  • Your support of these programs and services helps give all patients access to the most advanced research, technology, services and programs.

Where does the money go?

  • Donations go directly to the Providence Foundation(s) and fund(s) that you specify.
  • You can split your gift among as many programs as you like.
  • If you donate to this year’s Helping Hand Fund, your gift goes directly to help eligible caregivers with one-time assistance during a time of need or financial crisis. Providence Federal Credit Union, for the second year in a row, is generously matching donations to the Helping Hand Fund up to $50,000.

What payment options are available?

  • Recurring gift – You can support your favorite program without having to renew your pledge form each year. This option can be used with payroll deduction or a credit card. Simply check the box for “recurring gift” on the pledge form. Your gift will continue to be deducted until you notify your local foundation office to stop the deduction. During the Providence Giving Campaign, you have the option to change the amount of your deduction or give to other programs if you wish.
  • Pledge gift – A pledge gift is 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. In order to have 24 pay period deductions, you must make your gift by Dec. 17, 2017.
  • 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” box.
  • Check – Caregivers may choose to write a one-time check to Providence.

How do I make a gift?

  • Online: Payroll deduction provides the easiest way to contribute to the Giving Campaign. You also may make a one-time gift online with a credit card. Donate online ›
  • Check: You can take a check, along with your completed form, to your local foundation office. Download forms ›

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

  • Select the Providence Foundation(s) and fund(s) you want to support. If you don’t see the fund listed, you always have the option to select “Other” to designate a specific area you want to support.

What is the Helping Hand fund?

  • The Helping Hand Fund is available to eligible Providence caregivers in Oregon who are experiencing a financial crisis and/or need extra support.
  • Providence Federal Credit Union is matching donations to the fund up to $50,000. That means your gift counts twice!

What does “area of greatest need” mean?

  • During the year each ministry always has more needs than can be funded out of the annual operations budget. This can include things such as new technology/equipment, new buildings or expansions, and free or reduced cost of care for vulnerable patients. This “area of greatest need” fund helps fill in those gaps to better serve our patients and communities.
  • Each foundation’s board of trustees carefully determines where and how the “area of greatest need” gifts will be used within its specific ministry.

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 occur on Jan. 12, 2018 and will continue for a total of 24 pay periods.

Is there a minimum payroll deduction gift?

  • The minimum deduction is $1 per pay period.

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

  • The United Way campaign runs concurrently 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.