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Making a Gift to Wissahickon Hospice

Wissahickon Hospice provides compassionate care for patients with life-limiting conditions. We recognize that there is more to the patient than physical needs and comforts. Our experienced staff ministers not only to the symptoms of the illness, but also to the patient's emotional and spiritual concerns, helping both our patients and their loved ones with the challenges that come with death and dying.

To cover the cost of care for all of our patients and to provide services above and beyond one's physical needs, Wissahickon Hospice relies on generous gifts from individuals, community organizations, foundations and corporations. You can make a contribution by calling (215) 898-0578. Checks and money orders should be made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania referencing "Wissahickon Hospice" on the memo line of the check. Checks and money orders should be mailed to:

Penn Home Care & Hospice Service –Development
3535 Market Street, Ste. 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Opportunities for Giving

  • Special funds such as our Needy Patient Fund (providing services to the uninsured and under-insured), David Bradley Children's Bereavement Fund, Education Fund, and Research, allow donors to direct their gifts to specific services or programs.
  • Memorial and tribute gifts allow donors to honor a loved one, observe a particular occasion or say thank you to someone special. Often, families specify "memorials to Wissahickon Hospice in lieu of flowers" in funeral notices. Our Light up a Life program, held in December, provides a special forum for making memorial and tribute gifts.
  • Special events such as our Popcorn Day at the Phillies or the Tim Thomas Charity Golf Classic provide fun activities for donors interested in attending and sponsoring events.
  • Major gifts are larger contributions that the donor may designate to capital expenses (such as development of an inpatient hospice), special programs (such as our volunteer program), or one of our special funds.
  • Bequests, insurance policies and retirement plan assets provide a way for donors to make a substantial gift while providing considerable tax benefits to the donor or donor's heirs. Donors can designate Wissahickon Hospice as a beneficiary in their will, life insurance policy or retirement funds.
  • Gifts of appreciated stock, mutual fund or real property allow donors to deduct the original cost and "paper profit" present in long-term appreciated property. Best of all, the donor pays no capital gains tax.
  • United Way Donor Option provides an easy forum for payroll deductions. If your employer participates in local United Way campaigns, simply ask for a donor choice form and a list of agencies. Complete the form and return it with your United Way pledge.
  • Matching gifts can increase your gift. If your employer offers matching gifts, simply obtain a matching gift form from your human resources or payroll office, fill it out and mail it to Wissahickon Hospice with your personal contribution.
  • Gifts in-kind are also a great way to support Wissahickon Hospice's efforts. Items such as toys and arts and crafts supplies benefit our children's bereavement program, while our patients enjoy care packages that include such items as lotion, socks and mints. From time to time, we will also seek office equipment or items for raffles and special events.