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Gifts of all sizes are needed to support new technologies, advanced care and a variety of programs and services at NCH. To learn more about ways you can give, contact the NCH Foundation at 847.618.4260 or To make a gift online, click here.

Give Back, Get Back

Help a hospital foundation and you'll likely share the benefits

You've heard it. You've said it. You know it's true. It really is better to give than receive. But be honest, receiving is pretty good, too. So why not do both?

If you feel a charitable urge but have not committed to a cause, consider supporting the Northwest Community Hospital Foundation. Charitable gifts and volunteer service help us provide the best patient care possible by raising the money needed for special projects such as high-tech medical equipment, research, renovations and community health initiatives.

"Healthcare is an integral part of our lives from cradle to grave," says James Yunker, Ed.D., chair of the editorial review board for Giving USA, a publication of the Giving USA Foundation that tracks national data and trends regarding charitable giving. "Some donors give to help find a cure, some to honor a special nurse or doctor, and others give simply because they are grateful for the care they or their family received."

As an added bonus, helping a worthwhile hospital foundation like NCH's may also help you. Here's how:

1. Grow Your Circle

Those who give back by volunteering tend to make new friends and connections because of the common bond they share with others who support their cause. People often become part of a social network that forms around the charity with which they're involved.

Don't think that your chances for social interaction are limited if your contributions are strictly financial. Unless donors wish to remain anonymous, they are invited to become involved in social activities such as benefits, committees and event-driven fundraisers. They are given many opportunities to meet others with similar interests. At NCH, donors who give $1,000 annually belong to the President's Circle, a giving society that hosts several inspiring and informative gatherings each year.

2. Spiff Up Your Skills

Perhaps you volunteer at your hospital foundation because you have expertise in an area of need such as event planning or fundraising. But just because you bring something to the table doesn't mean there won't be something that you can also take away. As you deepen your involvement, you will uncover limitless possibilities for learning. Knowledge gained through volunteering can be just as meaningful and valuable as the skills we acquire at our 9-to-5 jobs. In fact, people may learn skills they can apply in the workplace.

3. Feel Good About Yourself

There is a reason for that warm, happy feeling you experience when you know you have helped someone in need.

People feel good about giving back, helping others and making a difference. Every donor can benefit from the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping to make the world a better place.

There is no price tag that you can place on the sense of personal fulfillment that comes with supporting a worthy cause like a hospital foundation. Whether your contributions go toward funding cutting-edge technology or ensuring that every newborn is wrapped in a warm blanket, all donations make a difference.

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Last Updated 04/10/2009