Over the years, we have asked you to add to our work by funding services and programs enhancing the lives of those we serve. Typically, we spend considerable time on design, writing copy, and identifying just the right pictures for our annual mailing. This year is different.
Indeed, everything about this year is different. COVID-19 is impacting every aspect of our work. Our residents count on us. Loved ones trust us. We have not wavered on our mission. Our team has performed heroically.
We need your help.
Being face-to-face with COVID has impacted every facet of our work with its largest impact on Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa, and Elijah’s Place. When COVID is identified, we must halt admissions for 14 to 28 days. Residents identified to have COVID are quarantined and receive care from employees wearing enhanced personal protection equipment (PPE). All employees wear PPE all the time. When employees test positive for COVID, they are not able to work for 10 to 14 days.
Without regular move-ins and admissions, revenue is $1.8 million below budget. Expenses are higher than ever. As employees recover from COVID, we have paid nearly $700,000 to secure agency staff and make certain our residents receive excellent care. We have also spent over $200,000 on personal protective equipment like gowns, masks, shields, goggles, etc. In our nursing homes, that’s about $8 to $10 per patient per day.
Over the past several months, we received donations helping us to expand opportunities for residents and families to talk on Zoom and visit outdoors. We purchased tablets and stands, tents with furnishings for outdoor visits, carts to host room-by-room activities, etc. We have exhausted all donations for this purpose.
It is hard to come to work and know you will be face-to-face with COVID. It is doubly hard when your family asks you to stay home. To recognize our team’s loyalty and heroic efforts, we have been serving lunch on Friday for months and every 4 to 6 weeks sending home gifts and games for loved ones letting them know we appreciate their support. We have received several donations sponsoring the Friday lunches and worked with restaurants to discount the meals. When those funds were exhausted, we turned to our Food & Beverage team to prepare the lunches. If interested in sponsoring a weekly lunch or aware of a corporation that might sponsor the lunches, please let me know. When prepared by our team, the cost is about $500 per week.
Our Emergency Preparedness Team not only responds to COVID, it is a think tank generating ideas for improving resident experiences, enhancing communications, recognizing employees, etc. We are creating safe spaces for visits at each of our facilities. The prototype includes wood, marine plastic, vinyl strip door kits, etc. We need to purchase more materials. We launched a television channel and need additional equipment to maximize its utility. We need funds to execute our ideas including ones just over the horizon that have not materialized just yet.
When developing ideas, we try hard not to limit our thinking based on resources. Yet, with our finances so taut, we have had to remove the sofa cushions and look for spare change.
We have always counted on you and you have been generous with your support. This year, we need you. We need you to donate generously so, we can fulfill our commitments to our residents, deliver on the trust of loved ones, and honor our heroic employees.
Please give generously.
Your generous support is essential to the mission and ministry of Miravida Living.
To determine what gift is best for you and the people you want to benefit, we recommend you seek counsel with an attorney specializing in estate planning. Our Miravida Living Foundation director is available to assist you and your attorney with planning.
Miravida Living can immediately use long-term appreciated securities to support our programs, and you receive an immediate tax deduction and avoid capital gains taxes.
Please consult your attorney for more information about the benefits and regulations surrounding gifts of stocks and securities. When you decide to donate, please notify the Miravida Living Foundation by mailing or faxing a copy of your transfer instructions. This is how we will identify your generous gift when it arrives.
Gifts of cash, securities, real estate and tangible personal property through your estate support our nonprofit programs and services. We are incredibly grateful for all of the following:
You can designate bequests for current use or to establish an endowed fund for specific purposes. We recommend your specific purpose bequest be stated as a preference because the needs of people living in our community change over time. This ensures your gift will support our work as we continue to innovate and excel.
Please consult with your attorney for more information about donating through wills and bequests.
You are able to support yourself, your spouse and our elders through a deferred gift to the Miravida Living Foundation. This type of donation can function as an income and a charitable income tax deduction.
Gift options include charitable gift annuity, deferred gift annuity and charitable remainder trusts. All require a minimum donation level and can benefit any part of the Miravida community. Please consult with your attorney to determine which option best fits your needs and intentions.
Donating personal property to our community is a wonderful way to support our needs and values. Gifts often include antiques, works of art, furniture, jewelry, rare books and valuable collections. We cannot assign value to your donations, according to IRS regulations. You must establish a value for the gift and provide a qualified appraisal for tangible property valued at more than $5,000. You must also complete IRS Form 8282 for items worth more than $500. Please mail the completed form to the Miravida Living Foundation.
Many employers are incredibly generous and will double or triple the amount you donate to us. This truly magnifies the scope and impact of our work. To participate in gift matching, fill out your employer’s gift matching form and send it to the Miravida Living Foundation with your donation, making sure to comply with your company’s guidelines. Thrivent Financial’s Thrivent Choice Program is an excellent example of an employer match program. We are grateful for their continued support.
Honor a loved one’s life path with a tribute gift. Many elders and their families support our community by naming Miravida Living as a recipient for memorials or honorariums.
Memorials keep the memory of a loved one alive, while honorariums are like community-wide celebrations of anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions. Memorial gifts of $1,000 or more are listed on our donor recognition display in Bethel Home. When giving an honorarium, we send a greeting to the person the donation honors to mark the special occasion.
Your gifts help us ensure all elders have endless opportunities to do what they love and live meaningfully. Donations fund adventures, social programs, spiritual services and more.
The Chaplaincy Endowment Fund supports our chaplaincy program and allows us to serve all faiths. The Dream Weaver Fund makes elders’ dreams come true through our Dream Weaver program.
The Blessed Assurance Fund offsets the difference between the cost of care and reimbursement from government programs, allowing many people within our community to live with wonder. We ask you to donate to grow this fund, allowing us to assist those unable to afford care today and in the future.
Every facility on our campus is a starting place for countless adventures and opportunities. Our goal is to ensure the physical buildings and grounds match the needs of the people who live there. Donations to make capital improvements help provide innovative, exceptional environments for all.
Donating to our General Endowment Fund sparks innovation to help elders live their best lives. Your continued support is a fundamental reason why we’re leaders in the Oshkosh community and elder care industry.
Every gift to the Miravida Living Foundation helps those entrusted in our care live with wonder. We are deeply grateful for our donors and their commitment to our community. Their support magnifies our nonprofit programs and services.