Ways to Give

Ways to Give

Contributions from CommunityHealth’s family of donors (individuals, foundations, corporations, and institutions) support the provision of high-quality health care to thousands of low-income, uninsured men and women each year. Every year, donations covered the costs of providing more than 15,000 medical and dental visits and filling over 33,000 prescriptions for our patients. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of  our philanthropic partners and for their confidence in our mission.

CommunityHealth is a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization.  You can help advance our mission in a number of ways:

Donate Securely Online

Supporting the work of our volunteers and helping patients in need is easy! You can donate online here or by clicking the Donate Now button at the right. 

Donate by Mail or Phone

To donate by mail, please download and fill out our donation form (Word Doc) and send it, along with your check, to:

CommunityHealth 2611 W. Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 Attn: Andrew Sutherland, Foundation and Donor Relations Manager.

To donate by phone using Visa or MasterCard, please call Andrew Sutherland, Foundation and Donor Relations Manager, at 773.969-5956.

Honorary and Tribute Donations

  • Commemorate a holiday, birthday, wedding, or other special occasion with a donation to CommunityHealth. The special person you honor will receive a letter from CommunityHealth notifying him or her of your thoughtfulness and generosity (gift amount will be kept confidential).
  • When a loved one has passed away, consider having family and friends make a donation to CommunityHealth rather than sending flowers. CommunityHealth will send a personal thank-you to each donor and we will also send the designated family a list of donors and their addresses (gift amount will be kept confidential).

Double Your Impact with a Matching Gift

Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even triple the amount of your gift! Some also extend this benefit to employees’ spouses and retirees. Top employers in Chicago that offer matching gifts are Allstate, Baxter, Exelon, Harris Bank, and Tribune. For a list of other employers that match employee gifts, click here. If your employer has a matching gift program, complete the required forms and send them to CommunityHealth along with your donation.

If you don’t know whether your employer has a matching gifts program, contact your human resources department. They can direct you to the required forms; often, this process can be handled entirely online through your company’s website.

Naming Opportunities

CommunityHealth will create individualized recognition plans for donors interested in a naming opportunity, particularly those wishing to honor or memorialize individuals through their gift. A gift may be given as a one-time contribution, or pledged over a two- to five-year period.

For more information, contact Laura Starr, Director of Development and Communications, at 773.969.5918 or


Many individuals find comfort in knowing precisely how their estate will be distributed after death. You can designate all or a portion of your estate assets to benefit family, friends, and charitable organizations. This option allows you to make significant gifts to the causes that are important to you without making financial sacrifices during your lifetime.

Planned giving integrates your charitable gift with your overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals to maximize benefits to both you and CommunityHealth.

We encourage you to speak with your financial advisor about the best planned giving option for you, but here are the most commonly used planning giving options:


Bequests: A bequest through a will or trust is the most common form of planned gift.  A bequest allows an individual to make a substantial contribution to support a charity without diminishing the assets available to the donor during his or her lifetime.  Because a charitable bequest is tax deductible for federal estate tax purposes, important estate tax savings can result for this type of give that may reduce or possibly eliminate one’s federal estate tax burden.

For more information about the types of bequests you can plan, click here.

Retirement Plan and IRA Designations

If a person names his or her children as beneficiaries of his or her qualified retirement plan or IRA, substantial income and estate taxes may be assessed.  The total combined tax burden can exceed 70%.  In other words, a donor’s heirs would receive only 30% of the retirement plan or IRA.  The solution has often been to name a charitable remainder trust as the beneficiary of one’s retirement plan or IRA.  The children can be income beneficiaries of the charitable remainder trust.  This gift vehicle can leave a donor’s estate in a much better financial position.  More often, however, the donor simply chooses to name the charity as beneficiary of his or her retirement plan or IRA.  Are you currently drawing on your IRA in retirement and taking your RMD (required minimum distribution)? Currently, there are incentives in place that allows retirees age 70 1/2 and older to designate up to $100,000 of their RMD to a charity and it will be tax-free.  Many people are taking advantage of this as the laws could change.  Contact your financial adviser for more information.  You can change your wishes at any time.

  • For a sample Request for Direct Charitable Distribution from Individual Retirement Account, click here (Word Doc).
  • For more information about the process of donating funds from an IRA to an eligible charitable organization, click here.

For information about some of the different planned giving methods available to you, click here, and be sure to contact your financial adviser to choose the best method for you.

If you have any further questions, please contact Laura Starr, Director of Development and Communications, at 773.969.5918 or

Gifts of Stock and Securities

A gift of appreciated securities held for more than one year can provide significant benefits to you as well as CommunityHealth.  A gift of stock entitles you to a tax deduction for the market value of the donated stock (not just your cost basis). CommunityHealth can talk directly with your broker or financial adviser to facilitate the gift. The best and easiest way to make a gift of stock is to transfer the shares electronically from your account to ours.

Please have your broker contact Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. (Molly Vandeveld at 312.696.2126) and inform them of your wish to transfer stock to CommunityHealth, NFP (Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.) DTC # 5198, directed to CommunityHealth, NFP Account # 7DQ02235.

To ensure that you receive appropriate credit for your stock gift, please contact Laura Starr, Director of Development and Communications, at 773.969.5918 or with your information (including name, stock, and number of shares).