Frequently Asked Questions
“Why do you need my contributions? Healthcare receives tremendous government funding.”
Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge (CHS Blue Ridge) is a non-profit organization. Due to the high cost of maintaining healthcare facilities coupled with the increased cost of healthcare and pressure from decreased reimbursement, the Foundation is a means of helping patients to ensure their quality of care remains high and their experience with us is superior.
Healthcare is paid for mainly by patients and their insurance companies. Although federal programs pay some medical bills, they typically do not cover the full cost of care. Philanthropy enhances existing programs and creates new programs and services that would not otherwise exist because of financial constraints.
When you give, your gift enhances the care provided to patients. At some point, each of us will be impacted by a healthcare facility. Our hope is you, your family member, and your friends choose CHS Blue Ridge for your care. At that point, your gift – your gift of hope - could be the gift that enhances the care you or your loved one receives. Most importantly, your gift will impact a patient somewhere in this community. What a difference that makes.
“Will you use my money to sponsor things in the community?”
Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation’s funding priorities are focused on helping Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge (CHS Blue Ridge) maintain their mission of Enhancing Life by Excelling in Care. Sponsorships to community organizations are provided through CHS Blue Ridge.
“How much of what I contribute goes to programs/teammates/patient needs, and how much goes to overhead and administrative costs?”
100% of any contribution you make to the Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation will be designated to a program or specific need that you specify. All areas supported by Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation are patient or teammate centric. The Foundation’s operating expenses are funded through annual support from Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge.
"Are my contributions tax-deductible?”
Please consult with your tax advisor.
"Why is the Foundation important? Why aren’t revenues from patients and third-party insurance sufficient?"
Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation is important because it supports the work of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge (CHS Blue Ridge) by providing programs and services that are not covered by revenues from patients and insurance companies. Although CHS Blue Ridge is a large system, it does not have unlimited resources. By working with donors, the Foundation enhances the services CHS Blue Ridge provides. The Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable, humanitarian, education, scientific and medical purposes to support CHS Blue Ridge.
"What forms of planned giving are accepted by Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation?"
Cash gifts, appreciated securities (stocks and bonds), tangible personal property, bequests, retirement plan assets, unitrust, memorial/honorary gifts, charitable lead trust, real estate, life insurance policies, and annuity trusts. To discuss any of these contributions, please contact the Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation office at 828-580-5358.
"Do my funds stay local?"
100% of your funds stay local to serve patients in Burke County and surrounding counties.
"Can I apply for a grant from the Foundation?"
Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding outside of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge. (wonder if we should reword this so that it addresses grants awarded outside of CHSBR – instead of general funding. Through funds like faith/health, etc we do fund some things in the community. But unless we have a specific grant for the community we don’t fund grants in the community. Make sense?)
"Why should I contribute to the Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation?"
Financial contributions help provide the resources necessary to maintain the highest level of excellence and patient support in our medical programs and services. Your individual acts of generosity help improve the quality of life for people in our community today and into the future. Philanthropic gifts have always been important to the Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation. Since its beginnings in 1991, gracious donors have significantly contributed to the growth and success of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge programs and services.