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Ways to Give

Your gift to the Baystate Health Foundation changes lives. You may not be a doctor, but your gift can help a patient receive the latest cancer treatments. You may not be a nurse, but your gift can help ease someone's suffering. Your generosity matters even more than you may ever know.


Whether you wish to honor a loved one, thank a team of caregivers for what they have done, or simply ensure that quality care is available in your own community, making a gift to the Baystate Health Foundation can fulfill your wish.


Gifts to the Baystate Health Foundation stay local, so you are actually helping individuals and families in your own community.


Baystate Health Foundation, Inc. (BHF) is a tax-exempt charitable organization established to encourage and support philanthropy in support and for the benefit of Baystate Health (BH) and its affiliated tax-exempt, charitable organizations. These affiliated organizations include:

  •   Baystate Medical Center
  •   Baystate Medical Center Children's Hospital
  •   Baystate Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice
  •   Baystate Franklin Medical Center
  •   Baystate Mary Lane Hospital


How Does My Gift Make a Difference?

Your support, and the support of your friends and neighbors, allows us to provide high quality and compassionate care. Philanthropy ensures that our doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals have top-notch facilities, equipment, training and tools to provide the best care possible for our community. Your gift also can support our medical, nursing, and other health care teaching facilities and programs; it can help our faculty to pursue medical research and allow them to educate the next generation of caregivers. Your gift says that you value having excellent medical care close to home.

Can I direct my gift to a specific organization or program?

Yes. You may direct your gift to any Baystate Health hospital or other affiliated organization. You also may direct your gift to support a specific program or department. BHF maintains a separate account for each purpose, and the full amount of each gift goes to the organization or specific program designated by the donor.

For example: A gift to BHF may be designated to support the Hospice Program at Baystate Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, to provide needed medical equipment at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, or to support patient care programs at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.

Can I make an unrestricted gift?

Yes. You may make an unrestricted contribution to BHF, which will be used to support the Baystate Health mission, including the work of our caregivers and health care organizations.

Are my gifts tax-deductible?

Yes. BHF is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, relying on community support to fulfill its mission. Gifts to Baystate Health Foundation are tax deductible as allowed by law, but only your own financial, legal, or tax advisor can determine the tax implications of your gift.

Can I make a gift in honor or memory of someone?

Yes. Upon receipt of your gift, a thank you letter will be sent to you, and a letter acknowledging that an honorary or memorial gift has been given will be sent to the individual you designate. At the time of your gift, please provide to us the names and addresses of those to whom we should forward an acknowledgement. This acknowledgement will not reveal the gift amount, only that an honorary or memorial gift has been made.

Can I donate with a credit card?

Yes. We are glad to accept your credit card donation. To donate, please call us at 413-794-5444 the main  page and click on the give online link.

Can I donate stock?

Yes. Giving shares of stock or securities may allow you to make a significant gift to BHF at a far lower cost to you than donating cash. Gifts of appreciated securities such as stocks, bonds, and mutual fund shares can provide you with distinct tax advantages. Please call us at 413-794-5444 for more information; however, only your own financial, legal, or tax advisor can determine the tax implications of your gift.

Can I include Baystate Health Foundation, Inc. in my will?

Yes. You may include BHF, or any of the affiliated Baystate Health organizations that BHF supports, in your will and estate plans. We would be glad to speak with you and your financial, legal, or tax advisors to provide you with sample language, which you may include in your will. Please call us at 413-794-5444 for more information.

Can I make a gift that returns income to me?

Yes. Trusts and annuities may allow donors to make significant gifts that also create an annual income for the donors during their lifetimes. Please call us at 413-794-5444 to discuss the benefits of making a gift this way.

How will my gift be recognized?

All donations are immediately recognized in writing upon receipt. When you make a gift, you will receive a written acknowledgement with our grateful thanks, and you should keep this letter for your tax records. If you wish to remain anonymous, please notify us at the time of your gift.

Are there opportunities to name a program or endowment?

Yes. Naming opportunities for gifts supporting equipment, facilities, research, educational programs, and endowments are available. Please call us at 413-794-5444 to discuss available naming opportunities.


The information included on this webpage is not intended as legal advice and is for informational purposes only. Please consult with your financial and tax advisors before making any gift.


For more information, please call the Baystate Health Foundation at the numbers below:

  • Baystate Medical Center 413-794-5444
  • Baystate Children's Hospital 413-794-5444 
  • Baystate Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice 413-794-6411
  • Baystate Franklin Medical Center 413-773-2763
  • Baystate Mary Lane Hospital 413-794-7737