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Sanford Health Foundation : Make a donation

Make a donation

Sanford Health needs your support to make critical investments in cutting-edge technology, supportive patient services, hospital facilities, continuing education for our doctors, nurses, nursing students and other healthcare providers.

Donate through the mail

To mail a gift to the Sanford Health Foundation, please print this donation form . Fill it out and mail it along with your gift to:

Sanford Health Foundation
300 Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND 58501

Memorial and honorarium gifts

Memorial gifts represent a heartfelt way to honor or remember a loved one by giving a gift in his or her name to a Sanford Health program or service that meant a lot to that person, a few examples include hospice care, cancer research, Sanford Health College of Nursing, a specific scholarship fund, neonatal intensive care unit, Give to Life programs or the General Fund which goes toward the Hospital's most urgent needs. Memorials can be given in sympathy or remembrance.

Honorariums can be given in honor of a special person. For example, you could give a gift in honor of a doctor who saved your life or saved the life of someone in your family. You could give an honorarium for a nurse who gave you or a family member extraordinary care, or it could be in honor of a family or friend. Honorariums are sincere reminders of how much you care. They can also serve to commemorate a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary.

The Sanford Health Foundation will acknowledge your tribute gift by sending an appropriate note to the family or friend in whose name the gift was made if you so desire. To do so, please send the Foundation the name and address of the family or friend the note should be addressed to. The amount of your gift will not be mentioned. A separate receipt will be mailed to you. Also, please let the Foundation know which fund the gift should be put toward.

To make a memorial or honorarium gift to the Sanford Health Foundation, please complete the secure online donation form or mail a check.

For a list of funds, click here.

Checks should be mailed to:

Sanford Health Foundation
300 N. Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND 58501

Honor a caregiver

Are you trying to think of a way to honor a doctor, nurse or therapist who took exceptional care of you or a loved one? One way to honor that special person is by giving a gift to the Sanford Health Foundation in his or her name. We will be sure to send that caregiver a note so they know how you have chosen to honor him or her.

To honor a special caregiver, simply mail your check along with a note indicating the name of the person you would like to honor with your gift and specifying which fund (link to the funds list) you would like the money to go toward. Then mail it to:

Sanford Health Foundation
300 N. Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND 58501

Or, you can give your gift online by clicking the link below and noting in the "Additional comments" section that you would like to honor a caregiver and listing the name of the person you've chosen to honor.

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Stocks and securities

Sanford Health always appreciates receiving a gift of stock to benefit any Sanford Health program or service. Stocks and securities are one of the most common ways to make a gift. The easiest method of transferring your stock ownership is to notify your broker that you wish to transfer the stock to the Sanford Health Foundation.

Tax benefits of donating this way may include:

  • Donating a stock that has appreciated in value, and that you have held for more than one year, allows you to avoid paying capital gains tax on the stock. Capital gains tax rates vary depending on your income, and could have been as high as 15 percent in 2010.
  • The donation of stock that has increased in value can be recognized as a charitable contribution at its current market value, instead of its cost, allowing taxpayers that itemize deductions to benefit through reduced income taxes.
  • To find out if donating appreciated stock is a good charitable giving strategy for you, consult with your tax advisor.

To transfer stock ownership to the Sanford Health Foundation, contact your broker. Ask him or her to contact the Sanford Health Foundation at (701) 323-8450 or email foundation@sanfordhealth.org to make sure you receive all available tax benefits.

Because there is sometimes more than one gift being transferred at the same time, it is helpful to let the Foundation know the following to assure your gift of stocks is credited appropriately.

  • The name of the stock
  • How many shares are being transferred
  • The date authorization of stock transfer is delivered to your broker.

All stock transfers are to be made through:
Wells Fargo Advisors
418 E. Broadway, Suite 7
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 258-9888
Our investment manager is Ingrid Schneider.

The DTC number, required for such transfers, is DTC 0141.
Please ask that the gift be placed into account number 450091327.
You will need the Sanford Health Foundation Tax Identification Number: 450397196.

It is our policy to sell stock transfer gifts immediately upon receivership. You, as the donor, will earn the value of stock upon transfer (for tax purposes.)

When the Foundation receives notification of the transfer, we will provide you with a statement that reflects the amount of the gift per IRS guidelines.

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Charitable gift annuities

A charitable gift annuity is a life insurance product that allows you to make an immediate gift and receive income for life. Each payment you receive is made up of a taxable interest portion and a tax-free return of principal. Depending on your age, the rate of return can be from around 5% to as high as 12%. The advantages to this type of gift are:

  1. Charitable gift annuities are relatively simple and easy to understand.
  2. The foundation receives a current gift.
  3. The donor will receive a predictable income for life.
  4. Capital gain is distributed over the life of the annuity.
  5. The donor will receive a tax-free return of principle.
  6. The donor will receive a current income tax charitable deduction.
  7. A charitable gift annuity can be funded with a gift of $5,000 or more.

Click here to view charitable gift annuity rates for two lives as of July 1, 2010

Click here to view charitable gift annuity rates for one life as of July 1, 2010

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North Dakota taxpayers earn credit for gifts to endowments
North Dakota legislators continue to move the state to the cutting edge of state charitable income tax credits with legislation providing tax credits for gifts made to qualified North Dakota endowments. Giving to endowments through the Sanford Health Foundation will help Sanford Health better meet the needs of patients and programs benefitting North Dakota communities.

Barely a handful of states offer charitable tax credits of any kind, and only one other state offers credits similar to what North Dakota now offers. This tax credit makes it possible for individuals and financial institutions to give more, and through their contributions, have a greater impact on the state's quality of life.

What is an endowment?

A qualified endowment is defined as an "irrevocable fund held by a North Dakota incorporated or established organization that is a qualified non-profit organization; or a bank or trust company holding the fund on behalf of a qualified non-profit organization." An endowment is a fund held by a tax-exempt organization where the principal of the fund is not expendable. Only the interest and appreciation earned in an endowment fund can be used for current operations.

Businesses and financial institutions (C corporations, S corporations, estates, limited liability companies and trusts) that make gifts to qualified endowments may qualify for a state income tax credit, which amounts to 40 percent of the value of the gift, up to a maximum credit of $10,000 per year. Business may carry forward any unused credit for up to three taxable years.

What are the donor benefits?

Planned gifts by individuals qualify for an income tax credit of 40 percent for gifts up to $10,000 per person, or $20,000 for a married couple with any unused credit to carry forward three years. This tax credit for planned gifts is also unique to North Dakota and gives North Dakotans a remarkable opportunity to make meaningful gifts to their favorite charities and get significant reduction in their income tax bills.

An individual may receive a 40 percent tax credit for contributions of $5,000 or more (lump sum or aggregate in one year) to a single qualified North Dakota endowment.

This information is provided for educational purposes only. Please consult your own attorney, accountant or financial advisor for advice on your situation.

For more information on making a qualifying gift, contact the Sanford Health Foundation at
(701) 323-8450 or (800) 932-8758 or email foundation@sanfordhealth.org.