Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Memorial Foundation's function?

The Memorial Foundation is the supporting foundation for Memorial Hospital. It is a publicly supported organization, doing business as an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Why does the Foundation ask me for money?

The Foundation raises funds through strategic planning and goal setting. To fulfill our mission, we seek charitable donations from the community and from other foundations. We then direct those funds to health care services and education to benefit our whole community.

Do my gifts through The Memorial Foundation get used locally?

Yes! All gifts are used as the donor directs and in support of creating a healthy community in support of our local families, friends and neighbors.

How does the Foundation decide which programs to fund?

The Memorial Foundation raises funds to support multiple programs throughout Virgina Mason Memorial. As steward of the funds raised, The Memorial Foundation's Board of Trustees (a volunteer board of community members) approves program allocations in September of each year, for funding in the next fiscal year (Jan 1 - Dec 31).

They carefully review each application for funding are carefully reviewed and work with Hospital administrators are involved to explore all options for funding sources before determining our ability or appropriateness to fund requests.

How much of my donated dollar actually goes to funding patient programs?

89% of total donations are used to support local healthcare programs and services. Click here and see for yourself!

An independent auditor analyzes our books each year. Our corporate tax form 990 is filed each year with the IRS. You are welcome to review it here.

Is The Memorial Foundation tax-exempt?

No. We pay sales tax on all products and services we purchase.

Will The Memorial Foundation assist me with my medical bills (or any other individual needs)?

The Memorial Foundation provides funding for programs and services provided by Virginia Mason Memorial. We are not able to provide funding/assistance on an individual basis.

Please contact the Business Services office at 509-575-8255 if your medical service was provided by a Memorial Family of Services partner, i.e., Memorial Hospital, North Star Lodge, etc.

I would like to hold an event to raise money for a specific need; how do I proceed?

You can find all of the information you will need to hold your event on our Host An Event page.

Will any of my gifts go to Virginia Mason?

As a separate 501(c)3 all gifts made through The Memorial Foundation stay local. Virginia Mason has its own foundation, which is located in Seattle.

How can I become involved with The Memorial Foundation?

You can sign up for our newsletter or donate to one of our healthcare initiatives. Keep an eye out for any volunteer opportunities as well by visiting volunteer services online.

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