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For the Good of the Community

Planned giving and other donations help Providence provide a variety of services

Story by Amy Lynn Smith | Photos by Gary Matoso

Bob Walker, MD, and his wife, Connie, have named the Providence Sacred Heart Foundation in their will.
Bob Walker, MD, and his wife, Connie, have named the Providence Sacred Heart Foundation in their will.

Bob Walker, MD, considers it a privilege to have worked as an Ob/Gyn for many years, primarily at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. In particular, he values the Providence mission of caring for the poor and vulnerable—a philosophy he and his wife, Connie, have upheld by naming the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation in their will.

“We can care for the poor and vulnerable long after we’ve retired, by being involved in the charities and institutions that are important to us,” says Dr. Walker, who serves on the Foundation’s board of directors.

There are many types of planned gifts, and often the Providence Sacred Heart & Children’s Foundations are unaware a gift has been made until a donor passes away, says Joyce M. Cameron, executive director. Others make their wishes known in advance, which lets the foundations offer guidance—and gratitude.

“We can provide advice and assistance, and share information about projects here that donors may want to help support,” she explains. “We can also give them recognition and treat them as special friends while they’re still alive.”

Especially in these challenging economic times, all gifts are welcome, whether they’re unrestricted or earmarked for a specific project. Here are some other programs and services in need of support.