Your generosity makes a difference!

Mission and Vision


 


The mission of the WCBR Foundation is to support, benefit, and enhance the well-being and quality of life of our residents and associates.

The vision of the WCBR Foundation is to build and foster a vibrant community of residents and associates empowered by innovative and transformational programs that distinguish WCBR as a premier Lifecare community.

Since our founding over three decades ago, WCBR has benefited from the generosity of residents, families, associates, and friends who support our community's mission and commitment to others. Every day, the Foundation makes a difference in the lives of all those who call WCBR home and their employer of choice. Thank you for the difference that you make!

"We have been extremely fortunate, and our view has always been to share this with others. One way is through the Foundation. It is the capstone. The Foundation adds immeasurably to life at Westminster-Canterbury for residents and associates alike. The Health and Well-Being Across the Continuum fund enhances lives of people in the entire community, enabling programs, activities, services and support not otherwise possible. Through the Foundation we promote everyone’s well-being and build a true community for all. The Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Foundation makes WCBR what it is today." - Charlie and Deborah

Areas to Support


 


Donors, like you, play an important role in fulfilling our vision to make WCBR the premier Lifecare community. The WCBR Foundation has identified the following six areas as priorities to best enhance our community:

Unrestricted Gifts
Your unrestricted gift provides the WCBR Foundation with the greatest latitude to fulfill its mission, meet areas of greatest need, and support planning for and implementation of future programs and services. Unrestricted giving leads to unrestricted thinking.

Fellowship Assistance
From its founding, WCBR has provided an important safety net for residents who have outlived their financial resources and are no longer able to afford their WCBR monthly fee. To date, no one has ever had to leave the community for lack of funds. The program also offers one-time financial assistance to a narrow class of prospective residents who are unable to fully pay the WCBR entrance fee, but whose community ties and contributions make them deserving of special consideration.

Health and Well-Being Across the Continuum
Residents come to live at WCBR because we are a Lifecare retirement community that provides independent living, catered living, memory care, skilled nursing care, and rehabilitation therapies. But what makes WCBR extraordinary is the Foundation’s drive to support the very best holistic care. Staying engaged and active physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually plays a significant role in determining the length and quality of our lives. Because of the support of our donors we are able to provide innovative and best-practice solutions to health and well-being needs. Offerings include specialized exercise classes; stimulating social, cultural, art, and performance activities; lifelong learning educational classes; a comprehensive library; pastoral care; recreational and art therapy; and much more. This fund also provides flexible support to address new or changing high-priority needs so we can best care for our residents.

The Newton and Wilma Thomas Education and Workforce Development Fund
Programs may include scholarships; student loan repayment assistance; financial support for conferences, workshops, and licensing or certification beyond minimum employment requirements; and individual or group training programs to grow knowledge and skills. We value our associates and wish to provide them with skills and tools so they can advance their skills and careers here at WCBR.

Associate Support
Attracting and retaining associates who are dedicated to excellence and service is a top priority at WCBR and we know it takes more than fair pay and benefits to secure the best team. Our programs provide a sense of purpose and community by recognizing our associates, create a thriving culture of belonging, and assist associates during times of crisis. This fund also provides flexibility to support additional high priority needs so we can best express appreciation for the service and care provided by our extraordinary associates.

Each picture provided below represents a program sponsored by the WCBR Foundation. Thank you!

How You Can Help


 



There are many ways to make a difference and support the WCBR community. Several ways to make a gift are listed below. We are always available to answer your questions.

Online Gifts


 


Making an online gift to the Foundation is quick, easy, and safe. Our online giving site provides you with the option of making either a single gift or a recurring gift.

Mail, Check, Phone, Electronic Funds Transfer


 


To make a gift via check, please make it payable to “WCBR Foundation.” To restrict your gift to one of the areas outlined above, please note your wishes on the memo line.

Please mail your check to:

WCBR Foundation
250 Pantops Mountain Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22911

We are able to accept gifts via electronic funds transfer (EFT). If you need assistance, please contact Vice President of Mission Advancement, Bethanie Constant, at bethanie.constant@wc-br.org or call (434) 972-3281.

Gifting to Honor or Memorialize Another


 


You can honor a loved one, treasured neighbor, friend or family member by making a tribute gift. We will send a letter to an individual you designate informing them of your thoughtful gift without disclosing the amount. Your gift can be made to the Unrestricted Fund to address the greatest needs or to one of the other areas noted above. You may also honor a friend or family member by making a gift in your last will and testament.

Donors who make a gift of $2,500 or more have the opportunity to have a plaque placed in the WCBR Tribute Garden to honor or memorialize themselves or loved ones. For assistance please contact our Advancement Specialist, Erica Stein, at Erica.Stein@wc-br.org or by calling (434) 972-2571.

Gifts in Wills, Trusts, Retirement Accounts and Other Ways to Give Smart


 


Many people want to do more to express support for the organizations that they care about, like the WCBR Foundation. Making a gift through your will, trust, bank accounts, IRAs, and/or retirement accounts allows you to support WCBR while also taking care of yourself and your loved ones.

A gift in your will or a living trust lets you make a gift of any size to the Foundation free of estate tax. During your lifetime, your assets will remain in your control, and you can make changes in your estate plan at your discretion. You can designate a specific amount or a percentage of your estate with or without restrictions to the Foundation.

You can shape the future for current and new generations of residents and associates to come and your story and values will live on.

We would be honored to meet with you and/or your adviser to discuss what may be the most advantageous for you. Please contact Bethanie Constant at (434) 972-3281 to learn more. You may also read more specifics on our Gift Planning page.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities: Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds


 


You may be able to avoid taxes by making a gift of stocks or bonds to the Foundation. Electronic transfer is the easiest method when a donor maintains holdings in a brokered account. To receive Depository Trust Company/Wire Transfer instructions please contact the Development Office at (434) 972-3281. Your name does not come with the transfer of assets, so please contact us ahead of time so we can ensure timely receipt and acknowledgment. You may also learn more specifics on our Gift Planning page.

Donor Advised Funds


 


If you have a Donor Advised Fund (DAF), you can direct the holder of your fund to make a gift to support WCBR without additionally affecting your financial position.

Matching Gifts


 


Corporate matching gifts help employees increase their gifts and sometimes are extended to retirees. By taking advantage of a company’s matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of your contribution to WCBR. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, contact a human resources representative from your company or look for it on the company’s human resource website. If they do match gifts, mail your completed matching gift form and personal gift to:

WCBR Foundation
250 Pantops Mountain Road
Charlottesville, VA 22911

Recognition


 


To show our appreciation we recognize our donors in the following ways:

The Legacy Society gratefully acknowledges donors who have chosen to include the WCBR Foundation in their will or other estate planning. To learn more about how you can become a member visit our Gift Planning page.

The Blue Ridge Circle honors those whose cumulative gifts over the years have reached or exceeded $100,000.

The Foundation Circle honors those whose cumulative gifts during the Fiscal Year have reached or exceeded $1,000.

2024 Platinum Seal of Transparency


The Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Foundation recently earned a Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid and Guidestar. Learn more about our organization’s impact through our annual report, and our Guidestar profile.



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Learn More, Contact Us


Bethanie Constant, CFRE
Vice President of Mission Advancement
WCBR Foundation
Office: (434) 972-3281
Email: bethanie.constant@wc-br.org
Mail: 250 Pantops Mountain Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911

Or stop by the Development Office in the Administrative Office Suite

We respect your privacy. Your information will always be kept confidential. It will not be sold, rented, loaned or otherwise disclosed. The Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.