Thank you for considering a donation to the WCBR Foundation
Sustaining and Building the Premier Lifecare Community Together
The community here at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge enriches our lives, strengthens our connections to one another through friendship and fellowship, and offers a foundation upon which to build our future.
The Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Foundation undergirds residents and associates through a variety of Philanthropic Areas to Support described below. To learn how you can make a gift that best suits your personal situation in support of those efforts visit How You Can Help – Ways to Give.
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.
Giving Life to Our Mission
Philanthropic Areas to Support
Donors, like you, play an important role in fulfilling our mission to make WCBR the premier Lifecare community in the region, and support residents and our associates.
The WCBR Foundation has identified the following 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.
- Purpose Restricted Gifts: Donors wishing to designate gifts for priorities identified by the WCBR Foundation may wish to make restricted contributions to one or more of the following programs for Resident Support or Associate Support.
From its founding, WCBR has provided an important safety net to 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.
Life Enrichment programming offers opportunities to enhance residents’ quality of life through cultural, educational, leisure and recreational activities. Gifts may support concerts, performances, lectures, art classes, music and art therapy, classes and instruction provided by local and regional professionals, Jessup Memorial Library needs, computer classes, and other group activities and events.
Contributions to Memory Support may further enhance care and programs for residents with dementia, including music, art, movement and other specialized therapies, and evidenced-based training on practices that optimize quality of life which may be provided to associates, caregivers and the larger WCBR resident community.
Gifts to support Pastoral Care may be used to support clergy, seminary interns and those pursuing Clinical Pastoral Education at WCBR, provide honoraria to guest speakers, and assist with the costs of special services and programs such as the annual Remembrance Service.
Contributions support the cost of training and education to secure and retain WCBR’s talented associates. Supported programs may include financial assistance for education, student loan debt assistance, licensing or certification beyond minimum employment requirements, and training programs.
Recognition and Reward
Recognizing and rewarding excellence among our associates contributes to loyalty and service excellence. Gifts may support service awards programs and departmental recognition events. Additionally, funds may be utilized to support costs borne by associates for the purchase of clothing required for their position, such as scrubs and safety shoes.
This program helps associates who may experience a financial crisis due to events beyond their control. Grants are made to eligible associates with funds being sent directly to a business or creditor, e.g., mortgage company/landlord, utility company, or funeral home.
As you can see, gifts made to the Foundation touch every aspect of our community and enrich the lives of residents and associates. Together, we enhance our shared community.
How You Can Help
Ways to Give
There are many ways to make your gift to support the WCBR community. To find the option that best suits your financial circumstances please refer to the list below.
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 philanthropic priorities noted above, please note your wishes on the memo line.
Please mail your check to:
250 Pantops Mountain Road Charlottesville, VA 22911
We are also able to accept gifts via electronic funds transfer (EFT). If you need assistance please contact Vice President of Development, Bethanie Constant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (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 thoughtfulness without disclosing the amount. You gift can be made to the unrestricted fund to strengthen the areas of greatest need or to one of the philanthropic priorities 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 Donor Relations 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. 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’s mission without additionally affecting your financial position.
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:
250 Pantops Mountain Road
Charlottesville, VA 22911
To show our appreciation we recognize our donors in the following ways:
The Legacy Society gratefully acknowledges donors 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.
Learn More, Contact Us
Bethanie Constant, CFREVice President of Development
Office: (434) 972-3281
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.