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Ways to Give

The tradition of caring at CGH Medical Center began on Nov. 22, 1909, when 13 physicians signed the incorporation papers of the Whiteside Public Hospital. Since then, CGH has been a hospital for the people, impacting individuals, generations and communities. You can be a part of that tradition by donating to the CGH Health Foundation. Learn more.

Charitable donations: Cash options

Cash gifts are the most direct way to support our community health programs. Gift levels include:

  • Friend: $1 to $99.
  • Member: $100 to $499.
  • Partner: $500 to $999.

Contributors with a cumulative giving level of $1,000 or more are recognized during a special Tree of Life dedication each year, and the names of these donors are engraved on the Tree of Life sculpture in our main lobby. Tree of Life gift levels include:

  • Leaf: $1,000 to $9,999.
  • Apple: $10,000 to $24,999.
  • Stone: $25,000 to $99,999.
  • Cardinal: $100,000 or more.

Consider donating in honor of or in memory of a friend or family member. To make charitable contributions like this, go to our secure online donations page and select an amount.

Estate planning: Another way to give

There are several ways your estate can benefit CGH. Bequests are the simplest option, and they can be established by specifying a dollar amount or a percentage of your estate in your will. You can specify which assets are to be gifted or designate the remainder of your estate to the CGH Health Foundation. A charitable remainder trust can also be set up in your will to provide income to a spouse, child or other individual.

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These forms of planned giving make a huge impact on our ability to do vital work. We recognize our planned gift philanthropists by engraving their names on the Legacy Circle commemorative plaque that hangs next to the Tree of Life in the CGH Lobby. If you have a planned charitable donation and your name is not on our plaque, please let us know. We may not be aware of your plans, and we'll want to honor your donation.

Click here to read our February Legacy Circle newsletter. To learn more about QCDs, please click The ABCs of QCDs, RMDs and IRAs.

If you haven't yet made a planned donation and you'd like more information on this giving option, download our Legacy Circle brochure.


Contact the CGH Health Foundation at 815.625.0400, ext. 5672, with any questions about naming CGH in a will or planned gift. We will work with your adviser to honor your wishes. We can also accept your gifts over the phone, or you can mail a check to the address below.