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The Foundation at Bethany

We are called to serve. Love God and love your neighbor. Mark 12:30-31

Following a costly but necessary COVID-19 response this year, The Foundation at Bethany (TFAB) is more critical now than ever.  In partnership with you, our donor family, we are advancing our Belief that “We are Called to Serve” and that we collectively can do more by securing charitable support to enhance the lives of persons served by Bethany—at The Lodge at Bethany and The Cottages at Bethany.

Originally The Bethany Trust started as a way to perpetuate and express gratitude for a place like Bethany.  TFAB became the successor organization that endeavors to offer additional programs and services without placing undue burdens financially on Residents and their families.  TFAB is a 501(c)(3) organization that secures philanthropic support to enhance the quality of life for Residents and Families served by The Lodge at Bethany and/or The Cottages at Bethany.  [The Foundation at Bethany Tax ID:  58-248956]

WAYS TO BE GENEROUS

 

A. Appreciation in its Truest Form and most Direct:  The Christmas Fund

Each year during the Holiday Season from Thanksgiving to Christmas, TFAB receives gifts in the form of immediate cash donations from Residents and Families in honor of Staff members’ contributions and dedication to our Residents and their Families.  These have been consistently matched by the TFAB Board of Trustees and then distributed to the Staff Members during this annual Christmas Celebration.  During the Christmas Season 2019 and 2020, these cash donations and the match allowed TFAB to distribute an additional account each year of $________ and $________ respectively in “bonuses” to our Staff members as a sign of appreciation from our Residents and Board, recognition of well-deserved dedication and commitment to The Bethany Belief of being “Called to Serve.” 

 

B. Educational Scholarships

Residents, both current and former, and their Families often ask what they might do to honor those who unselfishly provide the person-centered, quality healthcare to Seniors for which Bethany has become known to give, in the distinctively different manner than other Communities of like.  To that end, two Staff Scholarship Programs have been established to recognize and say “thank you” to those Staff Members who are not only building longevity and thus long-term relationship with our Residents but also making daily impact on so many Residents on an individual basis.  Giving to either of these scholarship represents a way to go beyond the daily appreciation of a Resident and/or Family and makes a greater impact going forward for other Residents while benefitting the Staff members’ own life and work.  

  1. The Burt Price Scholarship: Named in honor of long-time Board Member Burt Price, the Price Family provided the seed money to establish a Scholarship in his honor and memory.  Mr. Price served the Board of Trustees honorably during his lifetime and until his death due to Alzheimer’s disease.  His legacy of service within the Primitive Baptist denomination and specifically on the Board of Trustees of Bethany provided inspirational leadership, thoughtful guidance, and willingness to help wherever and whenever needed, characteristics that now live on in the Scholarship recipients who have furthered their education and experience in senior care and specifically memory care for those served by The Lodge and The Cottages at Bethany. 
  2. The Nancy Alford Scholarship: Established by Nancy Alford’s Family in honor of “Mrs. Nancy,” a long-time educator in Georgia and South Carolina, was a Resident at The Lodge at Bethany from 01 September 2016 until her death on 01 February 2019.  The Scholarship is a living testament to a believer in life-long earning who led by example.  She was an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, loved solving word puzzles, and never shied away from new learning experiences.  It was in this spirit that she consistently encouraged her caregivers to pursue their dreams and further their education; therefore, this legacy of provision to grant the opportunity for Staff Members of The Lodge to rise to a level of self-improvement and career advancement. 

C. Building a Legacy Together: Stewards of the Second Century

2023 will mark a Century of Service by the Bethany organization to the Seniors of Southeast Georgia.  On the 4th of July 1923 in a wooded grove outside the City of Vidalia, a home was established for seven widows who had no home or family to care for them.  Elder R. H. Barwick of the Primitive Baptist Denomination saw a need and with the help of additional Trustees, a ministry called Faith Cottage was begun.  It was a simple act of obedience to the command of God “love God and love your neighbor” in accordance with James 1:27 “[t]o visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction” that set in motion an unprecedented history of service to others.  

Widows are mentioned 123 times in the Bible.  The original and current Board of Trustees of Bethany subscribes to the premise that this group of individuals were important to God in that he told us to make provision for those who cannot take care of themselves.  In this season of COVID-19 we have experienced exponentially more and more Seniors who have presented with more complex healthcare needs and that do not necessarily have the resources to be able to fully sustain the expenses associated with the provision of Assisted Living.

The Care Assurance Benevolent Care Grant Program is just one of the ways to address the Biblical call to “help the widows” when there are individuals who may outlive their resources through no fault of their own.  In this time of COVID-19, this need has become more important than ever and more prevalent than ever, and is expected to move to new heights in the coming years.  Sustaining the promise of benevolent care for generations to come is possible by becoming a member of the Stewards of the Second Century and donating resources to this cause.

METHODS OF GIVING

Immediate Gifts: It is easy to make a tax-deductible immediate donation to TFAB in one of these ways.  You can designate whether you want these funds for the support of The Christmas Fund or either of the two Educational Scholarships, the Burt Price Scholarship or the Nancy Alford Scholarship

Cash, check, PayPal

Electronic Fund Transfer/Recurring Gift

Stock Donation (helps save tax payment on appreciated stock in addition to the value of the stock at the time of the gift)

Annual Pledge

Employer Match Gift: Some supporters of TFAB actually work for companies (employers) who have an employee matching gift program where employees are encouraged to contribute to causes that they care most about by doubling the impact of their charitable donations to TFAB, which is likely to be an eligible nonprofit for such a match program.

Honor/Memorial Gift: So often, during the course of or after having cared for a family member who is or has been a Resident of Bethany, a gift in honor of or in memory of the Resident is especially fitting and appreciated. The Giving Tree, a physical tree with engraved leaves in the lobby of The Lodge recognizes such gifts and truly serves as a lasting memorial to the memory of the Resident and in honor of having served the Resident and/or Family.

Honor/Memorial Gift: So often, during the course of or after having cared for a family member who is or has been a Resident of Bethany, a gift in honor of or in memory of the Resident is especially fitting and appreciated. The Giving Tree, a physical tree with engraved leaves in the lobby of The Lodge recognizes such gifts and truly serves as a lasting memorial to the memory of the Resident and in honor of having served the Resident and/or Family.

IRA Mandatory Distribution: A qualified charitable distribution can satisfy all or part of the amount of a required minimum distribution from an IRA rather than taking the required income distribution as an otherwise taxable distribution by the individual.

Planned Giving: In an effort to celebrate and show gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon Bethany since 1923, in honor of the 100th Anniversary, and in order to recommit to the new focus by the provision of sustainability and financial support in accordance with the Beliefs, Vision & Invitation of Bethany, The Stewards of the Second Century Endowment has been established. Making a Planned gift to TFAB and become a founding Member of this program of TFAB can be accomplished in any of the following recommended methods:

Life Insurance Beneficiary

IRA Beneficiary

Charitable Bequest in a Last Will & Testament

Outright Cash Gift to the Permanently Restricted and Endowed Fund of TFAB known as the Stewards of the Second Century (defined a herein)

A New Focus:  Endowment as Stewards of The Second Century

In an effort to celebrate and show gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon Bethany since 1923, in honor of the 100th Anniversary, and in order to recommit to the new focus by the provision of sustainability and financial support in accordance with the Beliefs, Vision & Invitation of Bethany, The Stewards of the Second Century Endowment has been established as an endowment fund.  An endowment fund is a principal fund that donors build with annual support.  The principal is invested, and the income that is earned supports the charitable purpose carried out by the organization.  The Trustees of The Foundation at Bethany are committed to identify, process, and oversee the establishment and spending policies and to ensure that the donor intent is fulfilled for a specific purpose endowment in accordance with TFAB Gift Acceptance Policies.  (link)

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