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Thanks to generous philanthropic support from donors like you, York Hospital can meet the ever-changing needs of our community day after day. Our compassionate physicians and staff offer the highest quality services, utilizing the most current technology and equipment. Because of you, York Hospital will be here when you, your loved ones, and your neighbors need us most. And for that, we are grateful.

York Hospital is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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Why donate

Your donation matters — helping York Hospital remain a pillar of care for the whole community.

State-of-the-art medical equipment

With your donations, we can purchase new state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

Improved patient experiences

Your gifts help us renovate our patient care areas to give our patients the best experience while receiving care at our hospital.

New programs, services, & community benefits

Your support helps us develop new programs and services to meet the ever-changing needs of our community.

Financial assistance for patients

Thanks to your gifts, our Patient Financial Assistance Program provides support to over 100 community members each year.

Caring for All Fund

Every contribution to the York Hospital Caring For All Fund stays in the community and provides critical support for our health system’s most current needs. Your donation to this fund will support strategic, mission-driven capital funding needs, expand programs and services, provide high-quality care to patients, purchase new equipment, maintain facilities, and invest in the latest technology.

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Special initiatives

Heart Cardiac Campaign

Leading with Heart Cardiac Campaign

When it comes to cardiology care, timely access is crucial. So, too, is our effort to build a state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for the region’s best cardiologists and their patients. With your generous gift, you can be part of our mission to continue providing world-class cardiology care within our community.

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Doctor and patient

Hancock Family Fund for Healthy Aging

This fund was established to pay tribute to Frank and Kay Hancock. The fund recognizes their leadership, community spirit, and community service — supporting programs and services that promote and benefit our community’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and overall health and well-being.

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Living Well Cancer Fund

This fund helps support programs for those who have been diagnosed with and are undergoing treatment for cancer at York Hospital, through services centering on the mind, body, and well-being. The programs focus on:

  • Financial help
  • Comfort, protection, and self-esteem
  • Celebration of life
  • Relaxation and stress reduction
  • Education, support, and information
  • Health and wellness
  • Enhancing strength and flexibility
  • Creativity and self-expression

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Tribute or memorial gift

Memorial and honorary gifts to York Hospital can be a meaningful way to recognize a special caregiver, honor the memory of a loved one, or mark a special occasion. If you would like to honor an individual, please include their name and address with your gift. If you’d like to invite friends and family to make a memorial contribution in lieu of flowers after a loved one has passed, please include the following language in the obituary:

“As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions in honor of <deceased loved one> may be made to York Hospital, 15 Hospital Drive, York, ME 03909. Attention: Hilary Leonhard, Office of Philanthropy.”

Should you need additional assistance, please email or call (207) 351-3430

Planned gifts

Your will or estate plan reflects your values and goals. Many people include charity as a part of their will or trust, believing that giving back to others makes our world a better place.

One of the easiest planned gifts to make is to leave a portion of your estate to an organization you care about. You can help York Hospital with a gift through your will or trust by naming the hospital as a beneficiary of an IRA, charitable gift annuity, life insurance policy, or other asset. A generous gift will cost you nothing during your lifetime. Still, a gift of just 1% of your total estate could significantly impact the future generations who come through our doors.

Listed below are several ways to make a planned gift. For more information, please contact Hilary Leonhard, Philanthropy Manager at or (207) 351-3430.

Planned gifts range in size from $1,000 to $1,000,000 or more.

Ways to give planned gifts

The simplest way to include York Hospital in a bequest is to ask your estate planning professional to add the following language to your will:

“I give to York Hospital, York, ME, ____percentage of my estate (or the sum of $____) for its general uses and purposes.”

Most retirement plan assets, such as IRAs and 401(k)s, are subject to taxation when passed to heirs — but up to 100% of your retirement plan assets can be transferred to York Hospital free of all taxes. To name us as the beneficiary, consult with your adviser, then instruct the plan administrator of your decision and complete a change of beneficiary form.

A charitable gift annuity is a contract between you and York Hospital where you make an initial donation and then receive a lifetime of payments in return. Upon making your donation, you can also take advantage of a charitable tax deduction.

Making an outright or partial gift of real estate is a great way to support York Hospital. You'll incur no tax liability on the transfer and get a tax deduction based on the property's fair market value.

If you're over 70 and a half and are taking a required minimum distribution from your IRA, you can direct all or part of that distribution to York Hospital (up to $100,000).

Have investments that have been appreciated? Consider gifting them to York Hospital to maximize your impact and tax benefit.

When you gift an investment that's appreciated, you get to deduct the fair market value of that security as a charitable gift — avoiding the capital gains tax of a sale. In other words, you'll make a more significant impact by donating the investment directly (instead of donating the cash earnings of a sale).

Have questions?

If you have any questions or need help setting up a donation, please reach out to our philanthropy team.

Hilary Leonhard
Philanthropy Manager
Phone: (207) 351-3430

Katie Sullivan
Philanthropy Associate
Phone: (207) 351-2086

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