The Mercy Health Foundation offers donors a meaningful way of helping fund the organization’s efforts to provide care to those in need through its Giving Store
“It’s been in place over two years, and it was a way for us to help people who want to contribute visualize what their donations would be going to,” says Nanette Bentley, director of public relations for Mercy Health
For Mercy Health, which is a nonprofit health system that does not turn any individual away—regardless of one’s ability to pay—donations are always needed.
For a $10 purchase at the online Giving Store, individuals can send “patient cheer
,” for example, in the form of a get-well card to someone who perhaps doesn’t receive many visitors.
There are also options to help fund things like prescription medicine gift cards and even art supplies for Mercy’s DaySTAE (
Success through Arts and Environment) program, which is designed to help individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia find improved ways to communicate.
“It helps to really improve the quality-of-life dimension, and it helps their family members as well—in that they see a change in their loved ones being more engaged,” Bentley says.
By providing various options to donors, Bentley says she hopes individuals will be more inclined to support Mercy’s efforts.
“If someone has a budget, for example, they might search by what their money could get them in that regard,” Bentley says. “Or people will do it perhaps in honor of a loved one—someone might want to support oncology, given the concerns of their loved ones, for example—so it’s highly personal.”
• Support Mercy Health by contributing at the Giving Store
• Contact Nanette Bentley
if you'd like to volunteer by playing piano for patients, for example, at one of Mercy's facilities.
• Like Mercy Health on Facebook
By Brittany York
Brittany York is a professor of English composition at the University of Cincinnati and a project manager for Charitable Words. She also edits the For Good section of SoapboxMedia.