Charitable Trusts


Charitable trusts are another option for donors who wish to make a current or deferred gift but are concerned about retaining income from the asset. Charitable trusts can provide donors with regular cash payments, current charitable income tax deduction, avoidance or reduction of estate taxes and elimination of money-management concerns. Giving through such arrangements can be a meaningful way to blend your philanthropic goals with your personal financial and tax-planning needs. Charitable trusts are set up through an outside advisor such as through a trust department of a bank. Please let us know if St. John’s Hospital is a beneficiary of a trust agreement so we may thank you and recognize your gift appropriately.

Corporate/Foundation Gifts


If your company or foundation would like to contribute directly to St. John’s Hospital, please call our office at (217) 757-6555.



An endowment is an amount of money given to the HSHS St. John’s Foundation with the stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. A portion of the annual earnings is used to support programs within St. John’s Hospital. An endowment can be restricted to a specific department or unrestricted to be used for the greatest need. Named endowments are a gracious way to honor an individual loved one or a family name. A minimum of $10,000 is required to establish a named endowment. For more information on establishing an endowment, please call our office at (217) 757-6555.

Fine Art

Donate works of fine art to HSHS St. John's Hospital where they will be cared for, appreciated and make an impact in others' lives.

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*The information contained in this web site is for informational purposes. You should seek advice from your personal legal or tax advisor to determine your individual tax benefits.

Gift of Grain


Farmers in central Illinois can turn gifts of agricultural commodities such as corn, soybeans and wheat, into cash donations to support patients at HSHS St. John’s Hospital.

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Gifts Made Through a Will

Members of the St. John’s Legacy Society have arranged for a charitable bequest – a gift made from an estate, after death, or as a result of instructions outlined in a will. Bequests can be of a specific dollar amount, a specific asset or assets or for a percentage of an estate. If you choose to give a gift to St. John’s Hospital through your will, you can make your bequest available for our immediate use or you may restrict it to endowment. With endowment gifts, a portion of the investment earnings are used to fulfill the stated purpose of the gift. The proper way to list St. John’s Hospital in your estate is: HSHS St. John’s Foundation, a division of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, Inc., 800 E. Carpenter St., Springfield, IL 62769.

If you have or are planning on including St. John’s Hospital in your will, you are eligible to become a member of our St. John’s Legacy Society. Please call or write our office and let us know.

Memorial and Honor Gifts


Gifts of any size to St. John’s Hospital can be made in honor or in memory of someone. Donors make gifts to remember a loved one, to recognize a physician or another caregiver at the hospital or to celebrate a special occasion. If you wish to make a gift in memory or in honor of someone, please include the name of the person as well as the contact information (name and address) for any person who we can notify of your thoughtfulness.

Life Insurance


Sometimes people no longer need a life insurance policy they purchased when they were younger to protect a growing family and/or they have accumulated ample assets necessary to meet day-to-day financial demands. In this case, the cash value of a life insurance policy as a charitable gift may make sense. Donors may also establish new cash value policies on themselves and deduct the premiums as long as St. John’s Hospital is named owner and beneficiary of the policy. For more information on making a charitable gift through life insurance, please call our office at (217) 757-6555. 



Gifts of appreciated securities may offer you significant tax savings. For information on how to transfer securities to St. John’s Hospital, please call our office at (217) 757-6555.

Matching Gifts


Matching gifts occur when a company matches the charitable contribution of an employee to a nonprofit organization. If you (or your spouse) work for a matching gift company, your gift may be doubled, or even tripled. The matching gift procedure is very simple. The employee gets a matching gift form from their human resources department. After completing the form, the employee sends it along with his or her gift to the HSHS St. John’s Foundation. (You may also send in the form after you have made the gift.) St. John’s Hospital confirms on the form that it has received the gift and meets the company’s guidelines for receiving a matching gift. St. John’s Hospital then returns the form to the company. The company verifies eligibility of the employee and sends a check to the HSHS St. John’s Foundation. For more information, please call our office at (217) 757-6555.