The HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital Breese Foundation is a division of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, Inc.

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Financial contributions are vital to the healing ministry of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital. The HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation was established to safeguard and support the mission of the Hospital and carry forward the values and traditions of the Hospital Sisters for future generations.

When you contribute to HSHS St. Joseph's Foundation, you are supporting an organization that provides leading-edge, compassionate care that benefits patients and their families through all stages of life.

For more information about HSHS St. Anthony's Foundation, please contact
Brandon Pitts

Why give to HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese?

As a non-profit hospital, we rely on generous contributions from people just like you to help us to achieve our mission. Whether it entails welcoming our youngest patients as they open their eyes to a new world, getting a new lease on life with a joint replacement or providing groundbreaking cancer treatment close to home, you can be assured that donations to the HSHS Joseph’s Foundation are making a difference.

Many positive investments in equipment and our facility are made possible through the generous donations of both the public and our own colleagues.

Any way it is measured – through annual giving, participation in events, honoring a caregiver or a loved one, or even making a planned gift for the future - giving to HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital matters. It matters to our patients, who benefit from expanded opportunities for healthcare excellence. It inspires our colleagues who utilize philanthropy to provide compassionate patient services. It engages the entire HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital community, who rely on a healthy philanthropic program to sustain and build the mission of the hospital.

You have the power to make a difference in the lives of so many by financially supporting HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital with a donation to the Foundation. Monetary contributions are welcome at any time.

Foundation leadership

  • Kimberly Wolter, Committee Chair
  • Deb Keilbach, Annual Giving Chair
  • Ann Schroeder
  • Anne Marie Toeben
  • Angie Becker
  • Barb Gerstner
  • Kim Luitjohan
  • Mark Rakers
  • Michelle McKinney
  • Ex-Officio Members
  • Aaron Puchbauer
  • David Garris

Ways to Give

Donate now with cash, check or credit card

Gifts may be made with cash or a check. Please make checks payable to HSHS St. Joseph's Foundation and mail to:
HSHS St. Joseph's Foundation
9515 Holy Cross Ln
Breese, IL 62230

HSHS St. Joseph's Foundation is happy to accept your American Express, Discover Card, Visa or Master Card. Please call our office at 618-526-5698 or click below for a secure donation page.

Charitable Trusts
Charitable trusts are another option for donors who wish to make a current or deferred gift to St. Joseph's Hospital but are concerned about retaining an 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. It is important that you let us know if St. Joseph's Hospital is a beneficiary of a trust agreement so we may thank you and recognize your gift appropriately.
Corporate and Foundation Gifts
If your company or foundation would like to contribute directly to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, please call our office at 618-526-5698.
An endowment is an amount of money that is given to St. Joseph's Foundation with a 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. Joseph'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. 
Gifts Made Through a Will
You may also arrange 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 the HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation 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 us in your estate is: HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation, a division of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, Inc., 9515 Holy Cross Lane, Breese, IL 62230.
Honor Your Caregiver with a Gift of Gratitude

St. Elizabeth’s caregivers make a difference every day. They offer a hand to hold, give a reassuring smile, go an extra step and share encouraging words. Simple gestures of kindness often mean the most to us. A gift of gratitude or a donation to HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital can be made in honor of a physician, nurse or staff member who made a difference in your care or that of a family member. Gifts to St. Elizabeth’s Foundation allow us to provide high quality compassionate care to our patients. Download this form and tell us how your caregiver made a difference and that you would like to recognize them with a donation in their honor. For more information on ways to give, contact St. Elizabeth’s Foundation at 618-234-2120, ext. 12446.

*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."

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 the HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation is named owner and beneficiary of the policy. 

New Option: Knights of Columbus Life Insurance
The Knights of Columbus, through the Niemeyer Insurance Agency in Breese, are offering an insurance product that allows individuals to give a maximum bequest (life insurance death benefit) for a relatively small amount of charitable contribution (the policy’s premiums). This can accomplish the charitable goals of the donor in an efficient, timely manner, upon the death of the insured person—outside of the probate process, and therefore not a matter of public record.

Generally, as long as the policy is owned by the HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation, the premiums for the policy are deductible from federal income taxes as charitable gifts (subject to limits of income). Since the charity is designated as the beneficiary, you’ll have the benefit of knowing that upon the insured’s death, the life insurance death benefit will be paid directly to HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. In addition to the comfort of working with a local agency, you’ll also have the confidence of knowing your charitable gift is maintained by an organization rated as a “World’s Most Ethical Company,” and is listed in the Fortune 1000. Additionally, the Knights of Columbus uses a set of criteria to screen all investments for compliance with Catholic principles.
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 their gift to St. Joseph's Foundation. (You may also send in the form after you have made the gift.) St. Joseph's Hospital confirms on the form that it has received the gift and meets the company’s guidelines for receiving a matching gift. St. Joseph's Hospital then returns the form to the company. The company verifies eligibility of the employee and sends a check to St. Joseph's Foundation. 
Memorial and Honor Gifts
Gifts of any size to St. Joseph'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 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.
Stocks & Securities
Gifts of appreciated securities may offer you significant tax savings. For information how to transfer securities to St. Joseph's Hospital, please call our office at 618-526-5698.

Tax ID: 37-1186514
Legal Name: Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, Inc.
d/b/a HSHS St. Joseph's Breese Foundation