Support VNSHS

The Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk relies on the generosity and financial support of donors to ensure that we are able to continue caring for patients regardless of income, illness or insurance.

Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk is a not-for-profit organization under IRS tax law and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

We gratefully accept many types of donations, as outlined below. Please call 631-261-7200 for more information.

Gifts of Cash

A gift of cash (by check or credit card) is the most direct and immediate way to offer support. Please note that as a not-for-profit organization, all gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Gifts can be made in honor or in memory of someone held dear.

To print a form to mail with your gift, please click here: Printable Gift Form

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Go to Network for Good, a convenient on-line donation service. You may designate your gift to support Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk general programs, Hospice, or the Hospice House. If this option is left blank, your gift will be designated to support Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk general programs. To make your donation using Network for Good, click here: Network for Good.

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Gifts of Stock

A stock gift can be very tax wise! Appreciated stock held long term (for one year or more) can be given to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, thus allowing you, the donor, to avoid long-term capital gains tax. The full fair market value of the stock is available to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk to support our mission. Not only do you avoid capital gains tax, but you are also entitled to a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value! Contact our Development Office for details on making a gift of stock.

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Gift Through Your Will

One reason donors make gifts through wills rather than during their lifetimes are to preserve assets for their own use and to maintain current control over the assets in case they want to change a bequest. For many donors, the most significant expression of their life values is made in the form of a charitable bequest in a will. Bequests can be made in the form of a specific gift of cash or property, or a percentage of an estate.

Friends who inform Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk of their plan for a bequest to benefit our agency are recognized through the Rose Society, To confirm your membership in the Rose Society, Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk will simply request that a copy of the page within your will, naming Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk a beneficiary, be submitted to us by your attorney with a cover letter confirming the information. This is to protect you, the donor, and Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, in the event your wishes are contested.

The language of a bequest in a will should be drafted by your legal advisor and can be easily included when drafting a will for the first time, or by adding a Codicil to an existing will. Below are versions of language for an unrestricted bequest that may serve as a useful starting point:

  • General Bequest: used if you intend to make an outright bequest of cash, securities, or other property by designating a specific dollar amount, a particular asset, or a fixed percentage of your estate to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk.

    I, ____________________________ of ________________________ bequeath to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, a not-for-profit corporation, 505 Main Street, Northport, New York, 11768, the sum of $______________ (or a description of a specific asset), for the benefit of Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk for its general purposes.

    I, ____________________________ of ________________________ bequeath to Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice of Suffolk, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, 505 Main Street, Northport, New York, 11768, ____% of my estate for the benefit of Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice of Suffolk, Inc. for its general purposes.

  • Residuary Bequest: used if you intend to leave the residue portion, or what remains in a donor’s estate, after other terms of the will have been satisfied:

    I,____________________________ of ________________________ bequeath all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate (or_________ percent of the residue), both real and personal, I give to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, a not-for-profit corporation, 505 Main Street, Northport, New York, 11768, for the benefit of Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk for its general purposes.

  • Contingency Bequest: is used if you wish to make a contingency gift, so that Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk will receive a portion of your estate if your named beneficiary does not survive you:

    I,____________________________ of ________________________ devise and bequeath the residue of the property, real and personal and whatever situated owned by me at my death, to (name of beneficiary), if (she/he) survives me. If (name of beneficiary) does not survive me, I devise and bequeath my residuary estate to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, a not-for-profit corporation, 505 Main Street, Northport, New York, 11768, for the benefit of Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk for its general purposes.

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Gifts of Real Estate

Consider a gift of real estate that has been held more than one year and has appreciated in value. Gifts of vacation homes, vacant land personal residences, cemetery plots, allow the donor to avoid capital gains tax, and a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the real estate. A qualified appraisal is required by the IRS to substantiate your income tax deduction.

You may also donate a personal residence and retain the right to live on and use the property for a term of years or the rest of you lifetime. This arrangement, knows as a retained life estate, allows you to deduct a portion of the fair market value on your income taxes and removes this asset from your taxable estate, thus reducing estate taxes.

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Gifts Through Life Insurance

Most people have life insurance coverage to meet the needs that we all can face. But life insurance is often overlooked as a way to make a substantial gift for a relatively modest annual premium.

Hospice as Beneficiary: A donor can name Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk as the primary beneficiary of a life insurance policy. The donor retains ownership of the policy, with access to the cash surrender value. At the donor’s death, the face value of the policy will be included in the donor’s gross estate. A donor can also name Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk as a secondary beneficiary to receive the proceeds should the primary beneficiary predecease the owner.

Hospice as Owner: A donor may receive more immediate tax benefits for an irrevocable assignment of proceeds or gift of a life insurance policy to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk. Upon the completion of the assignment or gift, the donor is permitted an immediate federal income-tax deduction for the lesser of either the policy’s fair-marked value, or the net premiums paid. In order to obtain an income-tax charitable deduction, the donor cannot retain any rights of the policy.

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Matching Gifts

You may double, or even triple you gift to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk by having your employer match your donation. Thousands of companies offer to match their employee’s charitable contributions. Some require forms to be completed by the employee. Most companies have guidelines that the non-profit organization and employee must meet before a donation can be matched. Your company’s Human Resources Department can give you more information about your employer’s program, as well as the proper forms to complete.

Mail your Matching Gift Form along with your contribution to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk. We will complete and return the form to your employer.

 

 

What sets VNSHS apart…
We are a 2013 HomeCare Elite Top Agency.

The HomeCare Elite is a compilation of the most successful Medicare Certified home health care providers in the U.S.  It recognizes the top 25 percent of agencies excelling in quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance.

We are CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Program) accredited.

Our re-hospitalization rate is consistently lower than the national average.

We have dual Medicare Certification for both Home Health Care and Hospice Care.

We maintain maximum staff continuity within a patient's treatment period and if a patient is re-admitted.

We provide home health aide care with our own employees hired directly.

We are a not-for-profit NYS charitable organization providing care regardless of ability to pay.

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