Mercy Community Giving Program
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Program Guidelines for Funding Consideration
Mercy is a not-for-profit healthcare system including Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Mercy St. Charles Hospital, Mercy St. Anne Hospital, Mercy Children's Hospital, Mercy Tiffin Hospital, Mercy Willard Hospital and Mercy Defiance Hospital.
Mercy has a long-standing history of providing philanthropic support for projects and programs that benefit the communities it serves.
Mercy provides substantial uncompensated medical care as well as community support through its education and research initiatives. The ability to deliver financial support to community organizations is directly related to Mercy's operating performance and mission focus.
For your convenience, Mercy has developed this guide for submitting requests for support or sponsorship. The information is designed to help you determine the compatibility of your organization's funding request with Mercy's mission, vision and core values
Mercy's Goals for Community Giving are:
- To work with our community partners to address those issues that we, as a healthcare provider, can best impact including wellness, quality of life and environment.
- To invest in our community to improve the quality of life for current and future residents.
- Support programs that uphold Mercy's mission.
Mercy employees are encouraged to volunteer and assist our community partners in ways that bring measurable benefits. Our employees may be available to provide leadership on a board, donate time, energy and skills to a project, or assist in other ways.
How Proposed Projects are Selected for Funding
Generally, we will support:
Note: Mercy's contributions are awarded on a year-by-year basis to meet changing community needs and to address new challenges. Therefore, our support of worthy causes or activities during one year does not necessarily guarantee continued or future funding.
- Projects that are consistent with the mission and values of Mercy.
- Projects that will impact or help improve the health status of the community.
- Projects that support healthcare agencies which provide the community with education, health and research assistance.
- Projects that support the under-served and poor of the community.
- Projects that help children, adults and families learn important life skills needed to be successful as students, parents, employees and employers, community citizens and leaders.
Mercy Does Not Provide Funding for the Following:
Note: Mercy does not discriminate based upon creed, color, national origin, religion or gender.
- High School after-prom donations
- Fraternities and Sororities
- Individual scholarships and fellowships
- School-based sports teams, individual scout troops and smaller group activities
- Organizations based outside the Mercy service area
- Pageants or field trips
Guidelines for the Submission of a Sponsorship or Community Support/In-Kind Request
To insure equitable and timely distribution of funds for all requests and to make sure that each request granted supports the Mercy mission (this includes any requests for financial contribution, in-kind postage, printing and design, food contributions, volunteers, health screenings, first aid services, incentive items, etc.), the following guidelines must be followed:
All requests for sponsorship/support must be directed to the Marketing & Communications Department at Mercy.
Marketing & Communications Dept.
Attn: Tara Linker
2409 Cherry St., Suite 305
Toledo, OH 43608
- All requests must be in writing - no verbal request will be honored - no exceptions.
- All written requests must be accompanied by a completed Mercy Sponsorship Questionnaire Form - you can download the questionnaire here.
- For in-kind printing requests, please review the Mercy In-Kind Printing/Design Request Guidelines. After reviewing, please submit a completed Mercy In-Kind Printing/Design Request Form.
- All requests must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the date of project/sponsorship taking place. Requests that do not meet the 90-day deadline will not be considered.
- Mercy's Sponsorship Review Committee will consider qualified requests and will respond accordingly.
- All accepted sponsorships will be paid as follows:
- 50 percent - after negotiations and contract finalization
- 50 percent - after completion of project/sponsorship
- In order to support as many community organizations as possible, Mercy will limit the support provided to a maximum of one request per organization unless otherwise specified by the Sponsorship Review Committee.
- All in-kind requests for services, i.e. health screenings and printing, will be assigned a monetary value and considered part of Mercy's contribution to an organization.
Suggested Proposal Format
The following information is required:
A brief overview of the sponsorship or support opportunity
- Today's date
- Organization's name and address
- Contact person
- Phone, fax and email address
- Organization's tax ID number
should be included, outlining its significance to the community and Mercy. The overview should include:
- Date of the event
- History of the event or project
- Purpose and goals of the project
- Other community organizations involved
- Geographic areas served
- Proposed activities
- Number of people served or participating
- Expected effects/outcomes of the proposed project
- How will the success/failures of the project be evaluated?
- Benefits of project to Mercy
- Expected costs of project
- Amount of request
- Beginning and ending dates of the project or period for which funds are sought
- A brief description of your organization and/or annual report