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FMDH Foundation

The FMDH Foundation is an independent, non-profit charitable organization that was incorporated in 1982. It is governed by a dedicated board of directors while its day-to-day administration is managed by the Foundation Director. The Foundation is an integral part of the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and the community, helping to provide the latest technology, medical equipment, and training for FMDH, better medical equipment for community organizations, and scholarships to Valley County graduates studying in a medical field. At some point, all of us will come into contact with an item the FMDH Foundation was able to purchase because of the wonderful support of our donors. We have given over $2.2 million to Valley County in medical needs.

The Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital (FMDH) Foundation is separate from the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, but it is an integral part of FMDH, as quality health care links the Foundation with the Hospital, and ultimately, the community. The Mission of the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Foundation is to provide financial support to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and other medically needed projects in Valley County, ensuring that the medical services provided are of the highest quality. The FMDH Foundation is a vigorous component of today’s medical community in Northeast Montana.

How the FMDH Foundation Helps the Community

Since 1986, FMDH have awarded more than $300,000 in college scholarships. Thanks to our donors’ unwavering support, these scholarships continue to help those who could not otherwise afford to pursue their dream of earning a medical degree.

In July 2020, our Foundation received a donation of $50,000 to establish the Richard Winderl Scholarship. The Foundation also gifted a lift chair to Milk River Inc., Simply Go Unit to Home Oxygen, Infusion Chair, 2 EKG for FMDH, Binder Lifts for EMS, Newborn Tub for the Nursery, and Infusion Pumps for Stat Air.

Our annual Tree of Life raised more than $10,000 and through those funds, we were able to donate $3,000 to our 4 ambulance services. Even though 2020 was a challenging year for many of us personally, the Foundation had a good year and continues to devote itself to helping your loved ones. Thank you all for supporting the Foundation and its mission to provide financial support to FMDH and other medically needed projects in Valley County, ensuring that the medical services provided are of the highest quality.

FMDH Foundation FAQ

Who benefits from gifts to the FMDH Foundation?

Your generosity benefits your community – family, friends, and neighbors – in various ways. Equipment gifted by the FMDH Foundation enhances patient care in all areas of the hospital as well as other community organizations.

All of this equipment, purchased with FMDH Foundation funds, benefit people of all ages in many different ways:

  • Surgeons can see more clearly under new surgery lights
  • New mammography equipment detects breast cancer in its earliest stages
  • The pulse oximeter shows blood oxygen levels without drawing blood with a needle
  • The fetal heart monitor tracks a baby’s heartbeat through labor and delivery

How can I honor and remember friends and loved ones?

Many gifts to the FMDH Foundation are designated as a remembrance, such as memorial gifts to remember a friend or loved one who has passed away. For special events, many give honorary gifts to commemorate a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion.

The FMDH Foundation acknowledges donations in two steps:

  1. A card is sent to the honoree or the family of the deceased telling them about the gift (the gift amount is not disclosed).
  2. The donor(s) receive a thank you letter and receipt.

How do I become a member of the FMDH Foundation?

Each person who makes a contribution is automatically a member. Donations are cumulative, and once the sum of $1,000 has been given, a donor becomes a voting member.

Honorable donors are recognized on the FMDH Foundation’s Corral of Compassion. The wall depicts a pioneer town with a Wagon Train Wall of Honor. The Corral of Compassion lists the names of donors whose contributions total a minimum of $5,000. The corral joins the pioneer wagons ambling down the hall, naming donors who have contributed a minimum of $10,000. Donors who have given $25,000 have a street named in their honor and donors of $50,000 are honored with their own building. The Corral of Compassion can be seen in the Glasgow Clinic hallway.

How are FMDH Foundation funds managed?

Representatives from across Valley County serve on the FMDH Foundation’s 9-member Board of Directors. This Board sets the FMDH Foundation’s goals and are responsible for investing the Endowment of the Foundation to achieve maximum of growth. The Board also works with organizations requesting support and decides the disbursement of gifts. Board members may serve two, three year terms.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact the FMDH Foundation Office at (406) 228-3556 or any Board Member.

How are donations used?

All donations are deposited into an Endowment Fund, unless specified otherwise, where they earn interest and dividends. The Endowment account is never spent, which guarantees that these funds will be available for future generations. As the Endowment builds, the yield of interest and dividends increase, which is deposited to the Gift Account. Funds in the Gift Account support administration costs of the FMDH Foundation and gifting opportunities for FMDH and the Valley County community.

Tree of Life – Help Us Light the Way

When you give to support FMDH Foundation trusts or endowments, your gift is preserved in perpetuity ensuring that it will thrive and continue to grow, impacting the lives of future generations.

Your original gift is invested and only the interest and dividends are used to support the Foundation’s giving. These choices include:

  • General Endowment: These funds allow the Foundation to purchase much-needed medical equipment for FMDH and other community organizations. We have purchased EKG machines for FMDH, bladder scanner for Valley View, Game Ready Systems for Hinsdale and GHS, and exercise equipment for Nashua Senior Center. Funds are invested and only the interest and dividends are used to purchase medical projects for FMDH and other community organizations. Click here to donate to the General Endowment or Scholarships fund.
  • Markle’s Ambulance Fund: This trust helps support ambulance services in Glasgow, Hinsdale, Ophiem, and Lustre and was set up in 1989 in memory of Tom & Florence Markle. This fund started with $20,000 and is now over $220,000.
  • Scholarships Fund: The Foundation gives out scholarships to second-year college students who have graduated from a Valley County high school. These funds have been set up in memory of loved ones that want to help local area students pursue their medical dreams. Many of the memorials have been made by families of employees that believe in the future of FMDH.
  • Mammography Fund: This fund was established to help purchase a 3-D digital mammography machine in 2012. It was started in 2010, when the Foundation pledged to help the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital raise the funds necessary to purchase a Hologic digital tomography machine. This new technology allows the FMDH Radiologist to view breasts in a 3-D image, thereby allowing improved identification of potentially cancerous areas. We reached our goal at the end of 2012 and the digital machine is now serving FMDH patients. We will continue to have this fund to help with future expenses and make sure our patients receive top of the line care.
Are gifts to the Foundation tax deductible?

Yes! Contributions to the FMDH Foundation are tax deductible because the foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Foundation staff will ensure that you receive proper receipts to use with your tax records as well as a year-end statement.

Please contact the FMDH Foundation Coordinator by email at taylor.zerbe@fmdh.org or by calling (406) 228-3556 with any questions.
Donations can be sent to FMDH Foundation, 621 3rd Street South, Glasgow, MT 59230.