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Swedish American Health Foundation

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Investing in Health, Hope & Community

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Investing in Health, Hope & Community

Ways to give.

Transform someone’s life today—give now.

Every dollar you donate is strategically invested in world-class facilities, cutting-edge technology, innovative services and personalized, remarkable care at UW Health in the Northern Illinois/Rockford region. Give generously today and help us continue to save lives and shape a healthier future for our region.

Questions about making a gift?

Please contact us at:

3 easy ways to give

All gifts, no matter the size, inspire remarkable care and innovative solutions that positively impact our community.


The easiest way to make a one-time or recurring gift.

By Mail

Send your check to:
SwedishAmerican Health Foundation
1415 E. State St., Suite 100
Rockford, IL 61104

Contact Us

If you have any questions about other giving options (stock, IRA, matching, donor-advised fund, legacy or other gifts) or want to learn more about the impact your gift will make, please contact us at:

(779) 696-2496

Your support matters.

Your generosity has the power to create a lasting impact beyond a lifetime. By considering us in your estate planning, you’re ensuring that the causes you care about continue to thrive long into the future.

Why leave a legacy?


Your legacy gift can transform lives, supporting vital programs and initiatives that make a difference.


It’s a timeless way to support causes close to your heart, ensuring your values live on.

Legacy of Generosity

Leave behind a legacy that reflects your compassion and commitment to positive change.

If you’ve included us in your estate plans, please let us know. We want to express our gratitude and ensure your wishes are honored.

Together, we can create a brighter tomorrow for generations to come. Thank you for considering us in your legacy planning.

Contact us today to discuss your legacy gift and share your intentions. Your generosity knows no bounds.

Types of gifts

Recurring gifts

Increase your impact - join our Monthly Giving Club

Empower lasting change with a recurring gift. A recurring gift is a simple and efficient way to ensure your ongoing support for SwedishAmerican Health Foundation. By setting up a recurring monthly, quarterly or annual gift, you are creating a sustained impact that transforms lives.

Tribute gifts

Pay tribute to a loved one, friend, classmate, co-worker or business.

A Tribute gift is a personal way to recognize an individual by dedicating a gift to SwedishAmerican Health Foundation in their name. Three ways a Tribute gift can be made are in honor, in memory and in celebration.

Gifts of gratitude

Honor your caregivers

Thank the people who went above and beyond with a donation in their name. If you would like to express how thankful you are for the care you received, you can show your appreciation with a Gift of Gratitude to recognize a nurse, doctor or other caregiver at UW Health in northern Illinois.

Matching gifts

Employer matching-gift programs can double or even triple your gift to SwedishAmerican Health Foundation.

Many companies offer a matching-gift program to their employees or, in some cases, family members of employees and/or retirees. Taking advantage of your employer’s matching-gift program allows you to double or triple your donation. Please check with your human resources department to see if your employer has a matching-gift program.

If you need assistance with a matching-gift claim form, please contact us at:

Donor-advised funds

Designate gifts from your donor-advised fund to our Foundation.

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is an account offered by a sponsoring organization (often a community foundation or fund manager) that accepts a donor’s gifts and then makes charitable donations according to the donor’s directions. While your gift to a DAF is immediately deductible for federal income-tax purposes, your distributions to charities can be parceled over time. There is no additional income-tax deduction when a distribution is made from the DAF because a deduction was obtained for the original transfer to the DAF.

To make a donation using your donor-advised fund, please make your grant recommendation for your donation to SwedishAmerican Health Foundation to your fund administrator. Please remember that donations from your DAF cannot have any benefit to you in return for the DAF gift. A letter will be sent to you from our Foundation acknowledging the donation you initiated through your DAF.

SwedishAmerican Health
Foundation Tax ID: 36-3097493 

Mail to:
SwedishAmerican Health Foundation
1415 E. State St., Suite 100
Rockford, IL, 61104

Securities and stock gifts

Gifts of appreciated stock provide multiple benefits.

Gifts of securities and stocks offer multiple benefits to donors. In addition to a charitable contribution tax deduction, you generally are able to avoid paying capital gains tax on the increase in the value of the assets.

If you have any questions about appreciated gifts of securities, please consult with a tax advisor or contact us at:

IRA gifts

Use your IRA to make a charitable gift commitment.

This popular gift option is commonly called the IRA charitable rollover, but you may also see it referred to as a qualified charitable distribution, or QCD for short.

If you are age 70½ or older, giving directly from your IRA is a simple way to contribute, and it can result in tax benefits even if you don’t itemize.

How It Works

If you are age 70½ or older, you can instruct your IRA administrator to make a qualified charitable distribution up to $100,000 to SwedishAmerican Health Foundation.

A check will be sent directly from your IRA to SwedishAmerican Health Foundation. Our Tax ID # is 36-3097493.



Is This the Right Gift for You?

To discuss making a bequest, please consult with a tax advisor or contact us at:


No. You must be 70½ by the date you make the gift.

Yes. Direct gifts to a qualified charity can be made only from an IRA. Under certain circumstances, however, you may be able to roll assets from a pension, profit sharing, thrift savings plan (TSP), 401(k), or 403(b) plan into an IRA and then make the transfer from the IRA directly to SwedishAmerican Health Foundation. To determine if a rollover to an IRA is available for your plan, speak with your plan administrator. 

Yes. Beginning in the year you turn 73, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your RMD. 

No. You can give any amount under this provision, as long as it is no more than $100,000 per year. If your IRA is valued at more than $100,000, you can transfer a portion of it to fund a charitable gift. 

We must receive your gift by Dec. 31 for your donation to qualify this year. If you have check-writing features on your IRA, please be aware that your check must clear your account by Dec. 31 to count toward your required minimum distribution for the calendar year. 

No. Under the law, you can give a maximum of $100,000 per year. For example, you can give each organization $50,000 this year or any other combination that totals $100,000 or less. Any amount of more than $100,000 in one year must be reported as taxable income.

If you have a spouse (as defined by the IRS) who is 70½ or older, they can also give any amount up to $100,000 from their IRA.

Yes. If you are 70½ or older, you may now make a one-time election for a qualified charitable distribution of up to $50,000 (without being taxed) from your IRA to fund a life-income gift. Some limitations apply, so contact us for more details and a personalized illustration at no obligation. 

By making a gift this year of any amount up to $100,000 from your IRA, you can see your philanthropic dollars at work. You are jump-starting the legacy you would like to leave and giving yourself the joy of watching your philanthropy take shape. Moreover, you can fulfill any outstanding pledge you may have made by transferring that amount from your IRA as long as it is $100,000 or less for the year. 

If you are at least 59½ years old, you can take a distribution and then make a gift from your IRA without penalty. If you itemize your deductions, you can take a charitable deduction for the amount of your gift. 

No matter your age, you can designate SwedishAmerican Health Foundation as the beneficiary of all or a percentage of your IRA and it will pass to us tax-free after your lifetime. It’s simple, just requiring that you contact your IRA administrator for a change-of-beneficiary form or download a form from your provider’s website. 

 Tip: Please let us know of your gift because retirement plan administrators have no obligation to notify a charity of your designation. The administrator also will not monitor whether your gift designations are followed.  

If you have any questions regarding qualified charitable distributions, please consult with a tax advisor or contact us at (779) 696-2496 or 

Bequests and wills

Secure an estate-tax charitable deduction for the value of your gift.

Through various types of bequests to SwedishAmerican Health Foundation (SAHF), you may secure an estate-tax charitable deduction for the value of your gift while providing much-needed support for our mission for years to come.

You may prefer to include in your will or trust a sum of money, a percentage of your estate, a specific asset, a work of art, or a piece of real estate that you wish to give to the SAHF.

Whatever form of bequest you choose, this gift would not be subject to federal estate taxes and therefore may significantly reduce the tax burden of the estate. The value of the bequest may be deducted when the taxable estate is determined, and there is no limit on the deduction amount.

To discuss making a bequest, please consult with a tax advisor or contact us at:

Retirement plan or life insurance gifts

When done properly, charitable donations of retirement assets can minimize the amount of income taxes imposed on both your individual heirs and your estate.

Your IRA, 401(k), 403(b) and/or life insurance plans are a great way to provide for your retirement. They can also be a golden opportunity to advance the values that have been most important to you in your life. For many people, this is the easiest and most effective way to make a meaningful charitable gift.

Just name SwedishAmerican Health Foundation, Tax ID 36-3097493, as your beneficiary.

You can also use a beneficiary designation with:

If you have any questions regarding retirement plan or life insurance gifts, please consult with a tax advisor or contact us at:

Life income gifts

Life income gifts can provide an income stream and significant tax savings.

Do you want to support SwedishAmerican Health Foundation but worry about having enough income for yourself and your loved ones? Life income gifts such as gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts can provide donors with an income stream, significant tax savings and the satisfaction of providing the Foundation with vital, long-term resources. The creation of a life income gift benefits both the giver and the receiver. It’s a “win-win” situation.

If you have any questions regarding life income gifts, please consult with a tax advisor or contact us at:

Real estate gifts

Gifts of real estate can provide necessary resources for SwedishAmerican Health Foundation.

Almost any type of real estate may be donated: undeveloped land, farms, commercial buildings, vacation homes or your residence.

If you are looking for way to meet your philanthropic goals by using non-liquid assets or if you’re looking for a way to downsize your real estate portfolio without incurring a large tax bill, real estate donations might be the solution for you. Donating real estate can allow you, as the owner, to receive charitable tax deductions based on the fair market value of your property.

If you have any questions regarding real estate gifts, please consult with a tax advisor or contact us at:

All donations made are processed and receipted by:

SwedishAmerican Health Foundation
1415 E. State St., Suite 100
Rockford, IL, 61104
EIN: 36-3097493.

SwedishAmerican Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your emailed or mailed donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.

The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor.