Monsignor George Bornemann and the Sisters of St. Francis founded St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1873 to provide much-needed health care services to Berks County and beyond. Today, Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center is a well-established provider of award-winning health care services to our community.
Your financial support helps St. Joseph Medical Center:
- Enhance a wide range of health care programs and services
- Improve patient care
- Provide state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology
We are blessed by the spirit of giving exhibited by our benefactors. Your compassion and generosity have a profound and far-reaching impact on the lives of our patients and their families. We invite you to join us as we build on our tradition of innovation and legacy of care to address our community’s health care needs.
You may choose to make a single donation or pledge. Donations are accepted in several formats, including:
Gifts to the St. Joseph Medical Center Annual Fund allow us to provide opportunities that would not otherwise be available. Funding helps purchase state-of-the-art equipment, undertake critical new initiatives, expand patient care in many of our satellite locations and so much more.
The Annual Fund is made up of contributions from grateful patients and families, community members, physicians and staff. While the funds raised allow us to expand our services, the most significant outcome is the enhanced care that’s made available.
In Memory or Honor
Many occasions in life prompt us to give. Donations to St. Joseph Medical Center are a thoughtful way to commemorate an anniversary, birthday or special event of a loved one or friend. The Office of Development can help you include memorial gift information in obituaries.
When making your gift, please indicate the name of the person you wish to honor and provide a mailing address. We will send notification of your generous donation to the family of the individual memorialized or the person honored. The gift amount is not disclosed.
Designating Your Gift
When you donate in support of St. Joseph Medical Center, you may designate the purpose for which it can be used.
Many employers match their employees’ charitable contributions. This is an extremely effective way to maximize your donation. Check with your Human Resources office to see if your workplace offers a donation matching program.
The Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit corporation created to support the mission and specifically the services of St. Joseph Medical Center. Working collaboratively with the Penn State Health St. Joseph Board of Directors and its parent corporation, Penn State Health, the Foundation Board establishes programs and policies to achieve the fundraising objectives of the Development Office, which sustain the mission of St. Joseph Medical Center.
Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center hosts two signature events a year: the Golf Tournament and the Charity Ball. Both are longstanding traditions in Berks County that support the acquisition of new medical equipment, technology, and services that improve you and your family's health and wellness.
Since 1987, our annual Golf Tournament has raised more than $1.2 million in net proceeds. Participants enjoy a day of golf and camaraderie on a beautiful course.
The St. Joseph Medical Center Charity Ball has been one of Berks County’s premier philanthropic events since 1927. Over the years, millions of dollars have been raised for St. Joseph Medical Center through this elegant evening of dining, dancing and socializing.
Sponsor an Event
We invite you to join us by becoming a sponsor of one of our signature events. As a sponsor, you are helping St. Joseph Medical Center create a healthier community. Please join us in making Berks County a healthier place to live, work and play.
To learn how you can become involved, please contact:
Guardian Angel Program — Honoring Those Who Make a Difference
Whether it was a simple gesture or an extraordinary accomplishment, we hope that someone on our team made a difference by being your guardian angel. Guardian angels go above and beyond the call of duty. Through our Guardian Angel program, you can recognize your guardian angel and express your gratitude for that special St. Joseph Medical Center caregiver.
Your generosity helps us purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology to provide innovative, life-changing solutions to our patients. Your caregiver is given a Guardian Angel pin to commemorate their dedication to service.
Lights of Love Program
Join the Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation to embrace the Christmas spirit this holiday season. Sponsor a star or an ornament in honor or memory of a loved one or colleague.
- Ornaments for $10 donation per ornament
- Stars for $50 donation per star
Names will be listed in the Neag Lobby, St. Joseph Medical Center, during the holiday season. For each person you honor or memorialize, an acknowledgment letter will be sent to them or their family, informing them of your tribute.
Your gift will support the ongoing mission of the St. Joseph Medical Center Auxiliary, which provides funding to support programs and needed medical equipment throughout St. Joseph Medical Center.
Flags of Honor
Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center Auxiliary sponsors an annual U.S. Flag Tribute Program to recognize our loved ones’ military service. For each person you honor or memorialize, a small U.S. flag will be displayed from Memorial Day until mid-July in front of the main entrance of St. Joseph Medical Center’s Bern Campus.
Your loved one’s name will be listed on an Honor Roll in the Neag Lobby of St. Joseph Medical Center for the duration of each year’s program. The person you honor or memorialize, or their family, will receive an acknowledgment letter informing them of your tribute.
Ways to Give
Penn State Health St. Joseph welcomes your support. By making a gift, you can enhance your charitable and financial objectives and choose among a range of tax-deductible options to make a gift. To confirm that we received your gift and for tax purposes, we will send you a letter documenting the gift amount you gave so generously.
Wills, charitable gift annuities, life insurance policies, property and trusts are examples of planned giving that can extend your support of St. Joseph Medical Center for years to come. We will be happy to provide you with general information about incorporating a planned gift into your estate plan.
Stocks and Other Appreciated Assets
A gift of appreciated securities not only helps provide top-quality, compassionate medical care, it may also offer you a charitable income tax deduction and the avoidance of capital gains tax on your appreciation.
At St. Joseph Medical Center, we are blessed by the generosity of many individuals, corporations and foundations who share in our mission of healing and hope. Some donors choose to make unique gifts that go above and beyond traditional support. While these gifts vary in size, they often total more than $5,000 and may be committed and paid over more than one year. You can partner with us to fund one of our key service areas or help finance the projects that touch your heart.
An endowed gift is one in which the original principal is never spent, meaning the gift lasts forever. By generating a steady stream of income while leaving the principal untouched, endowment funds make it possible for St. Joseph Medical Center to respond to opportunities in patient care, the latest equipment and enhance facilities. Endowment funds may have a much larger impact over a long period of time than a gift that is spent all at once.
Frequently Asked Questions
Philanthropy is a vital source of funding for our mission. Income generated by the Medical Center doesn’t always cover the costs of the care we provide. Contributions provide life-saving medical equipment, improve patient care, and enhance a wide range of programs.
Since St. Joseph’s Hospital’s founding in 1873, the community has supported our mission. In 1882 the Sisters of St. Francis launched the first public fundraising campaign, going door to door soliciting money for an expansion of the Hospital. The community responded generously, by giving its time, talents and treasures, marking a tradition of public support to St. Joseph’s Hospital. That tradition continues today and we are blessed by the many partners who help us perpetuate our mission to heal the body, mind, and spirit. Philanthropy touches all aspects of our what we do at St. Joseph Medical Center.
Why give to Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center?
Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center welcomes your support. By making a gift, you can enhance your charitable and financial objectives and choose among a range of tax-deductible options to make a gift. To confirm that we receive your gift and for tax purposes, we will send you a letter documenting the gift amount.
May I give anonymously?
Yes. We honor requests for anonymity. Please contact us at 610-378-2477 or let us know in writing.
May I specify how I want St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation to use my gift?
Yes. You may specify your gift designation to one of our key service areas or to various initiatives currently in place at St. Joseph Medical Center. Our online giving page and downloadable donation form provide various designation options. To learn of other areas of support, please call us at 610-378-2477 and we will work to match your interests with our needs.
Is St. Joseph Medical Center a non-profit organization?
Yes. St. Joseph Medical Center and the Foundation are 501 (c)(3) charitable organizations. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. We are eligible to receive matching gifts from corporations and organizations that support healthcare.
How do I find out more about volunteering at St. Joseph Medical Center?
Many individuals wish to share their time and talents with St. Joseph Medical Center. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please see our Volunteers page or call Barb Moyer, Director of Volunteer Services at 610-378-2469.
How do I acknowledge/make a donation in honor of a staff member who went over and above the call of duty?
Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation Board
Gretchen Naso, Chair
Certified Valuation Analyst, RKL LLP
Scott R. Burky, Vice Chair
Managing Director, New Markets for the Lehigh Valley and Berks, The High Center
Joseph J. Frank, President
Penn State Health, Regional Hospital President, East Region
Kim Hippert-Eversgerd, Secretary
Vice President/Commercial Relationship Manager, Fulton Bank
Karen R. Arnold
Sheilah A. Borne
Associate Vice President of Government Health Relations, Penn State Health
Glenn S. Corbin, OD
President, Wyomissing Optometric Center
Chief Human Resource Officer, Giorgi Global Holdings
Attorney at Law, Georgeadis || Setley
Financial Advisor Associate, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
Mark C. Kunkle
President, Power Kunkle Benefits Consulting
Helen J. Najarian
International Student Admission Associate, Lancaster Country Day School
Partner – Advisory Services Group, Herbin + Company, Inc.
Timothy D. Romig
Executive Vice President, Managing Director and Market President – Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Customers Bank