The Foundation, founded in 2002, provides financial resources to support the mission of the hospital in its commitment to caring for and enhancing the health and well being of the community it serves.
The Foundation is funded by contributions by people and businesses like you. These contributions benefit by:
- Providing modern, compassionate health care for local residents and visitors
- Continuing technological advancement with state-of-the-art medical equipment for diagnosis and treatment
- Including wellness programs, such as preventative care, health promotion and assessments and education
- Providing FREE Flu Shots to everyone asking for the immunization
- Protecting essential services to maintain and improve what is needed in a rapidly changing community landscape
We offer many tax-deductible giving options:
- Sustaining Membership
- Tree of Life
- Member Shares
- Endowment Fund
- Matching Gifts
- Insurance Policy
- Planned Giving
The Sustaining Membership Program is a convenient, powerful and enduring way to manage your financial support for Ely Health and Hospital Foundation.
It’s convenient. Ongoing monthly payments are automatically transferred from your bank or credit card account.
It’s powerful. Your contribution helps the Foundation identify and promote community health and wellness needs.
It’s enduring. Spreading your support over time is easier on your budget.
How to Participate
If you want to become a sustaining member please click here to fill out the Sustaining Membership form.
Contributions are tax deductible. The Ely Health and Hospital Foundation is a not for profit 501 (c)3 registered in the State of Minnesota.
Memorials are a meaningful way to express sympathy. When a memorial is given, the Foundation sends a card to the person/family in whose honor the gift was made. The amount of the gift is kept confidential. All donors receive a separate acknowledgment for their tax-deductible memorial.
To donate as a memorial, click the Donate button below. Be sure to enter the amount you wish to donate and any dedication information you’d like to include.
Tree of Life
The Tree of Life is a recognition tree located on the east corridor wall by the joint clinic/hospital main entrance. This beautiful reminder of the community’s generosity and commitment to the health care of its citizens and visitors is made up of many leaves, each of which is etched with the name of a contributor of $1,000 or more. Stones at the foot of the tree are etched with the name of the contributors who donated gifts of $25,000 or more.
To donate to the Tree of Life, click the button below. Be sure to enter the amount you wish to donate and any dedication information you’d like to include.
Since its inception in 1957, Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital has been owned by members, allowing individuals and businesses a say in hospital business through the election of board members. The same is true today, except members are now part of the Ely Health and Hospital Foundation. Each $100 share (the same price as in 1957) entitles the bearer one vote at the annual member meeting. To buy a membership, click the button below. Be sure to enter the number of memberships you wish to purchase @ $100 each.
The Ely Health and Hospital Endowment
The Endowment Fund is made up of gifts from donors whose loyal philanthropic support continues for years. These funds are invested and expenditures are made from the income while the principal remains intact. Endowment funds provide an opportunity to permanently honor and memorialize a donor’s generosity, creating a legacy that lives through the ages. Contact EBCH to request information about an endowment.
A corporate matching gift is a great way to leverage your donation to Ely-Bloomenson. Please contact your employer’s Human Resource Office to inquire about their matching gift policy and to obtain the necessary form to multiply your gift dollars. (Thrivent Financial joins our Ely Health and Hospital Foundation with Simply Giving.)
It is common to have a life insurance policy that may no longer be needed for its original purpose. Naming the Ely Health and Hospital Foundation as the owner and beneficiary of the policy provides you with an immediate tax deduction, and the value of the policy will be removed from your estate for probate purposes. Contact Jodi Martin, Community Benefit and Public Relations Coordinator, at 218-365-8739 to make the Health and Hospital Foundation a beneficiary.
The Foundation can help you with your personal financial or estate planning goals. Bequests, living trusts and gift annuities are just a few of the ways you can arrange for gifts to continue to help many in the future. Contact the Foundation about Planned Giving.
A Foundation representative will be happy to assist your attorney or financial advisor with tailoring a plan to meet your individual circumstances or giving preferences. Your gift is, of course, tax-deductible. Contact the Foundation today.
About the Foundation
Ely-Bloomenson was incorporated in 1957 with a mission to provide accessible, quality health care for Ely and the surrounding communities. Benefactors from all walks of life joined in the effort to build a nonprofit community hospital that would provide medical care delivered in a compassionate environment. Today, over half a century later, the Foundation continues to support the hospital that this community worked so diligently to build.
This year’s Ely Health and Hospital Foundation Board is comprised of President Sue Edgington, Vice President Blain “Butch” Diesslin, Secretary Kelly Klun, Treasurer Terry Soderberg, Director James Richards, Director Devon Luthens, Director Geoff Galaski, and non-voting members CEO John Fossum and CFO Scott Kellerman.
The Community Liaison Committee is a group of volunteers, approved by the Ely Health and Hospital Foundation Board, to act as the “fundraising arm” of the Foundation. Currently that committee is made up of Foundation Board Vice President Blain “Butch” Diesslin, Foundation Board Director Devon Luthens, Sheri Dochat, Patty Omerza, Jo Langan, Don Negley, Roberta Tauer and Sherry Wittrup, along with non-voting members; Chair Jodi Martin, CEO John Fossum, CFO Scott Kellerman and Administrative Assistant Shari Saw.
Foundation Community Contributions
The Foundation has also sponsored and collaborated to initiate numerous community endeavors, including:
- Medical Equipment to ISD #696
- File of Life Partner
- Thrivent Financial partnership for Simply Giving
- Free Flu shots community campaign
- Participation in Blueberry Arts and Harvest Moon Festivals
- Health awareness radio spots / newspaper articles
- Blood Drives
- Free sports screenings in Wellness Center
- Community Benefit Survey