Giving Societies

Legacy Society

legacy-society-200xThe Legacy Society was created by the Bethesda Foundation to recognize those individuals who have included Bethesda North Hospital, Hospice of Cincinnati, Fernside or the Bethesda School of Nursing Alumni Association in their estate plans. We are especially grateful to these individuals and their families. Members of the Legacy Society share a common bond of generosity that helps make a difference by supporting many programs and services well into the future. In addition, some forms of legacy giving may offer you significant tax savings, allowing you to maximize your gifts to your family members and loved ones while leaving a lasting legacy.

Society membership is automatically granted to those who include these entities in their estate plans through such means as a bequest, life insurance policy, trust, charitable gift annuity or other planned giving arrangement. Members are recognized at an annual Legacy Society event and on a permanent donor wall in the lobby of Bethesda North Hospital. They also receive a quarterly newsletter that provides useful information about estate planning.

Questions? Let Us Know

If you have any questions or want to learn more about giving strategies, please call Laura Kumler, Director of Development at (513) 865-5219. If you have included Bethesda North Hospital, Hospice of Cincinnati, Fernside or the Bethesda School of Nursing Alumni Association in your estate plans, please let us know so that you may be recognized as a member of the Legacy Society.

Lifetime Giving Societies

The Bethesda Foundation gratefully acknowledges the cumulative lifetime giving of our most generous friends through society membership.

Golder Society ($100,000 or more)

Dr. Christian Golder, an ordained Methodist Episcopal minister, and his sister Louise Golder, a Methodist Deaconess, founded the Bethesda Hospital and Deaconess Association in 1896. Trained in Europe's greatest deaconess institutions, the Golders and six German-speaking deaconesses combined compassion with the most advanced medical technology of the day.

S.R. Geiser MD Society ($50,000 - $99,000)

S.R. Geiser MD served as Bethesda's first chief of staff from 1898 to 1923. Noted as a brilliant diagnostician, Dr. Geiser's leadership contributed greatly toward building the reputation and character of Bethesda.

Daniel J. Davies MD Society ($25,000 to $49,999)

Daniel J. Davies MD delivered more than 10,000 babies during his career at Bethesda and foreshadowed Bethesda's reputation for quality care as Cincinnati's Birthplace.

Bethesdan Society ($10,000 - $24,999)

Established by the Bethesda Foundation in 1976 to recognize the generosity of special friends, this inaugural level recognizes sustained support of Bethesda. Society members help Bethesda combine state-of-the-art medical technology with the compassionate touch of healing hands.