Opportunities for Giving

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A large part of Deerfield’s mission is to provide physical and financial security for our residents. To that end, we are gratified that no resident has ever been asked to leave Deerfield for financial reasons. This is the primary purpose of our Residents Assistance Fund which is maintained to assist residents who might outlive their resources or suffer financial reversals. Deerfield is committed to providing continuing care for the lifetime of each resident. Through the ongoing ministry of the Residents Assistance Fund, those residents approaching the end of their lives are able to be cared for in the comfort of loving surroundings, free from anxiety about finances. Many parishioners and residents use the special Mother’s Day/Father’s Day offerings established in 1960 by the Episcopal Women of the Church as an opportunity to honor their parents through a gift to the Residents Assistance Fund.

The Residents Assistance Fund is only one of the many vehicles by which residents, residents’ families, and friends can give to Deerfield. We are a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation, which means that gifts to Deerfield can receive tax benefits. In addition to the Residents Assistance Fund, donors may make unrestricted gifts to Deerfield, which are used as determined at the discretion of the Board. Restricted gifts may be made to fund programs or capital improvements, such as the recent expansion and renovation, Aquatic Center, St. Giles Chapel, employee scholarships, the Aviary, programs or equipment to benefit the Health and Wellness Center, and others. Gifts may be made in honor of or in memory of.

Gifts may be made in many ways besides cash: securities, material items (such as furnishings, art work, automobiles), charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and others. There are other ways that many may overlook: gifts of clothing or household treasures donated to Sophie’s Boutique also benefit Deerfield, as all receipts from the sale of these items go to the Residents Assistance Fund.

Donors also have an opportunity to benefit the Residents Assistance Fund if they donate to the WNC Community Foundation. Deerfield has established an endowment within the Foundation to expand the methods of contributing for those who give regularly to the Foundation.

Giving from Deerfield

Deerfield’s Philosophy includes a commitment to serve as a resource and provider of service and talent to the community-at-large; therefore, we seek opportunities to assist our surrounding community in addition to those who live within Deerfield itself. The joy of living, as well as giving, is truly alive at Deerfield. Our community is actively involved in helping others; we receive some of our greatest satisfaction from giving back to the community around us.

We are justifiably proud of our residents’ personal commitments to public service and charitable contributions to the larger community. The residents of Deerfield have contributed to United Way, to local arts organizations, and to other outreach efforts including disaster relief efforts and Habitat for Humanity. Our residents also, often in quiet and selfless ways, continue to make major contributions to the local community through private donations and various volunteer efforts to local agencies. Their commitments to the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, College for Seniors, and the Meals on Wheels program are notable examples.

We donated space to the Council on Aging beneath St. Giles Chapel, constructed the offices at no charge to the Council, and provide resident volunteers for the Council’s day-to-day operations.

Deerfield residents drive Meals on Wheels routes on a daily basis.

Residents and staff work together every other year to help build a home for Habitat for Humanity; Deerfield residents are often found volunteering in the Habitat store.

Scholarships are provided by the St. Giles Chapel members for staff children to attend Camp Henry.

We provide meeting space and resources for the Episcopal Diocese of WNC.

Both residents and staff contribute annually to the local United Way, as well as the local Alzheimer’s Association. 

We provide meeting space and support for a Rotary International club.

We hold blood drives for the American Red Cross semi-annually.

We provide meeting space for several organizations throughout the greater WNC community.

Contact the Development Office at 828-274-1531, ext. 3206, or e-mail cgettinger@deerfieldwnc.org for further information.