Payment methods

Three ways to donate to the Adirondack Health Foundation:

  • Mail - Please make a check payable to:
    Adirondack Health Foundation
    P.O. Box 120
    Saranac Lake, NY 12983

You will promptly receive an acknowledgement of your gift for tax purposes, and your gift will be recognized in our annual report. Please inform us how you prefer to be recognized in our publications, for example: "Mr. and Mrs. James Smith" or "Sue and Jim Smith" or "Sue Jones and Jim Smith". Some contributors wish to be anonymous. If you inform us of this desire, your name will not appear in our annual report or other publications.

Types of gifts 

Annual Fund

Your gift to the Annual Fund provides funding for state-of-the-art equipment, renovations to departments and buildings, community health and wellness programs, patient care enhancement grants, scholarships for future healthcare providers and more.

Your generosity advances the mission of leading care for the Adirondack region.

Click here to view options for payment. Consider spreading your gift over 12 months by becoming a sustaining member. Please call the Foundation office to make arrangements for monthly installments using your credit or debit card.

When David Narreau had surgery at Adirondack Medical Center on his birthday, staff in the Ambulatory Surgical Unit celebrated following his procedure by giving him a muffin and a card as they sang “Happy Birthday" to him.

Gifts to honor outstanding care

Would you like to honor a particular caregiver who really made a difference to you or someone you love?

A gift to the Foundation may be directed to the caregivers program or department and Foundation staff will inform the honoree of your gift, although we will not specify the amount.

Click here to see options for payment.

Gifts in memory of a special person

Memorial gifts are a meaningful way to remember a loved one or friend. A charitable contribution in the name of someone who has passed away can have special meaning to both the family and the donor. You may designate your gift to a department or in honor of a special caregiver. Your gift will make an important difference in the lifesaving work at Adirondack Health.

In acknowledgement of your gift, a note is sent to the family of the person you wish to memorialize - informing them of the gift and the identity of the donor. The amount of the gift remains confidential.

To view options for payment, click here.

Restricted gifts

Patient Care Director Linda McClarigan, left, and Dr. Elizabeth Buck, right, present the 2012 Meghan E. Handler Excellence in Nursing award to Lisa Frechette, RN. The Meghan E. Handler Excellence in Nursing Award is an example of a fund established through restricted gifts.

Did one particular staff member, physician or department make your stay with us exceptional? If you would like to make a gift that will benefit a department or program, please let us know by making the request on the memo section of your check or noting your wish on the online form. Donor-restricted gifts are temporarily restricted until the department director uses it to enhance patient care or provide continuing education for caregivers. Foundation staff will inform the department director or physician of your gift and you will receive an acknowledgement of your gift for tax purposes. Your gift will be recognized in our annual report.

Permanently restricted, endowed funds may be named with a minimum contribution of $25,000. A gift to the endowment will be invested and interest eared will be used according the to the Foundation’s Investment Spending Policy. Endowed gifts offer the opportunity to continue your generosity for future generations and provide a stable future for Adirondack Health. Click here to learn about payment options.

Bequests and planned giving

A bequest in your will or a planned gift from your estate provides an opportunity to leave a legacy of your commitment to the health of our region. Gifts made as part of your estate plan allow Adirondack Health to improve health and save lives far into the future.

Unless otherwise specified by the donor, a planned gift will be added to Foundation investments and interest earned will be directed to annual programmatic support. In this manner, planned gifts continue to grow and support healthcare in the Adirondacks year after year.

If you're interested in any of the following kinds of giving, please call the Foundation office at 518-897-2370 to discuss your options. We' would love to speak with you and your financial advisor.

Bequest: A bequest in your will may be unrestricted (to be used where the need is greatest) or donor restricted (given to a particular program or department). Bequests may be funded through a gift of cash, real estate, securities, an IRA, life insurance or other property.

If you intend to specify a purpose for your bequest, we ask that you contact the Foundation office and speak to the executive director to discuss your wishes. 518-897-2348

Sample language for a bequest: "I hereby give the sum of $________ to the Adirondack Medical Center Foundation d.b.a. Adirondack Health Foundation, P.O. Box 120 Saranac Lake, NY 12983 EIN 16-1528554."

Gifts of stock: A gift of appreciated stock provides the donor an opportunity to support Adirondack Health while avoiding capital gains tax on the increased value of the stock. Stock gifts may be transacted by having your broker contact:

Timothy Gould, Charitable Asset Management
State Street Global Advisors
1 Iron Street
Boston, MA 02110

DTC Participant #0987  
For credit to Adirondack Medical Center Foundation, Account #52-044345
Account name: Adirondack Medical Center Foundation
The Foundation Tax ID number is: 16-1528554

For wire transfer:

State Street Bank and Trust Company, Boston, MA / ABA Routing #: 011-000-028
To a/c #5673-032-8 (reconcilement clearance) for a/c #52-044345

Please ask your broker to contact the Foundation office to alert us of a pending transaction. Your gift is greatly appreciated.

Please ask your broker to contact the Foundation office to alert us of a pending transaction.

Life insurance: A gift of a life insurance policy can be made by naming the Adirondack Medical Center Foundation as the beneficiary of the policy. If you have ongoing premium payments, they will qualify for a charitable deduction.

Real estate: A gift of real estate may relieve your estate of capital gains taxes and the difficulties of selling a property. Proceeds from the sale of the property benefit the Adirondack Medical Center Foundation.

Trusts and annuities: There are a variety of options in the form of trusts or annuities which may provide significant tax advantages to donors as well as an income stream for life.

Redfield Legacy Society: We welcome the opportunity to thank you for your anticipated planned gift and invite you to become a member of the Redfield Legacy Society.

If you are considering a gift from your estate, please contact your legal or financial adviser as there are many planned giving options that may assist you in maximizing your philanthropic intentions while minimizing your estate taxes.

Qualified charitable distribution from your IRA

If you are 70.5 years of age or older, you might consider giving a gift from your individual retirement account (IRA). A direct transfer of up to $100,000 to Adirondack Medical Center will not be counted as taxable income on your federal income tax return, while allowing you to support programs which are important to you. The gift will not be considered tax deductible, but since the gift moves from your IRA to Adirondack Medical Center directly, you avoid the possibility of paying income tax on the amount of the gift. Donors who are 72 years or older who are obligated to take a required minimum distribution may also find this option helpful if they wish to avoid taxable income.

IMPORTANT: The Adirondack Health Foundation is a supporting organization, so a donor who wishes to contribute to the annual fund using a distribution from an IRA will be asked to make the gift directly to Adirondack Medical Center. Please have the distribution check made out to "Adirondack Medical Center."

If you are using the IRA distribution as a campaign pledge payment there are additional instructions, so please contact the Foundation office.