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The Sunset Legacy Foundation strengthens long-term Sunset organizational health and directly impacts future programming and service growth at Sunset. The stronger the Legacy Foundation is, the more it can assist in providing for Sunset residents and clients.
Honor the memory of a loved one with a gift in their name. Memorial donations allow those who have passed on to leave an everlasting gift and continue their support for any program here at Sunset Communities.
Resident Benevolence enables seniors who have run out of personal funds, through no fault of their own, to remain in their home at Sunset. This fund provides an immeasurable relief to seniors in need, allowing them to continue living in their community with security and peace of mind.
Through Meals at Home, Sunset Communities extends our Continuum of Care beyond our facilities. Through donors' generosity, volunteers deliver nourishing meals to community members in need—aiding in proper diet and nutrition.
The Mary O'Hara Scholarship encourages Sunset staff, currently pursuing a career in nursing, by contributing to the cost of Nursing School. Through these funds, we aid future nurses who support our mission and contribute to the development of licensed nurses on our staff.
Each year we host our Fall Gala, an evening of entertainment and fun to raise funds for our Resident Benevolence. With the support of attendees and donors, we can aid seniors in need of assistance with housing costs and keep seniors in their home. We provide them with peace of mind and security within a community that delivers a higher quality of care.
By pledging a donation or gift to this year’s Gala, you are supporting our mission. A mission to deliver a Continuum of Care specific to the needs of each resident. No matter how big or small, every donation is well-received and aids in the provision of quality services to senior adults in a spirit of Christian love.
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Understanding and providing care at the individual level is our mission at Sunset Communities. We take pride in our ability and effort to address the specific needs of each resident with passion and higher quality of care. Doing so would not be possible without the love and support of our local West Michigan community. The generosity of our donors has allowed our organization to grow and improve our staff, facilities, and equipment—but we’re not finished yet. We still need the support of our community to continue our growth and deliver a Continuum of Care for all of those in need.
Sunset Legacy Foundation
The Sunset Legacy Foundation is an extension of all programming needs and funds at Sunset Communities. This foundation reaches every aspect of our mission, aiding in the cost of training staff, renovating facilities, adding innovative equipment, and more. Any donation to this fund is a donation to our mission, a step towards providing a Continuum of Care for every senior in need.
While Sunset Communities values a strong relationship with area churches, we are not solely supported by any one church or denomination. It is only through the generosity of donors such as you that we can provide above and beyond what our budget allows.
As our journey of life comes to an end, we move on in hopes that our loved ones carry on our ideals and values into the future. Honorariums and memorial gifts allow for the family and friends of those who have passed on to do just that; to dedicate the memory of a loved one with a gift in their name.
Memorial donations can be gifted to a specific fund, illuminating the passions of the honoree. Each donation, no matter the size, is a significant contribution to Sunset Communities. Without the generosity of our donors, our efforts at each facility and throughout our community would not be possible.
Giving to Resident Benevolence
Life should never be a burden. Today, seniors are living longer than statistically anticipated, which is unquestionably a blessing. However, in some cases, a longer than expected life is causing stress and worry. A longer timeframe means that funds need be stretched further, which is hard for individuals with a fixed income. Such circumstances create a stressful situation where residents who can no longer afford facility costs could potentially lose their home. To combat these circumstances the Resident Benevolence fund was established.
Resident Benevolence enables seniors who have run out of personal funds, through no fault of their own, to remain and receive the care they need. Family members, home churches, staff, and community members are also asked to support this worthy cause. With the average age of fund recipients being 92, keeping their home would not be possible without the generosity of our donors.
Meals at Home
Sometimes we have to reach out to those in need of a helping hand. Our Meals at Home program is the transportation and delivery of proper nutrition and diet to those in need throughout our local community. Meals are prepped and cooked in our very own kitchen at Sunset Manor, with a health-first attitude.
A healthy diet delivers a variety of benefits like having more energy, less stress, and better sleep. Not to mention, a higher quality of life and health with regularly scheduled meals.
Mary O’Hara Scholarship
This scholarship supports Sunset Communities’ staff who are currently working towards a career as a nurse. However, recipients are not just Sunset staff members—they’re like-minded individuals who share our passion for delivering a higher quality of care to seniors. They’re dedicated workers who have recognized the growing need for licensed nurses within senior healthcare and are answering the call. Each recipient receives financial aid helping them cover the costs of nursing school, which would not be possible without the generosity of our donors.
This scholarship fund is organized and administrated in honor of Mary O’ Hara herself. Mary, a longtime nurse, was a resident at our very own Brookcrest Community until her homegoing. Being a strong supporter of encouraging young nurses, Mary’s memorial gifts were designated for the support of nursing students. Her act of generosity inspired the actions of others, thus creating the Mary O’ Scholarship; encouraging aspiring nurses to achieve excellence.
Ways to Give
You have several giving options available to you. You may choose a one-time gift or monthly support. Both are very much appreciated. Monthly support gives an added bonus in that it helps us better plan for what we are able to do. Some avenues may be more familiar than others, but all are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by the law, as Sunset is a charitable 501(c)3 organization.
Checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks – are very simple ways to give. They should be made payable to Sunset. Please note what you would like your gift to support.
Credit Cards – accepted in-house or by donating online.
Charitable Gift Annuities* – provide a way for you to give a gift and receive a dependable income for your lifetime.
- Minimum gift: $10,000; minimum age 65.
- Single and double life charitable gift annuities and deferred charitable gift annuities are available with interest rates over 9%.
Real estate – receive a deduction for the appraised market value, and avoid paying tax on your capital gains.
Marketable Securities, such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds – receive a charitable deduction for the full fair market value and avoid paying tax on any capital gains.
401K, 403B, and IRA accounts – maximize the value of your gift by avoiding income and estate taxes.
Vehicle Donations – if you no longer need a vehicle, donate it to us, and you’ll receive a tax credit for the amount your vehicle sells for.
Planned Gifts* – deliver gifts of support through:
- Financial Institution Account Beneficiary Designations
- Estate Plan Bequests (will or trust) Legal wording: “I give ________ (%, specific amount, or residue) to Sunset Legacy Foundation, a Michigan nonprofit corporation of 725 Baldwin St, Jenison, MI 49428 Once you include Sunset in your estate plan, we would be grateful that you share that information with us so we can thank you. Sunset is a member of the Barnabas Foundation & West Michigan Christian Foundation. They both provide estate planning services at no charge to our constituents. To learn more about their range of services, please click on their links. If you would like to speak with one of their representatives, we would be more than happy to help with those arrangements.
Call the Sunset Advancement Department at 616.457.2770 ext.1117 for more information.
*Denotes membership in Sunset’s Legacy Society.