Giving Opportunities

Why Give to Valley View?
One of the foundational principles at Valley View is and has been, since its inception over 50 years ago, the idea that this institution exists as a mission to serve the elderly, the infirm, the indigent, and those who simply can no longer care for themselves.  Contributions to the Endowment Fund enable Valley View to serve that segment of the population of Big Valley and Mifflin County.  As time passes and governments develop more and more regulations and provide fewer and fewer dollars of support for the nursing home industry it becomes much more difficult and expensive to provide the care envisioned by the founders of Valley View.  As an example, Valley View provided $3.45 million in uncompensated care to our residents in Nursing and Personal Care during 2019.

  • Over 20% of the Personal Care residents at Valley View Terrace receive Benevolent Care
  • Over 60% of the Nursing Home residents at Valley View Haven are covered by Medical Assistance, which only covers approximately 80% of the cost of care

The act of philanthropy is a spiritual act... an act of love expressed for all of humanity. “Philanthropy” comes from two Greek words, the “love” of “man”. Valley View’s Endowment Fund was founded on this precept of love for others.

Investing in Others
An Endowment Fund gift is a gift that “keeps on giving”. The Endowment Fund provides a means for those with philanthropic intent to invest in and provide care for the future residents of Valley View. Endowment Fund earnings are used for resident care, while the fund’s principal remains intact.

Planning for the Future
The gap between the cost of providing care and what Medical Assistance payments provide, in nursing care, and Valley View benevolent assistance provides, in personal care, is expected to continue to grow. The Endowment Fund balance is currently greater than six million dollars. Continued growth of this fund, and the income that it provides, will help Valley View to meet its stated mission of serving the most vulnerable of our community in years to come.

Ways to Contribute
    • Gifts of Cash
    • Real Estate
    • Complex Assets
    • Gift Annuities
    • Appreciable Securities
    • Charitable Remainder Trust
    • Life Insurance
    • Charitable Gift Annuity
    • Charitable Bequests
    • Charitable Lead Trust
    • Living Trust
    • Motor Vehicles

Valley View Haven, DBA Valley View Retirement Community, is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization and contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Planned Giving Opportunities
In addition to direct giving, you can support us through planned giving.

Valley View and Everence* are working together to provide charitable services to help you explore a variety of planned giving options. Through gift planning, you can provide future support for us, while also giving you and your loved ones financial flexibility, potential tax benefits and even income for life.

For more information, contact Nicole Sarver, CEO at (717) 935-2105. You also may contact Nikki Shingle, Everence Director of Charitable Relations, at or (717) 653-6662.

Some planned giving options are as follows:

Through a bequest plan, you can designate Valley View as the beneficiary of assets by will, trust or other instrument.

Charitable gift annuities
A gift annuity is a great way to help Valley View while also securing your future, with guaranteed payments for life.**

Charitable remainder trusts
A charitable remainder trust is an ideal way to turn your assets (like real estate and securities) into a charitable gift without losing much of your capital gains to taxes – and support Valley View at the same time.

IRAs and tax-deferred accounts
If you have a tax-deferred account, such as a traditional IRA (individual retirement account), you can donate it to charity upon your death and help your estate avoid paying substantial taxes that may be due.

Farm commodities
Farmers can donate commodities like grain or livestock instead of cash to Valley View, while also reducing taxes.

Gifts of stock
You can turn your investments into cash without losing a large portion of your capital gains to taxes by donating all or a portion of your stock to Valley View.

Gifts of real estate
Giving a charitable gift of real estate is an option for owners of farmland, commercial or residential rental property, or vacant investment land.

Life insurance
Life insurance is a practical and affordable way to donate more than you may have thought possible.

*Everence charitable services are administered by Mennonite Foundation (an affiliate of Everence) and Everence  Trust Company.

**Gift annuity payments are dependent on the financial ability of the issuing entity to pay.

This information should be used only for preliminary guidance. Donors should consult their financial advisors, attorneys and accountants.