About the Mercy Foundation
The Mercy Foundation was created as a charitable organization with the purpose of raising funds for the benefit of Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake, MN. Mercy serves nearly 12,000 households in the Moose Lake Community Hospital District, a geographic area that covers all of northern Pine and southern Carlton counties.
The Mercy Foundation is an exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our tax ID number is 41-1956174. Gifts made to The Foundation are tax deductible.
We encourage philanthropy to assist in funding services at Mercy Hospital and the district it serves.
We are the respected philanthropic leader ensuring local access to excellent health care.
Where we get our gifts
The Mercy Foundation began its fundraising efforts in August of 2000. To date, the Foundation has raised over $875,000 in monetary gifts through the generosity of its many friends and neighbors. In addition to annual and on-going gifts, many people make gifts to The Mercy Foundation in memory of a loved one, to celebrate a great happy occasion in their lives, or in tribute to another person.
In 2008, the family of Dr. & Mrs. Martin M. Munson created an endowment in honor of their parents. The Dr. Martin & Eleanor Munson Endowment is a restricted fund, dedicated to the needs of Mercy’s surgical program. The value of the fund is tied to the stock market. Most recently it was valued at over $21,000. The Dr. Martin & Eleanor Munson Endowment is managed on behalf of The Mercy Foundation by Mr. Paul M. Munson, MS.
In addition to the cash gifts and the interest and dividends earned on our investments, The Foundation has received over $81,000 in In-Kind donations over its ten year history. While we can’t put in-kind gifts in the bank, they have helped to raise the cash we can put there!
What we have done with your gifts
As The Mercy Foundation grows, so does its ability to make significant financial gifts and purchases for Mercy Hospital. Here’s an example of some of the good things many good people made possible:
The purchase of equipment and technologies that improve the quality of patient care and the safety of Mercy staff, such as the hydraulic-powered patient lift for Mercy’s ambulance, an automated wheel-chair washer, ceiling mounted lift systems, computer-aided laundry labeling and inventory system for Mercy’s laundry department and updated specialty equipment for Mercy’s Emergency Department.
Underwriting the training and equipment expenses associated with the creation of a new Incontinence Program and Venous Edema Program through the Physical Therapy Department as well as the expansion of Mercy’s Multidisciplinary Diabetes Education Program.
The purchase of furnishings and artwork for many areas throughout the facility: the Ford Family Waiting Room, The Birthing Center, Mercy’s Education Center, the Diagnostic Imaging Department and The Surgical Center.
The expansion of Mercy’s Health Professions Program for high school students and establishment of a Mercy HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) chapter for our Health Professions students.
Establishing Mercy Foundation Scholarships at Barnum, Cromwell, Moose Lake, and Willow River High Schools for students pursuing further education in any of the allied health fields ($1,000 per school per year).
Supporting Community Education needs with a start-up grant to Moose Lake’s LIFELine (Life Is For Everyone), a student-founded organization dedicated to raising suicide awareness and prevention first in the schools and then in the communities we serve.
Many needs—and many ways to meet them!
Like all gifts, gifts that come to The Mercy Foundation can come in many forms and sizes. In addition to the more traditional forms of cash or check, we are able to accept gifts via credit card, arrange periodic automatic withdrawals from a checking or savings account, help with wills and bequests and process transfers of stock and gifts of real property, to name a few. Our flexibility helps our donors help us! Let us know if we can be of help to you as you make plans for your legacy.
We’re busy, and our work never stops—and we like it that way! We consider it an honor to participate in this enrichment of services and to support Mercy’s guiding principle of "Caring for our community, one person at a time."
Please join us!
We’re here to help with your questions. Please contact Cindy Carlson, Foundation Director, at 218-485-5586 or via e-mail at email@example.com.