Charitable donations to The Foundation at SFBH offer a tax benefit while helping the hospital upgrade programs, acquire new medical technology and continue community outreach. Here are some unique giving opportunities. For more information, call the Foundation office at 813-757-8478.
Area of Greatest Need
An unrestricted gift means that your donation will contribute directly to the hospital program that has the greatest need. Each year, the Foundation board of directors in partnership with the hospital determines where these funds will make the biggest difference.
A donation to a charitable organization is the perfect way to honor friends or family members. It can be in celebration of a birthday, anniversary or special occasion, or a memorial tribute in recognition of someone's life. A contribution of this type is a wonderful opportunity to publicly acknowledge and appreciate someone, while supporting important hospital programs.
Custom engraved pavers are a lasting, visible tribute that can serve as a legacy for future generations. At SFBH, hundreds of individuals, families and businesses are part of the hospital's history thanks to their donation of commemorative pavers for the Surgery Center walkway. Orders are accepted year round and installation takes place each fall. The pavers can be engraved with a name or message. Two sizes are available ($75 and $150).
Team Member Campaign
No one understands better than SFBH team members how important philanthropy is to the hospital. Each summer, team members are asked to contribute to the Foundation during the annual SFBH Team Member Giving Campaign. In the last decade, team members have contributed nearly $600,000. Donations are made by cash, credit card, payroll deduction and paid time off (PTO) hours. A volunteer campaign committee includes representatives from every hospital department.
End-of-the Year Giving
A gift during the holiday season brings end-of-the-year tax benefits for the donor and touches the lives of many current and future hospital patients. Your generosity allows the Foundation to provide vital financial support to the hospital. As you write your holiday list each year, we hope you will remember the hospital's mission to ensure that life-saving care is available at any time day or night, right here in the Greater Plant City community.
Hospitals must keep up with the demand for upgraded services and more modern facilities, especially as the community around them changes and grows. Often, a capital campaign is required to raise funds for important projects. At SFBH, generous contributions helped make the Jim and Ruby Jean Redman Emergency Center, the Pete Beaty Surgery Center and the Evelyn and Batista Madonia, Sr. Heart and Vascular Center a reality. Advance leadership gifts for both projects paved the way for a volunteer capital campaign committee to secure many gifts from local businesses and the community.
Certain levels of philanthropy warrant more visible recognition. Members of the prestigious Rowena Mays - M.E. Moody Keystone Circle receive several benefits: their name inscribed on a plaque in the hospital lobby, an invitation to a complimentary event in their honor and a special gift to commemorate their membership in the group. Membership is open to anyone who has contributed $1,000 or more to the hospital in the preceding calendar year, either through a single or multiple donations.
Wall of Honor
The Wall of Honor, located in the hospital lobby, recognizes donors who have reached yet another level of giving. These individuals have demonstrated an exceptional long-time commitment to philanthropy by contributing $2,500 or more since 1995, the year the Foundation was established. Their names are permanently listed on the Wall of Honor as a tribute to their generosity.
Ladies Night Out Series
Ladies Night Out gives women a chance to network, while learning valuable tips on everything from stress management to heart disease. Come to the hospital for an informative and upbeat evening that includes a light dinner, a drawing for door prizes and a guest speaker(s) on women's health. The popular program is sponsored by The Foundation, Sweetbay Supermarkets, Inc. and the hospital. It is free, but advance reservations are necessary because seating is limited. The event is held four times a year.
Patient Appreciation Program
When you or a loved one receives exceptional care, the best way to express your gratitude is through our Patient Appreciation Program. Patients, family members and friends can make a financial contribution to the hospital as a way of saying thank you. Charitable gifts ensure that SFBH continues to provide the kind of care the Greater Plant City community deserves.
SFBH Foundation-sponsored scholarships allow hospital team members and area students to further their education in nursing and allied health careers. The scholarships are given to deserving students in affiliation with the Hillsborough Education Foundation, Hillsborough Community College Foundation, St. Joseph's Hospitals and South Florida Baptist Hospital. Financial support is offered for tuition, books and other education-related expenses. Three different scholarships are offered:
- A $1,000 scholarship per term for qualified Hillsborough Community College nursing students who agree to work as an RN at SFBH for one year following graduation from nursing school.
- Three $1,000 scholarships for Greater Plant City area high school seniors who pursue a degree in health care.
- A $5,000 St. Joseph's Hospitals and South Florida Baptist Hospital nursing scholarship for qualified team members who have worked at the hospital for a minimum of one-year. The scholarship is renewable for one additional year.
South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation provides philanthropic support to South Florida Baptist Hospital. The foundation is a qualified charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, FEID#65-0598653 and is registered with the State of Florida, #SC-06069.