A Budget-Friendly Way to Make a Difference
Rowans Choose Recurring Gift Option to Give to Foundation
While few currently make recurring gifts to the Mary Greeley Foundation, it is becoming a more popular option – and in response to donors like the Rowans, the Foundation has made giving in this way easier than ever.
By clicking a simple check box on the online donation page, donors can give in any amount monthly, quarterly or semiannually.
Learn more or set up your recurring gift
Melissa Rowan had little knowledge of the scope of services delivered by Mary Greeley Medical Center when she said “yes” to a friend who asked her to volunteer for the annual Hope Run for Hospice. A run/walk event coordinated by the Mary Greeley Auxiliary and Foundation for more than decade, it raised funds – and awareness – for hospice services.
She says her participation in the Hope Run was instrumental in opening her eyes to the important role Mary Greeley plays in serving the health and wellness needs of the region.
“We have been fortunate to not have needed really advanced services at the medical center,” Melissa says of she and husband, Pat. “My husband has had a couple surgeries and we’ve made a couple ER visits for little things, but we’ve never had anything out of the ordinary.”
The more Melissa learned, the more she wanted to serve.
“I was impressed with what I experienced at the Hope Run,” she continues. “As I became more interested and engaged in the medical center’s mission, I joined the Auxiliary. Through that service, I got a good look at how important the medical center is to this community.”
When her term on the Auxiliary board ended, Melissa was eager to find another way to serve. When a spot on the Foundation board opened, she jumped at the opportunity and is now in her second year as a volunteer board member.
“I started during COVID, and I am actually really grateful to have served during that time,” Melissa says. “It has shown me the impact the medical center has on this community. Being in the board meetings and being able to learn about the impact on patients has just helped me see the important role private support plays in serving patients.”
That perspective has made it an easy decision to support the medical center in more than simply a volunteer capacity.
In addition to volunteering, Melissa and Pat have been making a monthly financial gift for years, contributing to improve services ranging from metal health care and family services to programs designed specifically to support patients with cancer.
“I have a background in fundraising, so I know the importance of having gifts coming in on a regular basis,” says Melissa, who works at the Iowa State University Foundation. “That consistency from a donor is nice for the organization. For us, it is nice as well. It is in the budget, and we know it’s coming out. In the long run, we can give more because it comes out on a consistent basis, rather than being a one-time deal.”