Working their land in the meadows of the Oregon Coast Range along the Siletz River, Tim and Susan Miller (pictured in photo) are well aware of the inherent dangers of forestry and farming — and the importance of a nearby quality hospital for their emergency and routine health care needs.
That’s why the Millers have regularly donated to the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation for decades and have included the foundation in their estate plan.
“We just need to do all we can before we need it,” Tim said about their support of the Newport hospital, located a few miles southwest of their family farm.
One way to give is through estate planning, with donors directing how they want their gifts to be used. If they give to an endowment fund, the full amount of the gift is received by the foundation tax-free, the principal of the gift is preserved, and the earnings on the principal are used to fund the important projects of the Samaritan foundation chosen by the donor.
“Even though we won’t be around to utilize the hospital after we’ve passed, we still have family in the area that will be using the hospital and, quite frankly, we care about the community,” Tim said.
Tim has supported Pacific Communities Health District Foundation since 1992, by serving as a board trustee and through charitable giving. The Millers are members of Samaritan Health Services’ President’s Society in recognition of their ongoing lifetime contributions to Samaritan Foundations.
You can make an impact by joining a Samaritan giving society
In 2022, donors contributed more than $6.1 million to their local Samaritan‑affiliated hospital foundations in support of unique world‑class facilities, programming, cutting‑edge technology, healing and compassionate environments, and growing and developing health care professionals.
As a nonprofit organization, Samaritan Health Services relies on philanthropic support from the community to continue to provide exceptional health care to residents and visitors throughout the mid‑Willamette Valley and central Oregon Coast.
Generations of donors have helped ensure the highest quality care at Samaritan. To recognize the generosity of donors who support Samaritan’s mission of “building healthier communities together,” the Samaritan Foundations offer special recognition to donors in the following giving societies.
President’s Society: Honors those who give a minimum of $25,000 annually or $50,000 cumulatively over a lifetime.
Partners in Health Society: Honors those who give between $5,000 and $24,999 annually. Samaritan Society: Honors those who give $1,000 to $4,999 annually.
Legacy Society: Honors all those who have included one or more of the Samaritan Foundations in their estate plans.
PRIDE Partners: Recognizes corporate sponsors and donors who share Samarian’s PRIDE values of passion, respect, integrity, dedication and excellence.
Society members enjoy exclusive communications from Samaritan leadership and invitations to donor appreciation events and receptions.
Legacy Giving video
To learn more, watch Tim and Sue Miller in the Legacy Giving video.