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Giving to Phelps Health: What You Should Know


Published on November 17, 2020

What is the Phelps Health Foundation?

The Phelps Health Foundation, established in 1996, is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the Phelps Health mission to improve the health and wellness of people in our region. The Foundation provides for the healthcare needs of our community through fundraising and philanthropic support for the capital and progressive initiatives of Phelps Health.

What is a 501(c)(3) organization?

The term 501(c)(3) refers to a subsection of the United States Internal Revenue Code that lists the types of nonprofit organizations exempt from certain federal taxes.

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a charitable organization is one that has been established for one of the following purposes:

  • Religious
  • Charitable
  • Scientific
  • Educational
  • And more

Who makes up the Phelps Health Foundation?

The Phelps Health Foundation is made up of a group of dedicated community volunteers who serve as board members and direct the overall governance of the Phelps Health Foundation. Additionally, the Foundation has two directors and a staff that carry out the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Does the Phelps Health Foundation need my donation?

Yes. Donors provide additional capital to invest in healthcare in our community. Through donor funds, the Phelps Health Foundation has helped provide resources and equipment used to diagnose, treat and care for patients – from replacing necessities to investing in new technologies.

Where does my donation to the Phelps Health Foundation go?

Donations to the Phelps Health Foundation support the Mission Fund, available to every department within Phelps Health.

Donors also can ask how their funds are spent by requesting a Form 990 from any Foundation employee. Form 990 is an annual reporting return that certain federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS. It provides information on the filing organization's mission, programs and finances.

For more information about how to give to the Phelps Health Foundation, please call (573) 453-7143 or email