Fund Raising Opportunities

Memorial Donations

image of the Memorial cardMany supporters assist St. Joseph’s

Center by using the Memorial cards

provided by the Center. Memorial cards

offer the donor the opportunity to express

condolences and, at the same time,

provide support for St. Joseph’s mission.


Click on the donate link below to obtain a card or to have one mailed to the family/individual.

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Special Day or Thinking of You cardsSupport image

Special Day cards provide the opportunity for
donors to extend greetings on such occasions as a birthday or anniversary. Thinking of You cards allow donors the opportunity to let a friend or loved one know they are in their prayers and the prayers of the Sisters at the Center.

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Fundraising Intro




St. Joseph’s Center is a place that is doubly blessed: blessed because of those it has been privileged to serve during its over 130 year history and blessed because of those, who for all this time, have been willing to share their good fortune in support of all that St. Joseph’s has endeavored to do.

If it were not for those generous people, it could be reasonably questioned whether St. Joseph’s Center might have ceased to exist. St. Joseph’s still depends on the generosity of the community to help it provide loving care and active treatment to some of God’s most special people.

To donate to St. Joseph’s Center you can click on the links on this page to make a gift online.  If you prefer you can send a check to: St. Joseph’s Center Foundation, 2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509. When making a Memorial, Special Day or Thinking of You donation, please note on the check the intention of the gift and if you would like a card sent to you or directly to the family/individual. Please include the complete address of the family/individual. If you have any questions please call 570-963-1260 (8 am to 4 pm—Monday through Friday).

Caring Tree of Life

Many individuals choose St. Joseph’s Center to make a tribute gift. These contributions are usually made in memory of a family member or friend, in honor of an individual, or in recognition of a special event.

The Center’s Caring Tree of Life is located in the lobby of St. Joseph’s Weinberg Therapy Building. Cast of solid bronze on an acrylic background with gold leaves, the Tree offers donors the opportunity to publicly recognize a person. Up to five lines can be engraved on each leaf, depending on the total number of letters.

For more information on the Tree, donors should call the Center’s Development Office at 570-963-1260.



Sustaining Fund

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St. Joseph's is seeking caring individuals, businesses and corporations that can further secure the financial resources that will reduce the impact of budget cuts. Increased charitable support will also aid St. Joseph's to meet new needs as they develop and to expand current programs into new service areas. The well being of those served and those still waiting for assistance from St. Joseph's Center are vital and dependent on your generosity.

We welcome you to join the ranks of those, who for over 125 years have enabled St. Joseph's to remain a beacon of hope to so many. Please support our sustaining drive.

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General Donation

Most donors prefer to make their gift unrestricted support imageso that St. Joseph’s Center can use it where it is most needed. Cash gifts are deductible for federal income tax purposes up to a limit of 50 percent of your adjusted gross income with a five-year carryover allowed for any excess deductions. Please call 570-963-1260

* Check with your Human Resources Department to see if your company matches gifts.
* Get a matching gift form from your Human Resources Department and follow the directions.
* Send your completed form to St. Joseph's Center Foundation Development Office.

A company matching gift program matches its employees' donations. In effect, this increases your contribution to St. Joseph's Center at no extra cost to you!
Not sure if your company participates? It's easy to find out, check with your Human Resources Department. In many cases, companies not only match gifts by employees, they also match gifts made by spouses, retirees and board members. Please check with your Human Resources Department today.

Gregory Mervine Memorial Fund

Support imageConnie Mervine and the late Forrest, created this special fund in 2002 as a memorial to their son Gregg, who died at the age of 35. Donations to this fund will be used to support the operations of St. Joseph’s Center’s Mother/Infant Program.

Donations to the fund can be made by simply noting that the donation should be credited to the Gregory Mervine Memorial Fund if sending in a donation.

For more information:
St. Joseph's Center Foundation
570-963-1260; 800-786-6346

Additional Opportunities to Help

Life Insurance

Do you have life insurance policies that are no longer needed? You may either donate the life insurance policy to St. Joseph’s Center or name us the beneficiary. For the gift of a paid-up policy, you will be entitled to an income tax deduction equal to the lesser of the cash value of the policy or the total premiums paid. To qualify for the federal charitable contribution deduction on a gift of an existing policy, you must transfer ownership of the policy from yourself to St. Joseph’s Center, which will also become the beneficiary.

If you continue to pay premiums on a policy St. Joseph’s owns, you may deduct the premium payments.

Gifts of Securities

Many donors find it very advantageous to contribute assets of appreciated securities (stock), as opposed to cash, in order to benefit from existing tax laws. If you itemize, you are entitled to a charitable income tax deduction for the full value of your gift, provided that the securities have been owned for more than 12 months. Contributions of appreciated securities directly to St. Joseph’s Center allow the donor to avoid paying the capital gains tax, which would be due if the securities were simply sold.

If you have stock losses, you should sell the stock yourself to realize the loss and take the deduction for tax purposes. Then you could generate a charitable contribution by donating the cash proceeds of the sale to St. Joseph’s Center.

Prior to the transfer, it is advisable to inform the Center’s Development Department of the number of shares and the name of the company whose stock is being transferred, plus the name and the telephone number of the broker.

Gifts Through Bequests In Your Will

Each year St. Joseph’s Center is the honored beneficiary of bequests made by friends of the Center. Each bequest, whether large or small, has an impact on St. Joseph’s well beyond the time the gift is made. Through a general bequest, friends of St. Joseph’s may bequeath a stated sum of cash or securities. However, gifts of real estate, such as a home, may also be left to the Center. With a contingent bequest, you can name St. Joseph’s as the recipient of your estate only if others named in your will are not living at the time of your death. With a residuary bequest, you direct that the Center receive all or part of your estate after other specific bequests and expenses related to settlement of your estate have been paid.

When considering a bequest, St. Joseph’s Center strongly suggests you consult with your attorney as well as with St. Joseph’s Development Department.

Second Century Endowment Fund

Several years ago St. Joseph’s Center Foundation announced a region-wide effort to raise $4 million to create an endowment fund for St. Joseph’s Center. This marked only the second time in the Center’s history that a large public appeal for support was undertaken. All donations received through this effort are placed in the endowment fund and managed in perpetuity. Interest income from the fund is restricted to offsetting the reduction in government reimbursements. To date more than $2 million has been pledged, with more than half that amount already received.

For more information please contact:
St. Joseph’s Center Foundation
2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509
570-963-1260 (8 am to 4 pm—Monday through Friday).