About the Foundation

Mission Statement
The Mission of the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Foundation is to provide financial support to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and other medically needed projects in Valley County, ensuring that the medical services provided are of the highest quality.
 
The Necessity of the FMDH Foundation
The Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital (FMDH) Foundation is separate from the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and is a non-profit organization governed by an independent Board of Directors, its own by-laws, and independent articles of incorporation.  The FMDH Foundation is an integral part of the hospital.  The desire for quality health care links the FMDH Foundation, the hospital, and ultimately the community.
 
The FMDH Foundation is a vigorous component of today's medical community in Northeast Montana.  Physicians and other care givers regard the FMDH Foundation as a partner and a resource, enabling them to provide quality healthcare.  The following are answers to some questions frequently asked about the FMDH Foundation.
 
Who benefits from gifts to the FMDH Foundation?
Your generosity benefits your community - family, friends, and neighbors in various ways.  Equipment gifted by the FMDH Foundation enhances patient care in all areas of the hospital as well as other community organizations.  Under new surgery lights surgeons see more clearly; new mammography equipment detects breast cancer in its earliest stages; the pulse oximeter shows blood oxygen levels without drawing blood with a needle; the fetal heart monitor tracks a baby's heartbeat through labor and delivery.  All of this equipment, purchased with FMDH Foundation funds, benefit people of all ages in many different ways.
 
How can I honor and remember friends and loved ones?
Many gifts to the FMDH Foundation are designated as a remembrance, such as memorial gifts to remember a friend or loved one who is deceased.   For special events many give honorary gifts to commemorate a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion.  
 
The FMDH Foundation acknowledges donations in two steps:
1.  A card is sent to the honoree or the family of the deceased telling them about the gift (the gift amount is not disclosed).
2.  The donor(s) receive a thank you letter and receipt.
 
How do I become a member of the FMDH Foundation?
Each person who makes a contribution is automatically a member.  Donations are cumulative and once the sum of $1,000 has been given a donor becomes a voting member. 
 
Honorable donors are recognized on the FMDH Foundation's Corral of Compassion.  The wall depicts a pioneer town with a Wagon Train Wall of Honor. The Corral of Compassion lists the names of donors whose contributions total a minimum of $5,000.  The corral joins the pioneer wagons ambling down the hall, naming donors who have contributed a minimum of $10,000.  Donors who have given $25,000 have a street named in their honor and donors of $50,000 are honored with their own building.  The Corral of Compassion can be seen in the Glasgow Clinic hallway.
  
How are FMDH Foundation funds managed?
Representatives from across Valley County serve on the FMDH Foundation's nine member Board of Directors.  This Board sets the FMDH Foundation's goals and are responsible for investing the Endowment of the Foundation to achieve maximum of growth.  The Board also works with organizations requesting support and decides the disbursement of gifts.  Board members may serve two, three year terms. 
If you are interested in learning more please contact the FMDH Foundation Office at 406-228-3614 or any Board Member.
 
How are donations used?
All donations are deposited into an Endowment Fund, unless specified otherwise, where they earn interest and dividends.  The Endowment account is never spent, which guarantees that these funds will be available for future generations.  As the Endowment builds, the yield of interest and dividends increase, which is deposited to the Gift Account.  Funds in the Gift Account support administration costs of the FMDH Foundation and gifting opportunities for FMDH and the Valley County community.
 
Please contact Mary Kate Tihista at (406) 228-3614 or email MaryKate.Tihista@fmdh.org with any questions.
Donations can be sent to FMDH Foundation, 621 3rd Street South, Glasgow, MT 59230.
 
Thank you!