St. Francis Valley Health Care Foundation - Why Give Vision Sustainable giving for exceptional community healthcare Our Mission We inspire people to invest in the future of our local healthcare organizations  Our Values Integrity Trust Accountability Donor First Respectful Partnerships Transparency  Formerly the St. Francis Memorial Hospital...]]>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 1:47:39 -0700en-us<![CDATA[Foundation Priorities]]>, 18 Jun 2020 9:39:04 -07002019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT                                           

It is a pleasure to give the annual report for the St Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation as we celebrate another very successful year.  Our success is wholly dependent on the support and commitment of everyone involved in our healthcare community – our donors, volunteers, partners, community and our Foundation team.  The Foundation’s vision is to inspire people to invest in the future of our local healthcare organizations.  We are inspired every day by the generosity and passion of our collective healthcare community and grateful for their ongoing support.  Together we are making a difference, providing the necessary equipment and tools needed by our excellent healthcare workers at St Francis Memorial Hospital, Valley Manor and Madawaska Valley Hospice and Palliative Care.  This year, the Foundation provided $234,779 to our healthcare partners. 

Our work is focussed around three strategies designed to move us towards achieving the Foundation’s vision.  In the area of Growing Donor Support:

Our donors are extremely loyal.  A strong donor retention rate indicates a healthy organization that is operating appropriately, allocating enough resources to fundraising and has the support of people who believe in the cause.  For several years, the average retention rate for non-profits has been staying around 45%.  In comparison, the Foundation's donor retention rate is above industry standards at 61%.    

  • The number of lapsed donors that we have reactivated has increased resulting in a $30.0K increase in revenues.
  • Our Monthly Giving Club continues to provide steady, dependable income which helps us to plan more effectively for the future.  While we have lost some members, we have welcomed new members, allowing us to maintain our numbers overall.

  • We exceeded our Redevelopment Campaign fundraising goal for Valley Manor, realizing $620.0K net.  Included in this amount is revenue from the Catch the Ace lottery which to date has raised $145.0K net.  The lottery was put on hold midway through the third round due to Covid 19.  The total amount for the Valley Manor campaign does not include upcoming pledges or the final Catch the Ace lottery revenue. 
  • The total revenue raised this year was just over One Million dollars! 

The second strategy is to Maintain and Develop a High Performing Team:

  • In December, our Executive Director, Toni Lavigne Conway retired after 15 years of leading the Foundation work.  We were extremely grateful for her leadership and passion which resulted in raising over 8 million dollars for our healthcare community and creating a legacy of philanthropy in our communities.
  • In January, we were very happy to welcome our new ED, Erin Gienow and Christine Hudder replaced Erin in her former role of Donor Relations Coordinator. We are confident that Erin and her team will be as equally successful.
  • Our Board welcomed two new Directors, Victoria Cybulski Blank (a retired teacher in Ottawa) and Lynn Beauchamp (current Manager of the Northern Credit Union).   
  • The Foundation is very grateful for our over 80 volunteers who worked with us this year. These passionate, committed individuals are the smiling faces that greet hospital visitors at the Bean, help to organize events such as our golf tournament and Butterfly release, assist with running our popular Catch the Ace Lottery or prepare mail out packages for our Tree of Lights program.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

And our third strategy, Maintain positive reputation and continue to raise profile of the Organization:

Our donors and healthcare partners are a central part of our mission.  They need us as much as we need them.  Staying in touch in meaningful ways is key.

  • Donor appreciation events to show donors the impact of their generosity were held for hospital equipment purchases.
  • Donor appreciation calls, to simply touch base with our donors and thank them for their gift are regularly made.  A one day “Thank a Thon” on Giving Tuesday reached over 200 of our donors. 
  • Work has begun on renewing the Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the fundraising relationship between the Foundation and our three healthcare partners.  The goal is to have a new MOU in place by December 2020.

And the Impact of our collective work….  Please see below!

Moving Forward in 2020-21

It is an honour to work with such kind and generous people in support of our incredible healthcare partners – the Hospital, Valley Manor and MV Hospice.  Thank you for your ongoing support and inspiration.  With Covid 19, this coming year will be the “year of unknowns”.  Staff and their teams are looking at new, innovative approaches to ensure the safety of participants and staff for all events.   We will continue to stay connected with our donors.  We are determined to keep our commitments to our healthcare partners.   Thank you!

Karen Tierney                                                                                                   Erin Gienow
Proud Donor, Board Chair                                                                                Proud Donor, Executive Director

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Your Dollars At Work!


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Share Your Story….We’d love to hear from you!

If the St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Madawaska Valley Hospice or Valley Manor holds a special place in your heart because of a personal experience or that of a family member or friend, we would love to hear from you!

To share your story and experience, please contact us at:

St Francis Valley Healthcare  Foundation
(613) 756-3044 ext 333
or email us at:

Jacqueline Goodheart: St. Francis Memorial Hospital

Jeanette Wright: Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care

Glen Henneberry: Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care

Margaret Haskin: St. Francis Memorial Hospital

Nelson Hartwick: Valley Manor

Carol Chippior: Valley Manor

Marjorie Mayhew: Valley Manor

Eleanor Stanutz: Valley Manor

Nelson & Joan Leeder

Regular donors since moving to the area many years ago, Nels and Joan Leeder made the decision to look at their investments as a way of future planning for additional support for the Hospital they both valued.

“Nels and I made conscious decision years ago to ensure that we did pre-planning of our assets.We sat down and asked ourselves….what charities are important for us to appreciate and who should benefit from our support?” Their wish to see St. Francis Memorial continue to be strong and sustainable made their decision to leave a gift of securities an easy one. “We recognized the future of this community having a Hospital, close to home. I know Nels would be pleased to know that the support we planned to leave is making a difference. For me, end of life grief was easier to bear knowing that because of our gift, life would be better for others.”

Star of Love

The following message was written by a patient of St. Francis Memorial Hospital. In honour of all who work, volunteer, visit, and have stayed as patients at SFMH, he has registered a star which he calls Star of Love. 

Name of Star: Star of Love

From The Star Registry to allat SFMH.

This star that was purchased, a star that can be seen in the night sky is for a very special Hospital. It is for all who work, visit, volunteer, or had a brief or long stay. It is also to the ones who were not so fortunate but will be remembered in the hearts and minds of those who were either family or friends.

This star is to all the staff that have made many peoples lives both better and their stay memorable and a happy one, including mine.

To the people at SFMH, may you always continue to shine bright for those in need and with just a friendly smile.

P.S. I hope you have a very bright star available so all can see it.

Mercedes the iPad Whiz

The St Francis Memorial Hospital is pleased to offer complimentary online/Wi-Fi access for patients and their families, helping them keep connected to friends, family and community news. Check out patient Mercedes Conway, who is 96 years young and a whiz with her iPad! Way to go Mercedes!!

Emergency Department: St. Francis Memorial Hospital 

Medical Unit: St. Francis Memorial Hospital 

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program: St. Francis Memorial Hospital 

<![CDATA[Why Give]]>, 20 Mar 2019 9:05:27 -0700Our Vision

Sustainable giving for exceptional community healthcare

Our Mission

We inspire people to invest in the future of our local healthcare organizations 

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • Donor First
  • Respectful Partnerships
  • Transparency 

Formerly the St. Francis Memorial Hospital Foundation,  our mission is to advance health care for patients and families in the Madawaska Valley by raising funds to support the facility and capital equipment needs of our non profit healthcare organizations, namely the St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care, and Valley Manor Nursing Home.

Although the province funding structure provides for the day to day operation of our health care organizations, capital and building needs are not included in the funding structure . These organizations rely on the Foundation to raise the funds necessary for their needs in order to continue to provide our patients and their families with the best possible care, close to home.

The SFVH Foundation is located at the front entrance of the St. Francis Memorial Hospital. Drop in visits are encouraged and welcomed!!

Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Donations can be left at the front desk or our drop box  or by donating securely  on line through this website. Alternatively you can give us a call and we will be pleased to assist you!

St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation
Toni Lavigne-Conway | Executive Director
Box 129, 7 St Francis Memorial Dr
Barry's Bay, ON KOJ 1B0

Phone: (613) 756-3044, Ext. 333

Registered Charity # 89453 4817 RR0001

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