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A Donor Bill of Rights

PHILANTHROPY is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacitiy to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgement in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals reprenting organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have th opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Developed By: Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits

Endorsed By: Independent Sector, National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC), National Committee of Planned Giving (NCPG), Council for Resource Development (CRD), United Way of America

About Us

About St. Margaret Foundation

Since its establishment in 1986, the purpose of St. Margaret Foundation has been to support health and wellness initiatives at UPMC St. Margaret and other organizations that serve communities within the footprint of the hospital which has benefited thousands of adults and children. Because the Foundation operates independent of UPMC and enjoys complete autonomy regarding disbursement of funds, all gifts to the Foundation remain local.

The Foundation raises money for its initiatives as well as grant makes to the Hospital and community. In 2011 the Foundation underwent a four month a strategic planning process, meeting with six focus groups in the community. The result was a well-defined focus around the areas of 1.) patient access, 2.) patient information and 3.) patient experience.

UPMC St. Margaret has touched virtually every neighbor in this area in one way or another. St. Margaret Foundation – quietly and behind the scenes in many ways, enables and provides many of the services and features that make such connections with the hospital more comfortable and more comforting.  

Grant proposals for consideration from the Foundation are due to the Foundation office by March 1st. A determination will be made by June of the same year.

To request a grant, please click here.

About UPMC St. Margaret Hospital

More than a century ago, John H. Shoenberger (1810-1889), one of Pittsburgh’s wealthiest iron manufacturers and philanthropists, endowed St. Margaret Memorial Hospital “in loving memory” to his wife Margaret (1809-1878), who was known for her generosity and many acts of kindness.

Upon his death, Shoenberger bequeathed $800,000 -- $10 million today – and three acres of land on the family’s summer estate in Lawrenceville, to build a hospital to honor his wife. In 1898, the hospital was dedicated and the Protestant Episcopal Church elected a board of trustees to maintain it. From its original location on 46th Street in Lawrenceville, the hospital served residents of the city’s east neighborhoods and the river towns that dotted the northern shore of the Allegheny River for 82 years.

To be closer to the communities it served, St. Margaret in 1980 made an unprecedented move across the river to the site of the former City of Pittsburgh Water Filtration Plant near Aspinwall. There, the community and advanced teaching hospital thrived, providing general care for 230,000 residents of 19 municipalities, along with specialty care in arthritis, orthopaedics, geriatrics, and family practice teaching.

In 1997, St. Margaret became the first Pittsburgh hospital to merge with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, strengthening its capabilities to serve its communities. As western Pennsylvania’s largest employer, with 50,000 employees, UPMC is transforming the economy of the region into one based on medicine, research, and technology, and is one of the leading nonprofit health systems in the United States.

Over the last two decades, philanthropy has become an important part of today’s health care environment. St. Margaret Foundation, the fundraising arm of UPMC St. Margaret, seeks the support of community members who know the importance of receiving quality health care close to home. The need for these services is apparent every day on our campus.



UPMC St. Margaret has been named “Top Hospital” by Trib Total Media Readers. We recognize all of your hard work and dedication. This is an honor that shows the community believes in UPMC St. Margaret – and all that we do. Thanks again for your commitment to providing top rated care to area residents.  



Upcoming Events:

St. Margaret Foundation Annual 5K Run/Walk

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 3:30PM at  UPMC St. Margaret

St. Margaret Foundation will again be  lighting up the St. Margaret Hospital campus on Tuesday, November 14th with the help of Santa and students from Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.  This event, which is open to the public, will includes kids activities, a visit with Santa, and free hot chocolate and cookies.


Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 8:30AM at UPMC St. Margaret

The 30th Annual Brian Demchak Hope Run/Walk 5K will be held on Sunday, May 20th at UPMC St. Margaret.   Runners, walkers, strollers and pooches are invited to attend this morning of fitness, fun, and healthy competition.  In 2017, the event raised over $100,000 to fill in the gaps with hope where it does not exist with things like transportation, medication, nutritional education and opportunities for physical activity for the underinsured and underserved.







Be the hero our patients need. 

Please donate today

You can make a difference for a patient who needs medicine, insulin, a walker, transportation to chemotherapy and much more. Please make your tax deductible donation to St. Margaret Foundation today. 

Financial support of St. Margaret Foundation helps us maintain and expand our programs, designed to promote the health and wellness of our neighbors. Making a gift to the Foundation demonstrates that same level of concern and involvement, and makes an enormously positive difference.

Thank you for your support of St. Margaret Foundation. The interest you have taken in the success of our funds gives us immeasurable satisfaction, and enables us to achieve our mission in investing in community health and wellness.


Gifts of Appreciated Stock: When appreciated stock is liquidated there would typically be a capital gains tax of 15% levied on the increase in value.  Under current tax law, this tax is forgiven if the appreciated value is donated to a charity.  Your tax deduction is based on the mean value of the securities on the date of transfer.  We recommend that you speak with your tax advisor.

To Transfer Stock to St. Margaret Foundation please call: Richard Crist of Janney Montgomery Scott at 412-562-7888. 

DTC#- 0374       Account#- 7980-7105  Tax ID- 25-1520340


For more information on some of the funds listed below, please click on the links in the left hand column.

  • NEW Free Medical Shuttle for the Alle-Kiski Valley: Residents may now receive free, non-emergency medical transportation service to/from St. Margaret's Hospital, UPMC primary care doctors offices and other UPMC diagnostic centers in Arnold, Brackenridge, Creighton, Lower Burrell, Natrona, Natrona Heights, New Kensington (includes Parnassus), Russellton, and Tarentum. This NEW shuttle is in partnership with Family Services of Western PA. Call 724-889-0029 for details.
  • NEW Care Management Transportation: St. Margaret Foundation sponsors a NEW wheel chair accessible van service that the hospital utilizes for transportation. The wheelchair van is stationed at the hospital from 11 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday to assist with transportation to a nursing facility or home. Arrangements are made through Care Management.
  • The Bed Fund- The Foundation's Bed Fund provides emergency assistance for underinsured and uninsured patients of any doctor on staff at UPMC St. Margaret for medical equipment and supplies, prescriptions, transportation, etc. Contact Rod Rutkowski, Social Work Manager, to access the Fund 412-784- 4090.
  • The Family Health Center Fund - This fund provides assistance to the Family Practice Residency Program and Family Health Center needs
  • The Free Rides for Seniors - The St. Margaret Foundation "Free Rides for Seniors" shuttle transports any senior who lives within its driving area from Blawnox to Sharpsburg and from Route 28 to the Allegheny River. It takes people to the grocery store, Waterworks, pharmacy, doctor's office, hospital and many other locations. Residents simply need to call 412-449-0151.
  • The Nursing Education Fund - Continuing education for nurses at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital.
  • The Oncology Patient Assistance Fund - This fund is for the use of the Oncology Department to financially aid those patients with oncologic conditions who are being cared for at UPMC St. Margaret
  • The School of Nursing Fund - This fund provides assistance to the School of Nursing so that the community can rely on nurses who meet their healthcare needs
  • The Auxiliary Fund - This fund supports various initiatives of UPMC St. Margaret, including hospital beautification
  • The Employee Assistance Fund - Any employee of a physician on staff at UPMC St. Margaret who has suffered a medical emergency in their family or a natural disaster may submit bills to be paid up to $1,000. Those who have not suffered either of those ills but have a mortgage foreclosure notice, rent eviction notice or shut off notice for any utility may submit bills for up to $500. Employees simply contact the hospital Human Resources office to begin the process at 412-784-4079.

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