How to Make a Gift

There are many exciting opportunities for you to support our mission and join the philanthropic community.


Cash gifts are immediately available to VNA Health for restricted or unrestricted purposes. There are several options available for persons wishing to make cash gifts. You can do this online, by mail, or call VNA Health Foundation at 805.690.6290 to make arrangements.



Marian Watts was the founder of the Visiting Nurse Association of Santa Barbara, and an innovative leader in healthcare at the turn of the 20th century. She was one of the first to begin an organization that brought healthcare to the patient, regardless of their ability to pay. Click here to learn more about joining the Marian Watts Society and making a gift of $1,000 or more to sustain her legacy of compassionate homecare.



Memorial and Honor gifts provide you with the opportunity to recognize those who have made an impact on your life. When you make a Memorial or Honor gift, your loved one’s name is placed in our lovely online Appreciation Garden. This type of gift is a sincere way to celebrate the life and accomplishments of a relative or friend. You can do this online, by mail, or call Brittany Avila Wazny at 805.690.6290 to make arrangements.



Transferring securities, (either stocks or bonds), allows you to make a gift to VNA Health and receive a charitable deduction equal to the full fair market value. You also may avoid paying a capital gains tax on your charitable contribution. Gifts of real estate can have special benefits for both the donor and the recipient. You may give real estate as a current gift and receive a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the gift. Gifts must meet certain criteria in order to be accepted by VNA Health Foundation.

For more information, call Rick Keith, Executive Director, at 805-690-6222 or email at



We hope you’ll consider including a gift to VNA Health in your will or living trust. Called a charitable bequest, this type of gift offers these main benefits:

  • Simplicity. Just a few sentences in your will or trust are all that is needed. The official bequest language for VNA Health Foundation is: “I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to VNA Health Foundation [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”
  • Flexibility. Because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you can change your mind at any time.
  • Versatility. You can structure the bequest to leave a specific item or amount of money, make the gift contingent on certain events, or leave a percentage of your estate to us.
  • Tax Relief. If your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift’s full value.

For types of planned gifts and information about our Samaritan’s Society, please click here.

For more information, call Rick Keith, Executive Director, at 805-690-6222 or email at