Aspirus Riverview Foundation
410 Dewey St.
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
Our mission is to support excellence in wellness and health care.
Aspirus Riverview Foundation, Inc., is the charitable and fundraising arm of Aspirus Riverview Hospital. It was established in 1984 for the purpose of seeking and holding funds to support Aspirus Riverview Hospital and other nonprofit health care and social service organizations serving South Wood County.
A certain amount of the Foundation's invested earnings is granted to Aspirus Riverview Hospital as well as other community nonprofit agencies in support of wellness and health care initiatives. Since 1984, Aspirus Riverview Hospital has received 172 grants from the Foundation, totaling $3,558,455. Local nonprofit organizations have received 112 grants, totaling $908,742, to benefit the community's health. Thus local health care has benefited from the contribution of nearly $4.5 million from Aspirus Riverview Foundation since 1984.
The generosity of community members is the source of revenue that makes it possible for the Foundation to do its work. Total donations to the community's health and wellness total more than $2.5 million since the Foundation began. Grants include:
As stated in the articles of incorporation, the purpose of Aspirus Riverview Foundation is:"To promote, receive, hold, and invest contributions, gifts, bequests of any type of property from the general public or from other corporations and to disburse, loan, or donate such contributions, gifts, bequests, or the income thereon to Aspirus Riverview Hospital, Inc. a Wisconsin nonstock, nonprofit corporation, and such other nonprofit, tax-exempt health care and social service organizations serving Wood County as the Board of Directors of the Foundation elects to support."
In other words, Aspirus Riverview Foundation was established for the purpose of seeking and holding funds to support Aspirus Riverview Hospital and other nonprofit health care and social service organizations serving South Wood County.
Aspirus UW Cancer Center: The largest grant ever given by the Foundation to Aspirus Riverview Hospital was $1 million in 2002 for the construction of Aspirus UW Cancer Center. Physicians and other health care professionals specializing in cancer treatment serve patients in the $5.5 million facility. Aspirus Riverview Foundation fielded the capital campaign that raised over $4 million.
Aspirus Riverview Foundation Wellness Center at the YMCA of South Wood County: One of the largest grants to the community, the YMCA’s Wellness Center houses exercise equipment for our families and friends to achieve excellence in personal health management.
Bethke Rehabilitation Center: The Lillian Bethke Estate provided large gifts to numerous Wisconsin Rapids organizations. Aspirus Riverview Foundation received over $1 million, $500,000 of which was given to develop the Bethke Rehabilitation Center at 1041 Hill St. The center’s facilities and equipment provide outpatient physical therapy and other rehabilitative services to a multitude of patients annually.
Our Donor Wall of Honor is a public expression of gratitude to those whose contributions assist the Foundation in fulfilling our mission of supporting excellence in wellness and health care. The Donor Wall of Honor visually expresses the cumulative giving of the Friends of Riverview since 1984, the year Aspirus Riverview Foundation was chartered.
Individuals, foundations or corporations making gifts to Aspirus Riverview Foundation are recognized with plaques on our Donor Wall of Honor. Donors making gifts of $1,000 or greater are eligible for a plaque. The size of the plaque varies depending on the amount of the gift. Plaques are upgraded as the cumulative amount a donor gives increases. Individuals making a gift in memory of a loved one can have a plaque on the Donor Wall of Honor in memory of the person for whom the gift is made.
The inscribed blocks will change in wood type or size as cumulative gift totals increase. The categories of giving and corresponding wood types and sizes are as follows:
2 x 4 Clear Maple
2 x 4 Cherry
2 x 4 Walnut
2 x 8 Walnut
4 x 11 Walnut
Gifts to Aspirus Riverview Foundation help ensure that quality health care continues to be available in the community.
Donors may give unrestricted gifts (i.e., gifts to be used in the way they will best serve local health care), or they may restrict their gifts to specific projects, programs or needs, such as:
Aspirus Riverview Foundation supports Aspirus Riverview Hospital and other community health care priorities. All gifts are invested through WoodTrust Asset Management, and a certain amount of the invested earnings, as decided by our Board of Directors, is granted to Aspirus Riverview Hospital and other community nonprofit agencies in support of wellness and health care initiatives. Local health care has benefited from the contribution of nearly $4.5 million from Aspirus Riverview Foundation since 1984.
To request funds from Aspirus Riverview Foundation, the "Community Grant Request" form must be submitted to the Foundation office no less than two weeks prior to a grant meeting of the Foundation Board of Directors in order for our board to review the request. Foundation board members are scheduled to meet the second Tuesday in February, May, August and November to review grant requests.
Grant Request Application
A spokesperson for the requesting organization will be asked to attend the board meeting to answer any questions regarding the request. You will be informed of the disposition of your request within one week of the board meeting.
For Riverview employees making grant requests for hospital programs, projects or equipment, the same procedure is followed, except that the employee must use the "Hospital Grant Request" form.
July 1982: A special study committee was appointed to research and determine if a Deferred Giving program should be formally established to seek and hold funds to meet the predicted changing and costly health care needs in our community. Members of this committee included: Phyllis Huffman, John Melsen, Daniel Meyer, Morgan Midthun, Terry Norris and LeRoy Sigler.
July 1982 to January 1984: Nearly two years of research was carried out by the Deferred Giving Committee, including meetings with existing hospital foundations, development professionals and legal consultants to determine a direction for Riverview.
January 1984: A recommendation to establish an uncontrolled foundation was made by Deferred Giving Committee Chairman LeRoy Sigler to the hospital board. According to the report, the proposed foundation “would be flexible enough to respond to changing needs that would benefit the hospital.” In reviewing the purposes of a separate foundation, Sigler noted that a foundation has greater visibility in the community for charitable contributions and encourages donations by ensuring funds will meet donor wishes when they are controlled by a separate foundation board.
June 1984: Riverview Health Care Foundation, Inc,. was adopted for the Foundation’s name. This name clarified its affiliation with the hospital but also indicated a separate identity.
August 1984: The bylaws and articles of incorporation were drawn and documents were filed with the state of Wisconsin on August 9, 1984.
June 1985: Federal income tax status—501(c)(3) under section 509(a)(3)—was received from the Internal Revenue Service.
August 2015: Aspirus Riverview Foundation, Inc,. was adopted for the Foundation’s name. This name clarified its affiliation with Aspirus, but also indicated a separate identity.
The above briefly highlights how the Aspirus Riverview Foundation began. We continue to help meet the growing need for excellence in wellness and health care among those in our community.
Bradley Boettcher, MD
John Clark, PhD
M Virginia Brazeau
Mary Jo Carson
Mary Jo Hane
Robert L. Johnson, MD
Richard J. Kenney
John P. Melson
John P. Ross
Thomas Voelker, MD
Cheston Price, MD
Andy Metcalf, President/CEO
Email Andy Metcalf
Jennifer Hayes, Foundation Coordinator
Email Jennifer Hayes
A volunteer fundraiser is an event that is planned, organized and carried out by volunteers to raise funds or community awareness for Aspirus Riverview Foundation and Aspirus Riverview Hospital.
The Foundation staff is available to answer any questions you have about volunteer fundraising or to provide guidance in the planning of your event.
Giving by Mail: Donations may be mailed directly to Aspirus Riverview Foundation by completing our donation form and mailing it to: Aspirus Riverview Foundation, 410 Dewey St., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494.
Giving in Person: The Foundation staff would be delighted to meet with you personally to discuss your donation and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to call the Foundation office at 715.421.7488 to set up an appointment, or simply stop by the Foundation office during business hours (Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).
Giving Online: Donate online to the Aspirus Riverview Foundation
Aspirus Riverview Foundation receives many types of gifts, including:
To leave a tax-deductible gift in your will to Aspirus Riverview Foundation for the benefit of Aspirus Riverview Hospital and community health care initiatives, consider using the following language:
I leave and bequest unto Aspirus Riverview Foundation, the sum of $______, or _____ percent of my estate (or specific securities or other property). Said Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation (Federal ID number 39-1509239), organized under the laws of the state of Wisconsin, with administrative offices at 410 Dewey St., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494. This gift is unrestricted for general Foundation purposes.
This information is not intended as financial or legal advice. For financial or legal advice, please consult your financial advisor or attorney.