Ways to Give

At Grand River Hospital Foundation, we welcome your contribution and have a variety of different ways that you can help to enhance patient care at Grand River Hospital. Become part of the group of incredible donors who have already invested in exceptional health care in this community. Please choose the option below that works best for you.

General Donations

General gifts to the Grand River Hospital Foundation are used for the highest priority needs at our Freeport Site, KW Site, and Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. General gifts enable the Hospital to continue to provide the high quality care for which we are known. Please click here to make a donation.

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General gifts to the Grand River Hospital Foundation are used for the highest priority needs at our Freeport Site, KW Site, and Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. General gifts enable the Hospital to continue to provide the high quality care for which we are known. Please click here to make a donation.

Monthly giving is an easy, convenient and cost effective way for you to make monthly contributions to Grand River Hospital Foundation and help hundreds of patients receive safe, quality care with up-to-date equipment and facilities.
One of the best and easiest ways to give is to set up a monthly donation and become a member of our Champions of Health Care program.

Monthly giving lets you:

  • Spread your gifts out over the year
  • Easily budget for charitable giving
  • Help provide stable funding year-round which allows the Grand River Hospital Foundation to respond quickly to the critical needs of the hospital
  • Have flexibility. You are easily able to increase, decrease, pause or stop your gift at anytime.
  • Decrease administrative costs therefore providing more funds support:
    • Medical equipment and technology
    • Construction and renovation projects for patient care
    • Local clinical and health research and education

Your Donation Works Hard

With the support of our community, the Grand River Hospital Foundation is able to grant a minimum of $3.5 million annually to the hospital. In the last year, donor gifts have helped fund:

  • Patient intravenous pumps which deliver pain medication, chemotherapy and other solutions
  • Scopes for minimally invasive procedures
  • A new interventional radiology unit
  • Ventilators for breathing support
  • Mattresses and stretchers
  • Wheelchairs for patient transfer
  • Surgical equipment
  • Prostate cancer research
  • Staff and patient education

Interested in joining our Champions of Healthcare program? Click here.

Remember! Your donation to Grand River Hospital Foundation raises funds to help Grand River Hospital provide exceptional care.

The Hospital Hero program provides patients with the chance to make a gift to the Foundation in honour of a specific caregiver.  That caregiver will be recognized through the Foundation as a Hospital Hero.  They will receive a thank you card letting them know a donation was made in honour.  They will also receive a token of appreciation, and recognition within their department and the hospital as a hospital hero.

Click here for more information.

The Kids Helping Kids program provides a wonderful opportunity for children in our community to help other children who are sick in hospital.

Do you want to know more about how kids can help other kids at GRH? Click here and hear from Ben, one of our patients.

Do you need some kid friendly fundraising ideas? Click here for ideas.

What will the Kids Helping Kids program fund at Grand River Hospital? Click here to find out.

Do you have other questions? To send us an email, click here or call the Foundation office at 519-749-4205

This is a wonderful way to honour the memory of a deceased friend or loved one. As with all donations, memorial gifts may be unrestricted or designated to the area of your choice.

Click here to make your memorial donation.

Donation to an endowment is another way to leave a lasting legacy to Grand River Hospital. Money in an endowment fund is invested, and provides annual interest which then purchases patient care equipment, improves facilities, funds research projects, or provides educational opportunities for hospital staff. To have one of our staff contact you to discuss an endowment, click here.

For more information on the Naomi Mather Endowment Fund, click here.

A child’s birthday party is an occasion to receive gifts they will always remember and an opportunity to give to others. Grand River Hospital Foundation is a proud charity partner with ECHOage – a birthday party website that helps kids receive the gifts they want while supporting charities they choose.

Visit ECHOage website for tools to create your child’s birthday party and to learn more about how your child can support patient care at Grand River Hospital.

You're one step closer to the best BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER.

The Grand River Hospital Foundation is always pleased to partner with corporations to support Grand River Hospital. Investing in the hospital is an investment in your business. Making the right type of commitment with the right charity creates a positive environment for business to grow, attract new employees, and help the community. Your employees will also be proud to be part of a company that supports healthcare in the community.

Click here to ask about our exciting sponsorship opportunities.

What Legacy will you Leave?

A Charitable Bequest to Grand River Hospital Foundation made through your Will is a wonderful legacy, and one that will touch our patients for years to come.

A Bequest will help ensure that GRH can find new and better ways of enhancing patient care. It will have a positive impact on many future patients, ensuring they are able to receive exceptional care in a comfortable and supportive environment close to their families. You can help ensure that patients and their families continue to receive the compassionate care for which our hospital is known. It is an amazing legacy to leave.

Our community has a proud history of giving. Learn about others of our community who made a decision during their lifetime to support Grand River Hospital through a bequest. Click here.

Details for Attorneys

Download our Planning a Bequest Toolkit

Are you interested in Will Planning Resources?

Visit our Will Planning Resources page.

Contact our staff

We are pleased to discuss how a bequest can help patient care at Grand River Hospital, and meet your philanthropic goals:

Karl Ball
Chief Operating Officer
519-749-4300 ext. 2281


Donating publicly traded securities is becoming an increasingly popular way to make a charitable donation. It is quick, easy, and has excellent tax benefits to the donor. For more information click here.

Gifts of Life Insurance, Charitable Remainder Trusts and Annuities

The Grand River Hospital Foundation is pleased to accept gifts of life insurance, charitable remainder trusts and annuities. To have one of our staff contact you to discuss one of these giving vehicles, click here.

Tribute gifts are also encouraged by the Foundation. Honour an anniversary, birthday, retirement or any other special occasion with a donation. The Foundation will send a notification of your gift to the individual you are honouring. Click here for more information or to make a tribute gift.

For more details on any of these methods of giving, please contact the Foundation at 519-749-4205 or

Community events are wonderful ways to raise funds to support Grand River Hospital Foundation. We appreciate the continued support we receive from Third-Party fundraising events organized by various groups, organizations and individuals within the community.

Third party fundraising events can include children’s birthday parties, walkathons, dinner/dances, golf tournaments and more. We know that these events take time and commitment, but we are here to help. Our goal is to help make sure you have fun organizing a successful event. We can assist you with your event in the following ways:

  • Promote your event on the GRH Foundation Website and though social media
  • Supply an Event Tool Kit, with tips and tricks for making your event successful
  • Participate in a cheque presentation with photos
  • Recognize the event in publications, on our mobile sign, etc.
  • Provide Foundation and/or hospital brochures for your event as well as a GRH Foundation banner

Your support is truly appreciated and we look forward to working with you to help make your event a success. If hosting an event is something you are interested in doing, explore our Event Tool Kit, and brainstorm some ideas. Once you have selected an event, please complete our Event Application Form.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Valeriote, Coordinator, Annual Gifts at or 519-749-4300 x 3724.

GRH staff can help ensure that our community has a hospital that provides exceptional care close to home. Your gift to the GRH Gives Program can be made conveniently through payroll deduction, or as a one-time contribution of cash, on your credit card, or through a cheque. Either method is tax-deductible, and can help us fund new facilities, purchase new medical equipment, and provide educational opportunities for staff.

To enroll in the program simply click here. Join the many GRH staff making a difference to their hospital today!