Ways to Give, The Philadelphia Protestant Home

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The Philadelphia Protestant Home

A group of Philadelphia Protestant clergymen called a meeting early in the spring of 1889 to consider the social needs of the day. They realized that there was a great need for housing and care for the aging men and women in their community. So, a general meeting was called on April 22, 1889, and The Philadelphia Protestant Home was founded.

PPh was incorporated on March 4, 1890 and welcomed its first 15 residents into a home in what is now called the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia, donated by a generous benefactor.

Before a year passed, accommodations became inadequate to meet growing demand. A larger home was purchased from donated funds, which they soon outgrew.

Meanwhile, a generous bequest from the Elizabeth Bergdoll, heir to the Bergdoll Brewery fortune, was received and the 13.5 acre farm in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia was purchased. On October 22, 1899, the cornerstone was laid, and the first structure of The Philadelphia Protestant Home was completed on November 23, 1899.

Today, The Philadelphia Protestant Home campus consists of three independent living buildings, Midway Personal Care, and Pathways Healthcare and Rehabilitation, all under one roof.

Throughout our history, PPh has been true to our mission "to provide loving care and affordable services for our residents and the greater community. Guided by our Christian heritage and commitment to excellence, we share our knowledge and experience with other organizations and advocate for the highest quality of life for all."

Throughout our history, PPh has been fortunate to be the beneficiary of many gifts, allowing us to provide quality care to seniors and benevolent (free) care to seniors who have outlived their resources.


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Charitable giving in memory or in honor of a loved one is an important tradition for many people. PPh is the recipient of many memorial and honorarium donations from grateful sons and daughters, best friends, grandchildren, children, and neighbors of their loved ones who have passed away. Others make gifts to commemorate a special occasion, such as birthdays, anniversaries, and other milestones.

These gifts not only serve as meaningful tributes to loved ones, but they also provide important support that enables PPh to fulfill its mission through its vast array of programs and services.

Many family members and friends purchase bricks which line the pathways in "The Garden... a place for meditation, healing and remembrance." For a gift of $100, individuals, businesses, and organizations may have their names or the names of their loved ones permanently inscribed on the paving bricks used to create pathways which meander through this beautiful and serene garden.

For more information, call our Fund Development Office at 215-697-8568 or e-mail development@pphfamily.org


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The Bergdoll Society was established to recognize individuals who have given $500 or more in the previous calendar year. And those who have consistently given to PPh for ten years or more. The Society is named for Elizabeth Bergdoll, who bequeathed our Home $15,000 in 1898. This money was used to purchase the land that PPh occupies today! The members of The Elizabeth Bergdoll Society are recognized at a dinner in their honor held each May.

Gifts of Cash

No matter what your income, if you itemize, you can almost always lower your income taxes through charitable giving. The amount of the income tax savings will depend on your income tax bracket. Gifts, no matter the size, are greatly appreciated.

Gifts of Securities

If you own stock, it is a wise way to make a charitable gift. You avoid paying any capital gains tax on the increase in value of the stock. You also receive an income tax charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the stock at the time of the gift.

Gifts of Property

You can donate personal property like artwork or equipment and secure a charitable income tax deduction.

For more information, call our Fund Development Office at 215-697-8568 or e-mail development@pphfamily.org


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The Heritage Society of The Philadelphia Protestant Home was established in 1992. The name reflects our appreciation and admiration for those who had the vision to launch PPh. It is this ongoing vision for the future that marks those who belong to The Heritage Society today.

Membership in the Society recognizes individuals who have made a deferred gift, such as a charitable gift annuity, a bequest through their will, life insurance, or other gift which is made by a donor during his or her life and received by the Home after the donor's death.

Members of The Heritage Society are truly exceptional. Their commitment is helping shape the future of services for residents of The Philadelphia Protestant Home.

If you have already included The Philadelphia Protestant Home in your will or other planned gift, we hope you will let us know so that we can recognize you during your lifetime. Each new member is presented with a certificate of appreciation, a Heritage Society pin, and a recognition gift at a luncheon for our members held in October of each year.


You may be saying, "I wish I could do more." Gifts established in your will can be a particular item, specific dollar amount, or a percentage of your estate. The federal estate tax can take approximately 40% to 50% of one's estate at the time of death.

To include PPh in your will, the following is sample bequest language:
"I give, devise, and bequeath $_______ (sum of money), or ______% (percentage) of my estate, or all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to The Philadelphia Protestant Home, located at 6500 Tabor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.

Charitable Gift Annuities

Income for Life for You... Benefit for the Future of PPh!

Our charitable gift annuity program was created as a service to our many friends who have expressed a desire to make a gift of significance, while still retaining income from the gift property during their lives.

A charitable gift annuity is a contract in which you exchange a gift of cash or securities for a guaranteed, fixed income each year for the rest of your life! It is truly a win-win situation for the donor and The Philadelphia Protestant Home.

For a personalized illustration of what a gift annuity might do for you, call our Fund Development Office at 215-697-8568 or e-mail to development@pphfamily.org

Life Insurance: The Forgotten Gift?

Do you have a life insurance policy you no longer need? Perhaps your other assets have grown to provide the protection you require, and the insurance policy lies forgotten in a safety deposit box. Did you know that the policy could make a wonderful charitable gift to The Philadelphia Protestant Home?

If you have insurance you may like to contribute, or if you are currently paying premiums on a policy and want to discover how this policy might work as a gift, you can name The Philadelphia Protestant Home the beneficiary of your life insurance, or a co-beneficiary. Oftentimes, these are old policies that you find you no longer need.

For more information, call our Fund Development Office at 215-697-8568 or e-mail to mailto:development@pphfamily.org


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You're invited to join us for PPh's annual fundraising gala, held in the early fall. The festive evening includes a silent auction, cocktail reception, dinner and dancing and benefits PPh's Benevolent Care Fund. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information contact the Fund Development Department at 215-697-8568 or development@pphfamily.org

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