Founder's Society

Ridgeview Foundation established the Founder’s Society in 2002 to recognize Ridgeview’s most generous donors. This distinguished group of benefactors helps to enhance the health and well-being of the people in the communities served by Ridgeview and Ridgeview Clinics. Founder’s Society members make individual commitments of $10,000 or greater, which can be paid at one time or through a payment program over a period of years.

There are almost 400 Founder’s Society members who cumulatively have gifted or committed more than $26 million and have nearly $2.2 million in outstanding pledges. Each year, the Founder’s Society will work to support the strategic direction of Ridgeview. The generous gifts help provide the critical margin that enables Ridgeview to be of special service to you, your family and your community. These funds have helped to build a new Emergency Department, three new Operating Rooms, the Community Auditorium and the Cardiac/Intensive Care Unit. More recently, Founder’s Society funds were used to build the Heart Center, Center for Women & Children including the Neonatal Care Unit, Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home, da Vinci Surgical System, and 2nd floor renovation. 

How Do I Become a Member?

Gifts may be made in the form of cash, publicly traded securities, appreciated property and, if appropriate, in-kind gifts. Most often, naming opportunities will exist at various levels within each campaign. Commitments can be paid over a period of years or in a one-time gift.

How Will I Be Recognized?

You will be listed in Ridgeview’s Annual Report and main lobby donor wall, and will receive invitations to member events, including the annual donor dinner, holiday celebration and strategic planning sessions with the president and CEO of Ridgeview.

The Founder’s Cup

The Founder’s Cup is a tournament-within-the-tournament for Founder’s Society members at the Annual Golf & Taste Celebration (link to golf page). Golfers compete for the Founder’s Cup and the opportunity to have their name inscribed on the Ridgeview Donor Wall.

The entry fee for this challenge is $5,000 per team of four. Sponsorships of $10,000 or more receive automatic entry for four into the Founder’s Cup, including complimentary golf shirt, cap and golf balls, along with a reserved table for eight at the Taste of the Ridgeview Region.