About the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation

Jeri Erickson – Executive Director: 707-961-4671 | mchf@mcn.org

775 River Drive, Fort Bragg, CA 95437

For information about the board, opportunities to donate, Winesong or the 911 Raffle, visit the Foundation website.

Foundation History

In March 1984, the Board of Directors of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital approved the formation of a foundation to serve the Hospital District and to increase the financial security of the hospital.  The Directors recognized the need for a freestanding, nonprofit, charitable organization able to receive gifts from individuals, corporations, other foundations and organizations for the benefit of the hospital.  That organization which became the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation was charged with seeking gifts, managing the funds, and supporting capital projects submitted by the hospital to the Foundation.

In September 1984, the officers and 42 Trustees of the new Foundation were elected.  The Trustees represented a wide range of backgrounds and experience in the community and immediately went to work applying their talents to public relations, finance, development and the workings of the new organization.

The first major gift to the Foundation came from the Georgia-Pacific Corporation, which donated a piece of real property valued at over $1 million.

The Trustees of the Foundation recognized the need for professional management of the growing organization and boldly hired the first Executive Director in April 1985.

In September 1985, the Foundation put on its first event which they named Winesong!, a day in the Botanical Gardens of music and wine tasting.  The event made $30,000 for the hospital and has been growing ever since then, now providing over $300,000 annually for vital Hospital equipment and programs.

In the years since its inception the Foundation has added numerous fundraising programs and activities to better serve the needs of our hospital and community.  As the Ways to Give are as many and varied as the people who give them, the Hospital Foundation provides a variety of giving opportunities from events and raffles, to planned giving opportunities that can provide substantial tax advantages to donors and their heirs while supporting one of our community’s most vital resources.

Gifts to the Hospital Foundation of ten dollars to thousands of dollars come from hundreds of residents of the Hospital District and beyond who appreciate the value of having a full-service hospital facility in our small rural community.

In its 25 years of operation the annual gifts from the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation to the hospital have grown from a range of about $18,000 to well over $300,000, with the total of those grants now exceeding $3,500,000.