Ave Maria Foundation

What makes Catholic, not-for-profit healthcare unique? There are unique qualities about Catholic healthcare facilities. All Catholic health and elder care facilities are committed to meeting the needs of the under-served. Ave Maria provides pastoral care and mission related services. We go beyond what other providers may choose not to provide due to cost restraints and lack of reimbursement. Our employees take pride in carrying forth the mission of Catholic healthcare as evidenced by letters from family members and residents. Catholic healthcare facilities are committed to serving those who need care regardless of their financial situation. Therefore, the Ave Maria Foundation of Memphis was begun to fund those programs and services at the Ave Maria Home.

Ave Maria Foundation of Memphis was begun in December 2001, to care for the needs of the frail and elderly of the Ave Maria Home. It has been incorporated as a 501c(3) organization and provides tax deductions for contributions.

For information please call (901) 386-3211.

The Mission of the Ave Maria Foundation of Memphis is to:

  1. Maintain a holistic view of persons with attention to the spiritual dimension;
  2. Work on behalf of justice with a special concern for the frail and  elderly;
  3. Focus on prudent stewardship of financial resources.

The Goals of the Ave Maria Foundation of Memphis is divided into a short-term and long-term strategy: 

  1. Assess the short-term needs for the facility –
  2. Capital needs
  3. Employee development
  4. Develop a plan with a long-term strategy –
  5. Assess the long-term care area
  6. What other needs are essential to be met within the elderly population of the community through the Ave Maria facility.

Your contribution to the Foundation is an investment in people. It is an investment in programs to train the next generation of geriatric caregivers. It is an investment that may result in better care for Alzheimer’s patients, or those with chronic diseases. It is an investment in the main campus where improvements will provide warm, attractive settings for residents and their families.

We have always depended on the kindness and generosity of our friends. It is important for those of you who have not given to give, and for those who have given, to consider giving again. Your support is crucial. On behalf of the elderly of today and tomorrow, we thank you.



There are ten ways to make a contribution to the Ave Maria Foundation of Memphis. We invite you to consider the following options:

  1. A Gift of Cash

Gifts of cash outright or pledged over a period of time, provide immediate support for the Foundation. Or donate now via paypal.

  1. A Gift of Securities

Gifts of long-term appreciated securities provide the same benefits as cash. Your contribution is based on the mean value of the stock the date on which you transfer the stock to the Foundation.

  1. A Gift of Real Estate

Most real estate has appreciated faster than the rate of inflation and offers great potential as a gift planning opportunity. We would be happy to explore the options and benefits with you of considering the gift of a home, vacation property, condominium,     undeveloped land or other real estate. Real estate contributed outright, in trust, or through a part gift/part sale arrangement provides a way to avoid or substantially reduce capital gains tax.

  1. A Charitable Gift Annuity

In exchange for a gift of cash or securities, the Foundation can provide you with income for life through a Charitable Gift Annuity contract.

  1. A Gift in Trust

The Foundation would be happy to work with you and your financial advisor to explore the options and benefits of creating a charitable trust arrangement which suits your unique circumstances and can provide you with income for life or a term of years.

  1. A Gift of a Personal Residence or Farm with Retained Use

It is possible to transfer ownership of your personal residence or farm to the Foundation while retaining the enjoyment of the property for the remainder of your lifetime.

  1. A Gift of a New Life Insurance Policy

You can make a magnificent commitment to the Foundation through the purchase of a life insurance gift. By naming the Foundation as owner and beneficiary of the policy, your annual premiums will be deductible for income tax purposes.

  1. A Gift of an Existing Life Insurance Policy

Many people own insurance policies which are no longer needed for their original purposes. These  policies can be given to the Foundation and you will be entitled to an income tax deduction for the cash surrender value, and the amount of any future premiums paid.

  1. A Gift of an Income Stream

A Charitable Lead Trust allows you to direct income payments to the Foundation for a specific number of years. At the end of the trust’s term, assets are transferred to family members at a reduced transfer tax.

  1. A Gift Through Your Will

A gift through your will enables the Foundation to continue its mission of caring for the frail and elderly through the years. It can be restricted for a specific purpose, such as providing care for those who would be unable to provide it for themselves.


Ave Maria

Ave Maria complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

We do not discriminate in regard to race, creed, sex, religion or ethnicity.

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