On March 4, 1890, the vision of our founding fathers – to find a better way to minister to the needs of the aging – became a reality. March 4th also marks the date that our Home was incorporated, our Charter granted, and Maria Magdalena Seitz, became our first resident – these are the roots of what is now our treasured past.
We have grown to offer three levels of care, numerous programs and services, all under one roof and all at an affordable cost. Our growth and expansion is a direct result of the many people who have given their time and financial support. Since then, thousands of older adults at PPH have been offered an opportunity to live their retirement years with a new purpose, to age with dignity, and to be free of worry if they are no longer able to afford the cost of their care. Throughout our history, PPH has been fortunate to be the beneficiary of many gifts, allowing us to continue our nearly 130-year old mission.
At the heart of our mission is Benevolent Care. Benevolent Care is available for residents who have outlived their resources and can no longer afford the cost of their care; providing peace of mind security to residents and their loved ones.
View our 2017 Annual Report “Living is an Art.”
Guided by Christian values, the mission of The Philadelphia Protestant Home is to provide a caring senior living community that affords its residents the opportunity to achieve their highest possible quality of life.
As a nonprofit senior living community, PPH takes great pride in our commitment to reinvesting our resources to improve the well-being of not only our residents, but also the larger community.
We do this through our comprehensive community benefit program, without financial incentive, focusing on five key areas of need: social accountability, financial assistance, health and wellness, community support, and training and education.
2017 Community Benefit Highlights:
- Providing nearly $600,000 of Benevolent Care and $1,699,613 in uncompensated medical care in 2017.
- Providing housing and services for more than 600 residents and many members of the community.
- Providing 3,816 total meals given to home-bound seniors through NE Meals on Wheels.
- Providing space for meetings and events free of charge to 13 community, church, school, and civic organizations.
- Serving as a training site for medical students, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, special education students, area high school students, and other future health care professionals.
For more information on our community benefit and to learn more about PPH, please take a moment to read through our Annual Report.
- Tribute Gifts – Commonly given in memory of or in honor of loved ones. We also memorialize tributes in the form of engraved bricks placed along the walkway in our garden.
- Planned Gifts – A planned gift is a donation that earns an income during the donor’s lifetime and received by PPH after the donor’s death. These gifts primarily come in the form of a bequest or through a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA). Donors who make planned gifts are visionaries and inducted as members of The Heritage Society of The Philadelphia Protestant Home.
- PPH Annual Gala – Our major fundraising event each year with an exciting theme. The gala offers sponsorship opportunities on the corporate and patron level, as well as a raffle drawing and silent auction.
- Employee Giving Program (Adopt-a-Resident) – Each year a growing number of employees give back to PPH by contributing a portion of their earnings through payroll deduction to give back to the area of greatest need, Benevolent Care, or make a gift to the Adopt-A-Resident program. Adopt-A-Resident helps pay for everyday essentials such as toiletries, pajamas, slippers and clothing for residents in Personal Care who often are receiving Benevolent Care and need additional support.
- Grants – From time to time PPH receives grants to support capital projects, and non-budgeted programs and equipment.
- In-Kind Services – PPH accepts a range of donated in-kind services to help offset its operational cost.
- Amazon Smile – When you shop on www.amazonsmile.com and designate “The Philadelphia Protestant Home” as your charitable organization, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to PPH.
- Matching Gifts – Many employers match charitable contributions made to PPH. When making a donation, be sure to check with your employer’s Human Resources department to ask if they match gifts and what steps they require.
How Much to Give?
How much to give is strictly a personal decision by each individual donors. PPH conducts a spring and fall appeals each year. Some people are only able to give a one-time donation but it is heartfelt and greatly appreciated. However, many of our donors choose to make regular (monthly/annual) donations commensurate with their giving ability. All gifts, regardless of amount, are greatly appreciated.
How to Give?
PPH accepts donations in multiple forms, such as:
- Cash or check (also securities transfer of stocks or bonds and donated real estate) – The most common way to make a gift is by giving cash or writing a check. This type of outright donation provides immediate flexibility for PPH and generates a charitable income tax deduction for the donor in the year of the gift. Please make checks payable to “The Philadelphia Protestant Home” and mail to the Development department at our main address. Both one-time and recurring gifts also can be made on our secure online donation system.
Benevolent Care: Benevolent Care helps make improvements to ease sufferingby contributing to something greater than ourselves. Benevolent Care supports our residents who have outlived their financial resources and, through no fault of their own, are no longer able to afford the cost of their care. The need for Benevolent care increases each year by 7-8%. The amount provided in Benevolent Care is between $600,000 – $650,000 each year.
Unrestricted (Area of Greatest Need):These gifts help with enhancing programs and services to promote the overall quality of life for residents. Our ability to innovate, maintain excellence, and facilitate change is a growing expense that depends largely on your generous philanthropic support.
2018 Areas of Greatest Need Funding Opportunities: The areas of greatest need funding list hones in on specific programs and/or services that an unrestricted contribution will support in 2018. The items include Virtual Dementia, Chapel Sound System, Live Process Subscription, Music Therapy Program and Personal Care Dining Expansion. If you would like your gift to fully fund one of the items on the list, please note that in the memo of your check or contact the Fund Development Department to learn more.
(Please note: Virtual Dementia has now been fully funded by the Ron S! Charitable Fund).
We Appreciate Your Gifts
PPH conducts annual appeals twice a year to existing donors, residents, and resident family. Some of our friends are able to give a one-time heartfelt donation. Many of our donors choose to make regular (monthly/annual) donations commensurate with their giving ability. Every dollar donated is greatly appreciated.
The Bergdoll Society
The Bergdoll Society, established in 2005, recognizes donors who have given contributions toward our spring and fall appeals, tribute and guardian angel gifts, and gifts through our employee giving program that total $500 or more as well as loyal donors who have given to PPH for 10 or more consecutive years. The Society is named for Elizabeth Bergdoll whose bequest of $15,000 in 1898 was used to purchase land that today is our beautiful, expansive senior living community!
We thank you in advance for your gift and for investing in the PPH mission.
To make a gift, please visit our secure DONATE NOW page. For more information on ways to give to PPH, please call our Fund Development department at 215-697-8586.
Note – For tax purposes, PPH’s Identification number is 23-1396804