Why We Give: Nancy Nightingale

Longtime Volunteer and Donor Gives in a Variety of Ways

Nancy NightingaleWhen it comes to her relationship with National Jewish Health, Nancy Nightingale has always been a trailblazer. In 1961, she was one of the first members of the Junior Division of the Westchester Women’s Auxiliary, which raised funds for National Jewish Health in the Westchester area of New York. More than 50 years later, she is the first donor in the New York area to give to the institution through a new vehicle-donation program.

‘It Was So Special to Me to Help Build Something.’

Nancy served as both the president and vice president of the Junior Division, helping raise money through various events including theater parties and thrift shops. The Westchester Women’s Auxiliary was one of 1,500 groups across the country that fundraised for the institution.

“We got in on the ground floor,” Nancy says. “It was so special to me to help build something with a group of friends who felt as strongly about the cause as I did.”

‘I Get to Thank National Jewish Health.’

In addition to annual gifts and including National Jewish Health in her will, Nancy also established a charitable gift annuity (CGA), which provided her a way to give to the institution while also receiving a fixed income. “I believe you should give money away while you are alive, “ Nancy says. “A charitable gift annuity helps the hospital in a significant way and benefits me as well.”

This year, Nancy is marking a new milestone with National Jewish Health. She is the first person in the New York area to donate a car through the institution’s new Cars Helping Charity initiative. Nancy ‘s donation will be tax deductible. To learn more about the program, visit http://carshelpingcharities.org/cobrand/national-jewish-health/.