Giving to The Hickman

It is our mission to provide the highest quality care possible in the most cost effective way, allowing The Hickman to be an affordable alternative in the Chester County area for senior community living and personal care in a desirable neighborhood.





Two Easy Ways to Support The Hickman

1) Credit Card

We accept credit card and PayPal donations via PayPal or by telephone at (484) 760-6418. You do not need a PayPal account to donate by credit card.

2) Check or cash

To make a gift via check or cash, please download our donation form.

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All gifts are deductible as provided by law. For income tax purposes, a gift is counted in the calendar year in which it is given, and any payments toward a pledge are deductible in the calendar year that they are made.

The Hickman was established in 1891 out of a basic human need that was recognized by a group of caring and strong women, led by Sallie Sharpless and Lydia Hall. They saw the suffering of older women in the community who had little or no financial resources and they vowed to provide a loving and secure home for them. Over 131 years later, charitable giving still provides tremendous support that enhances the quality of life for our residents. The generosity of our donors allows us to provide financial assistance to residents who may have exceeded their retirement savings due to circumstances beyond their control. Gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations allow us to make capital improvements to our beautiful, historic campus. New programs and activities are also often the result of the generosity of caring supporters.

It is our mission to provide the highest quality care possible in the most cost effective way, allowing The Hickman to be an affordable alternative for senior community living and personal care in a desirable neighborhood. Your support is put to immediate and good use in helping us fulfill that mission.

United Way Donor Choice

Please consider The Hickman for your donor choice gifts!

Many United Way organizations allow donors the flexibility and discretion to direct their gifts to specific charitable organizations. When you select The Hickman, you have the added benefit of participating in the United Way Campaign while supporting our people and programs.

It is easy! Simply ask your workplace campaign representative for Donor Choice information and complete the necessary designation forms. It is especially helpful if you send a copy to the Development Office (400 N. Walnut Street, West Chester, PA, 19380) for our records.

If you participate in the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania Campaign, our Donor Choice number is #10572. We will be listed by our full name – The Hickman Friends Senior Community of West Chester.


Contributions of long-term appreciated securities give you double benefits: a charitable deduction for the full present fair market value, and no tax on the appreciation. Should the securities you wish to contribute have a loss, consider selling them and donating the proceeds which will allow you to recognize the loss deduction. In either case, please consult your tax or financial advisor to be sure you are making the wisest selection.

Tangible Personal Property or Gifts-in-Kind

Art objects, antiques and other in-kind gifts are tangible personal property and are accepted on a case by case basis in consultation with the Advancement Manager. Their value as a tax deduction will be based upon IRS regulations.

IRA Charitable Rollover

If you are looking for a way to offset income from a required distribution from your traditional IRA, why not consider an IRA Charitable Rollover? The Hickman is a qualified nonprofit charitable organization, so your donation can benefit you tax-wise, while supporting the mission of The Hickman to provide affordable care and services for modest income seniors. For more information, please contact Monica Nearey at (484)760-6418 or

Real Estate

Whether your property has increased or decreased in value, it can be given with substantial benefit to both the donor and The Hickman. There are many ways to make a gift of property including an outright gift, a retained life estate, making a bargain sale, gifting property by will, or using property to fund a charitable remainder trust. These gifts are accepted on a case by case basis in consultation with the Monica Nearey, Advancement Manager and your financial advisor.

Life Insurance Policies

The gift of a life insurance policy is an ideal way to fulfill your charitable desires. A gift of life insurance does not reduce your income, and you may receive significant income tax reductions. There are several options for making such a gift.

Where to Give at The Hickman

The Hickman Annual Fund: Resident Financial Assistance

For our residents here at The Hickman, this is their home and their community. We are committed to making sure that no resident ever has to leave due to financial reasons, including the exhaustion of their resources. However, ensuring our ability to continue doing so in the future is challenging, as the needs of our residents continue to increase, along with the costs and resources required to provide the care they need. Please help us continue to serve our mission by supporting The Hickman Annual Fund, which provides direct financial assistance to our residents in need. We can’t do it without you!

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Unrestricted: Wherever We Need Funds The Most

By designating your gift as unrestricted, you give us the ability to apply it wherever it is most urgently needed.

Planned Gifts: Discover the Benefits of Giving Wisely

Types and Definitions of Planned Gifts
Planned Giving is giving that has a long-term impact, requires thoughtful planning, and is usually drawn from the donors’ assets (savings) rather than from current disposable income.

Planned Giving is the integration of sound personal, financial, and estate planning concepts with the individual donor’s plans for lifetime legacy giving that reflects a donor’s commitment and priorities to a specific cause or mission. Some gift arrangements can include special donor tax advantages, life income to the donor, and other special satisfactions that help improve estate plans.

The most common forms of Planned Gifts are:

A transfer by will of personal property such as cash, securities, or other tangible assets. You may designate your bequest to a specific program area or interest. A conversation with your financial adviser and Development Director at The Hickman is the best way to achieve your giving goals.

Gift Annuities:
A contract between a donor and a charity wherein the donor transfers funds to the charity in exchange for the charity’s promise to pay the donor a fixed income for life or some other mutually agreed upon period. Donors may defer the right to income for years. Gift annuities may take on several forms, and interest rates increase with age, making them a prudent and charitable way to support The Hickman.

Planned gifts are administered for The Hickman through Friends Fiduciary Corporation. For more information on Planned Gifts and/or to receive a confidential charitable gift annuity illustration, please visit the Friends Fiduciary website at or email the Advancement Department,

For more information on these options, please get in touch with Monica Nearey, Development Manager, at (484) 760-6418 or email

The Hickman is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, which means all gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Gifts of all sizes are gratefully accepted.

The Hickman’s official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania at 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

I’m always recommending The Hickman. As long-time residents in the area, this is our community. Living here has given my Dad a sense of belonging... a feeling of home.”

The staff here really do care. I enjoy the social aspects, and the food is excellent.”

Within the first week, my Dad settled in. Not long after that, he said one day 'I'm glad it was my idea to come here.”

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