Join us at our Kavanagh House 25th Anniversary Celebration, Aug. 11th, 9-11 a.m.!

Types of Gifts

HCI Foundation offers many opportunities to give in a manner that is meaningful for you: 

Memorials:  Honoring Memories

Honor the memory of someone close to your heart by creating a memorial in his or her name.  HCI Foundation is often chosen by families to receive memorials in the name of their loved ones.

In Honor Of:  Celebrating Someone Special
Honor someone special to you by giving a gift in his or her name.  An In Honor Of gift is a great way to commemorate a special occasion such as a birthday, holiday, wedding or anniversary.

Bright Kavanagh House Donor WallSpecial Gifts:  Creating a Visual Memory

Donor Wall – Supporters giving $5,000 or more are recognized on the donor wall at our Bright Kavanagh House, 3000 Easton Boulevard in east Des Moines.
Memorial Brick
Memorial Brick – Gift values or combined memorials of $250 or more can personalize a special brick paver to line the landscaped walkways of the Kavanagh Houses.

Tree of Life – Gift values or combined memorials of $1,000 or more can Tree of Lifeprovide a personalized leaf on the Tree of Life, a special indoor memorial tree found at each of the Kavanagh Houses.  The leaf serves as a permanent honor or memorial for those that have been special in your life. 

Direct Mail

Direct mail letter campaigns are sent to our supporters four times a year.  We refine our direct mail campaigns by selecting recipients from our database most likely to respond positively. The largest direct mail campaign is sent in November and December for year-end giving. 

Matching Gifts:  Maximizing Your Gift

Many companies offer a matching gift program, which can double the size of your donation to HCI Foundation.  Check with your employer for details.

Legacy Gift

A legacy gift is a method of supporting non-profits and charities enabling philanthropic donors to make larger gifts than they could make from their income. A donor can use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance, a retirement plan, etc. to make a planned gift.  The benefits of funding a planned gift can make this type of charitable giving attractive to both the donor and HCI Care Services.  Click here for more detailed information on legacy giving

Individuals who leave a legacy gift to the HCI Foundation become part of the Caring Legacy. The Caring Legacy recognizes those who have support HCI Care Services in their wills or other estate gifts. Click here to learn more about Caring Legacy.

United Way:  Designating Your Gift

When you make a contribution to United Way, you can designate your gift to HCI Care Services. Considerate donors have helped make HCI Care Services the #1 donor option choice in central Iowa for many years.


In-Kind Gifts:  Gifts of Substance 

Your resources are valuable to us.  Please contact us if you have a special talent or business which could supply equipment, supplies or other items which could be used by the patients and families we serve. 

You can also donate your time.  HCI Care Services has an array of volunteer opportunities available.  Contact an HCI Care Services office near you or call (800) 806-9934.

Our Wish List

There are many ways to give to HCI Care Services.  Following is a "wish list" of items for our Kavanagh Houses, ranging from small and thoughtful to large and generous.  If you would like to fulfill any of these needs, please contact Jane Flanagan with HCI Foundation at (515) 274-3400 or (800) 806-9934.


  • Pillow Cases
  • Top Sheets
  • Bath Towels
  • Hand Towels
  • Wash Cloths
  • Twin-size Colored Blankets
  • Gift Certificate for Linens 


  • Grandfather Clock Maintenance at Kavanagh House on 56th Street
  • Room Monitors (baby type)
  • Music CDs
  • Locking Cabinet*
  • DVDs (appropriate for family)
  • Specialized Equipment*

Personal Items

  • Women's Gowns
  • Pajama Sets for Men
  • Nail Care Products (polishes, files and clippers)
  • Grocery Gift Certificates (for special food requests)

Household Items

  • Magazine & Newspaper Subscriptions (The Iowan, Des Moines Register, Time, Better Homes & Gardens, Midwest Living, Oprah Magazine, etc.)
  • Inspirational, Reflection, Poem Books
  • Small Reference Bird Books for Patient Rooms
  • Gift Certificates for a Bookstore (to purchase specific adult and children’s reading materials)
  • Crossword or Sudoku Puzzle Books
  • Sketchbooks or Coloring Books
  • Gift Cards from Adam's Aquatics (for aquarium supplies and maintenance)

Kitchen Items

  • Cleaning Rags
  • Dish Cloths

Outdoor Items

  • Gift Certificates for Earl May or other Nurseries (to purchase flowers, plants, etc.)
  • Salt for Ice on Walks
  • Bird Seed for Feeders
  • Iowa Bird or Iowa Wildlife Books
  • Garden Rake
  • Garden Lopping Shears
  • Electric Leaf Blower/Vac
  • Fertilizer
  • Rotary Fertilizer Spreader
  • Grass Seed
  • Weed Killer
  • Work Gloves
  • 8 ft. Stepladder
  • Cordless Drill
  • Snow Shovels
  • Small Snow Blower
  • Pole saw (for trimming trees)
  • Tree loppers
  • All-in-one tool kit

*Please contact Jane Flanagan at (515) 274-3400 or (800) 806-9934 to discuss this item.  We prefer to select and purchase special and/or larger items that you wish to donate.