Ways To Give

MemoryCare welcomes support of all kinds. We exist because of a need in our community for the type of care we offer that includes families in the care of those with cognitive disorders. We rely on the generosity of the community to be here and are grateful for the support we receive.

For questions about ways to give to MemoryCare:

Janet Doyle
Development Director
Our community is fortunate to have a program like MemoryCare that helps families manage a difficult disease like Alzheimer’s. I have several family members who have or have had the disease and did not have access to help they needed. I support MemoryCare so families here have what they need.

Fran Alexander, MemoryCare Volunteer/Supporter

I made a monetary donation to MemoryCare in honor of my parents as a way to express my gratitude to the staff for being our extended family.

Katie Humphrey, Caregiver & Donor

As a caregiver, a past board member, and a donor to MemoryCare, I have every confidence that this amazing organization is a good steward of its resources and will use my gifts to serve families in the best way possible. Thank you, MemoryCare!

Linda Hollinshead, MemoryCare Caregiver

Memorial or Honor Gifts

Your beloved is unforgettable in your heart.  Please consider honoring him or her at MemoryCare too.  Ensure his or her memory lasts forever in an enduring tribute with a gift to the endowment, or make a one-time gift.

To dedicate a gift online, please follow the link aboveand check the box “I would like to dedicate this donation.” To mail your gift please complete and include our Donation Form.

All such gifts can include the beloved’s name inscribed on the Honor Wall at MemoryCare.

“Our world desperately needs MemoryCare for every family dealing with dementia.  Therefore, I donate as much as I can and hope that others will do the same so that this model of care can continue to grow and spread to all in need.  Regina passed on now, but I am grateful to MemoryCare for as long as I live, and I committed to leave part of my remaining estate to continue that gratitude after I too have passed on.”     Sharron K. St John, Former Caregiver

Contact MemoryCare, 828-771-2219, and Janet Doyle, doyle@memorycare.org, will be pleased to hear from you.

Giving Through Your IRA

If you are 70 ½ years of age or older and have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) you can make an immediate impact to MemoryCare through an IRA Charitable Rollover Gift, or Qualified Charitable Distribution. An IRS provision allows you to donate up to $100,000, that may be tax-free, from your IRA each year to a qualified charity, such as MemoryCare. If you are over 70 ½ and your 70th birthday is July 1, 2019, or later, you do not have to take withdrawals until you reach 72, but you may still do so, and MemoryCare is pleased to accept them.

How an IRA Charitable Rollover Gift may benefit you

Generally, when you take a distribution from your IRA it is treated as taxable income. If your distribution is made directly to a charity, it may not need to be included in your income. Therefore, you could avoid taxes and could save on Medicare costs.

Qualifications to keep in mind

  • You must be 70 ½ years of age or older at the time of your gift
  • Your total annual IRA Charitable Rollover gift(s) cannot exceed $100,000 in the calendar year of the gift
  • Your transfer must be made to MemoryCare by December 31 of the year you would like to make the gift
  • The transfer must be made from your IRA directly to MemoryCare
    • Gifts from your IRA to donor-advised funds or life-income vehicles such as charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts do not qualify as IRA Charitable Rollover gifts. If you have assets in a 401(k), 403(b), etc. you must first roll those funds into an IRA. 

This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

Where do I start?

Making your gift is easy. If you are interested in supporting MemoryCare through an IRA Charitable Rollover Gift, contact your IRA Administrator.

Download our sample IRA Rollover Letter OR Form to use as preferred:

For informational purposes only. Not an investment recommendation.

MemoryCare does not provide tax, legal, or financial advice. Please consult with the appropriate tax or legal professional regarding your particular circumstances before making any investment decisions.

MemoryCare is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. Our Federal Tax Identification Number for MemoryCare™ is 56-2178294. Our NC solicitor’s license# is: EX000469

Planned Giving

Planned Giving with MemoryCare is an opportunity to honor a loved one or a friend, and to ensure that MemoryCare will continue to provide comprehensive treatment for caregivers and individuals with memory loss with the care and dignity they deserve.

For the donor, such gifts may lower taxes or even provide income. Contact MemoryCare, 828-771-2219.  Janet Doyle, doyle@memorycare.org, will be pleased to help.

“Any gift, small or large, will insure that MemoryCare is available to those who will need it in the future.  They may never know your name or shake your hand, but they will bless you when the time comes for them to need MemoryCare.”  Dale Rusk, Former Caregiver

MemoryCare is grateful to be named as a beneficiary of a fund, and/or to receive contributions through any of the following:  bequests, trusts, donor advised funds, charitable remainder trusts, insurance policies, and IRA retirement funds using the QCD options.

MemoryCare is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization. Our Federal Tax Identification Number for MemoryCare™ is
56-2178294. Our NC solicitor’s licence# is: EX000469

Team physician consults with family

Gifts of Stock or Insurance Policies

Acceptance of Stock:

To contribute stock shares or similar investments, please contact Janet Doyle, 828-771-2219 or doyle@memorycare.org, for transfer details.

Acceptance of Insurance Policies:

MemoryCare can be named as a designated beneficiary of an insurance policy, and also will accept paid-up policies.  Please contact Janet Doyle, 828-771-2219 or doyle@memorycare.org, for information.


MemoryCare has several sponsorship opportunities throughout the year.  We rely on the support of our community partners to provide the community education and outreach we offer.  Thank you!

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Janet Doyle at doyle@memorycare.org or at (828) 771-2219.

Donate Your Vehicle

We accept all types of vehicles — cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, ATVs and even boats. To get started, just complete the form through the link below to our secure online donation form or call (855) 500-RIDE or (855) 500-7433 to speak to a representative.

All that you will need to provide is the Certificate of Title upon pickup of your donated vehicle. For answers to common questions about the donation process, please see vehicle donation FAQ’s.


  • Avoid the hassles of selling your car, boat, camper or motorcycle
  • Forget about hefty repair bills
  • If you itemize, your donation is tax deductible

Fill out our donation form through the link below get started…we’ll take it from there!

Facebook Fundraiser

Celebrate your birthday or another special occasion with a Facebook Fundraiser, and help MemoryCare continue to support families affected by dementia, like Alzheimer’s Disease.

You don’t really want another ill-fitting, weird shirt for your birthday, do you?  Invite your Facebook Friends to contribute to your fundraiser instead. It’s easy, exciting and secure, and best of all, you help MemoryCare help others.

Click below to get started on your own Facebook Fundraiser today:

Legacy Testimonials

At the early age of sixty, my wife Joyce’s life was beginning to change. She was having memory problems, and she was withdrawing from her activities and friends. I couldn’t understand how this wonderful, active woman with so many friends could be changing in this way. The physicians where we lived then diagnosed her condition as depression. That diagnosis did not help Joyce, and it certainly did not help me to understand nor cope with the situation. I felt lost and helpless. We moved to the Asheville area, and our new family doctor asked my permission to set an appointment for Joyce at MemoryCare.

That visit changed everything. During that first visit to MemoryCare the doctor and nurse spent a long time examining Joyce, and during that time they were beginning my education on dealing with dementia. MemoryCare was exactly what we needed to handle this newly developing life for both Joyce and me. It wasn’t easy, but at least we understood the problem and could act accordingly. Joyce made regular visits to MemoryCare, and I volunteered to help wherever I could.

Joyce followed the normal progression of a dementia diagnosis. As she got worse she wanted to be with her family in Alabama. So after only a few years under the care of MemoryCare, we moved out of state. Joyce went into a nursing home in Alabama and passed away recently.

I have never forgotten MemoryCare and the impact their team made on our lives. It’s been sixteen years since we left the Asheville area.  Every month since then, I donated to help MemoryCare grow and expand its work with families battling dementia. Those battles are not easy, but with the aid of MemoryCare families can learn how to get through it.
MemoryCare needs and deserves our support for there are so many who are facing a life with this terrible disease. I urge you to help MemoryCare and its outreach by joining us who contribute financially today, and/or by planning for the future through your estate.  You will be affecting lives just as your life was affected.

Gerry Dudley, Caregiver


And keep on giving ...

For about two years before my husband, Len, died, I would tell his sons and his sisters that he was suffering with some dementia. That he forgot simple things, like how to adjust the thermostat or navigate the remote control on the television. But when we would travel to New Jersey to visit family, Len had just enough mental capacity left to function normally for those few days. So, family did not understand what was going on.

The staff at MemoryCare knew differently. They saw his slow deterioration over those two years. They had anticipated it. It was knowing that others had traveled this path ahead of me that made it easier for me to function as Len’s caregiver and as Len’s advocate. It was the support of the physicians and the support staff at MemoryCare that helped me negotiate those difficult months and make those heartbreaking decisions about Len’s care.

MemoryCare gave me guideposts. They also made no assumptions. The MemoryCare staff made sure that I knew to get appropriate legal advice, and that I took care of myself as best I could. They taught me that there is no weakness in asking for help.

It is more than a decade since my husband died. I have consistently supported MemoryCare with an annual donation as best I can, and I have also left part of my estate to MemoryCare so that others who travel this same road may find the support and guidance I did when I needed it most.

Peggy Franc

“Any journey begins with a single step.  For Betty and me, it began with the diagnosis of early stage dementia by Dr. Noel.  We were guided along this frightening and difficult path by a wonderful and caring staff which we came to see not only as gifted professionals, but as caring friends:  Friends we trusted to guide us along a path which had many twists, turns and pitfalls.  They were always available to explain and anticipate new and sometimes frightening events.  They gave me, the caregiver, suggestions as to when adult day care needed to become a part of our life.  Finally, the most difficult decision as to when it was time to move Betty to full time nursing care in a facility which was close enough for me to maintain contact.  They helped me to come to realize that I was not abandoning her, only making sure that she was well cared for, and that the time had come when Betty’s needs had exceeded my ability, not my desire, to care for her.

Moving Betty to a nursing facility was the most difficult thing I have ever done.  In the nursing facility, Betty was cared for 24 hours a day when it was hazardous to Betty and me to continue in home care.

Although the journey was not an easy one for us, the resources available at MemoryCare made it endurable.  They helped me avoid many medical and emotional pitfalls.  For this reason, I believe the people of Western North Carolina are fortunate to have the resources of MemoryCare available.  To ensure that MemoryCare will be available to those who need it in the future, I have created an investment account that will further fund MemoryCare when I join my beautiful and loving wife in our heavenly home.  I encourage anyone who has a spouse, relative or friend who has Alzheimer’s to join me in that effort.  Any gift, small or large, will insure that MemoryCare is available to those who will need it in the future.  They may never know your name or shake your hand, but they will bless you when the time comes for them to need MemoryCare. “

"A little song I like" (shared by Dale)

“Song Sung Blue
Me and you are subject to Blues now and then
When you take the blues and make a song, you sing them out again
Song sung blue weeping like a willow
Song sung blue sleeping on my pillow
Funny thing but you can sing with a cry in your voice
And before long you are feeling better, you got no choice”

Dale Rusk, Caregiver

My partner, Regina, and I arrived for our first appointment feeling overwhelmed and near despair which is not who we were as people before dementia hit.  Regina, who was one of the most loving, happy and fun persons I’d ever known, had been angry and confused for over a year when our primary physician referred us to MemoryCare.

There we found compassion, a feeling of being understood and loved, a source of enlightenment and resources to guide us out of the tortuous maze.  We left feeling deep grief at the diagnosis of dementia, but also with strength and hope beginning to return as we continued the journey of life with dementia.  Every successive treatment session increased our ability to cope as we learned practical helps for communication, self-care and care for each other.  A thorough assessment led to medication changes which maximized Regina’s health potential.

MemoryCare is unique in treating family and patient together as well as serving all who are in need, regardless of income.  The disease is so stressful that Caregiver health is often seriously compromised which, in turn, adversely effects the person with dementia.
Our world desperately needs MemoryCare for every family dealing with dementia.  Therefore, I donate as much as I can and hope that others will do the same so that this model of care can continue to grow and spread to all in need. Regina passed on now, but I am grateful to MemoryCare for as long as I live, and I committed to leave part of my remaining estate to continue that gratitude after I, too, have passed on.

Sharron K. St. John, Caregiver