There are a number of options for giving to The Highlands at Pittsford

To learn about options for giving to The Living Center, our skilled nursing home, click here.
For information on the funds that support the overall Highlands at Pittsford community, please click here.

Your thoughtfulness and generosity are very much appreciated.

Giving to The Living Center

As a not-for-profit organization, The Living Center is many times dependent upon private donations to further enhance the environment and overall livelihood of our residents.  Projects that are seemingly a distant dream can become a reality with support from friends and families.  We have various donor opportunities, many of which provide lasting recognition of your loved one or anyone you designate.

There are several ways you can support The Living Center. Click on the plus sign to learn about each option.


The Living Center General Fund

The fund provides support to a wide array of worthy endeavors at The Living Center.  Your donation makes possible things like an aquarium for our 1st Floor Residents or a power wheelchair for a Resident.  Giving to the General Fund provides us with flexibility in providing financial support to the area of greatest need.

Creative Care Neighborhood

We’re leading the way back home…
Our Creative Care Neighborhood is only possible with support from the families and friends of The Living Center.  There are many ways you can show your support and perhaps celebrate the life of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.  The Giving Tree is displayed at the entrance to The Neighborhood, adorned with dozens of leaves, clouds in the “sky” above it, and stones surrounding its trunk.

Levels of Support:
Cloud – $5,000 Installs a elegant cloud above The Giving Tree engraved with the name of the donor and if appropriate, the individual being honored.

Large Stone – $2,500 Installs a 7″ X 5″ bronze stone below The Giving Tree engraved with the name of the donor and, if appropriate, the individual being honored.

Small Stone – $1,000 Installs a 5″ X 3″ bronze stone below The Giving Tree engraved with the name of the donor and, if appropriate, the individual being honored.

Large Leaf – $500 Installs on the tree a 4″ X 1_” brass leaf engraved with the name of the donor OR the individual being honored.

Small Leaf – $250 Installs on the tree a 2″ X 1″ brass leaf engraved with the name of the donor OR the individual being honored


Thelma D. Mertz Memory Garden

Remembrance. Reminiscence. Rebirth.
The Thelma D. Mertz Memory Garden is designed to be a quiet place where Residents, families, and staff can reflect and remember.  It was created in 2007 and has become a beloved place on The Highlands’ campus.  The garden’s namesake was a compassionate nurse, an avid gardener, and a friend of The Living Center.

Currently the original designer of our Garden has returned to plan an addition to this beautiful area.  With so much interest from our families and friends, we need more space for plantings and seating areas installed to celebrate the life of a loved one.  Your support at the Guardian level will provide the funds needed to make our garden addition a reality.

Levels of Support:
Guardian – over $1500 Provides funds for the eternal maintenance of the garden as well as future additions.  Recognition of the person being memorialized/honored and the donor is uniquely and individually created.

Rest a While – up to $1500 Provides funds for teakwood benches, chairs, and other seating.  The name of the person being memorialized/honored and/or the donor will be displayed on a brass plaque on the furniture item.

Green Thumb – up to $500 Provides funds for plants, trees, and shrubs.  The name of the person being memorialized/honored and/or the donor will be displayed near the item(s) purchased on a flagstone plaque.

Bricklayer – $100 or more Each $100 donation will provide funds for one memorial brick that will outline the walkways of the garden.  Each brick will be inscribed with the name of the person being memorialized/honored.


Life Enhancement Committee

The Life Enhancement Committee is a group of dedicated staff who work to help our Residents Rediscover Life.  With a tremendous amount of input from Residents and family members, The Life Enhancement Committee undertakes various projects such as providing Life History Posters outside each Resident’s room or bringing an indoor gardening kiosk to our 1st Floor neighborhood.

Designating your donation to The Life Enhancement Committee will ensure that the funds needed to bring lastly joy to our Residents is readily available.


Employee Appreciation Fund

One of the single most important parts of The Living Center are the employees who go above and beyond for our Residents.  We enjoy recognizing our dedicated staff.  The Employee Appreciation Fund provides a way for families and friends to show their support for caregivers.

Because The Living Center has a very strict “no tipping” policy, The Employee Appreciation Fund is an acceptable and equitable way to recognize all the employees of The Living Center.  Thank you for your considerate support.


Chaplain's Fund

The Chaplain’s Fund supports the many spiritual services provided by Chaplain Jim Grobe.  Your donation would provide funds for conducting our Celebration of Life Memorial Services as well as much needed one-on-one support for Residents and their families.

Annual Giving

Many individuals set aside a designated amount per year for charitable donations.  We would be honored if part of your annual giving was directed to The Living Center.  Your gift could be specified to any of our funds and annually we will send you a reminder so that you can provide your gift in a timely manner allowing you to take advantage of any available tax deductions.

United Way Donor Designation

As a United Way Donor Designee, The Living Center takes part in the United Way of Greater Rochester’s annual campaign.  Whether through your place of employment or outside of work, your participation in the United Way campaign can help The Living Center.

Simply fill out the Donor Designation Form provided by your United Way coordinator and specify The Living Center.  Our donor designation number is 2465.


Tax-Wise Gift Giving

There are many ways in which friends of The Living Center can express their appreciation for the wonderful work which is done here.

Gifts of Assets
The simplest way to support The Living Center is through cash gifts, but creative gifts of assets can include appreciated assets such as securities or real estate. These can not only provide charitable deductions, but often offer additional tax savings as well.

Gifts by Will
Through various types of bequests for The Living Center, you may secure a charitable estate-tax deduction for the value of the gift. Best of all, you will know that your generosity will support The Living Center for years to come.

Gifts That Pay You Income
Do you want to help support The Living Center, but worry about having enough income for yourself and your loved ones? Life-income gifts, such as gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts can provide donors with an income stream, significant tax savings, and the satisfaction of supplying The Living Center with vital long-term resources.

Gifts of Retirement Fund Assets
You may consider using retirement fund assets to make a significant gift that will support The Living Center. Because of the estate and income-tax treatment of retirement fund assets, the cost of your gift to your estate and heirs is often relatively small.

Sending Donations

  • Send a check by mail to:
    The Living Center at The Highlands
    Attention: Cindy Hitchcock
    500 Hahnemann Trail
    Pittsford, NY  14534


  • Online Donation Form – Allows you to make a secure online donation directly to The Living Center using a major credit or debit card.  Note:  Donations are processed by The University of Rochester Gift Office as a courtesy to The Living Center.
  • Printed Donation Form – This form can be printed and mailed in either with a check or use of a major credit card.
  • Tax-Wise Gift Giving – Contact Cindy Hitchcock (see Cindy’s contact information on the next line)  

For more information on donating to The Living Center, please contact Cindy Hitchcock at (585) 389-1700 ext. 6280 or via email at

Giving to The Highlands at Pittsford

Please contact the Director of Finance at (585) 389-0982 for inquiries or to make a donation.

Resident Benevolent Fund

The purpose of this restricted fund is to provide financial assistance to residents at The Highlands as Pittsford who, through unforeseen circumstances, become unable to afford the monthly service fee in it’s entirety.  This fund helps residents in need remain in their homes.  To qualify for assistance from this fund, a resident must have lived at The Highlands for a minimum of five years. Contributions to this fund may be tax deductible. An acknowledgement letter will be provided for tax purposes.

The Resident Benevolent Fund was initially established in 2002 through contributions made in memory of former Highlands resident, Dr. David S. Parker.  This fund is managed by the Director of Finance according to its purpose.

Highlands Beautification Fund

The purpose of this fund is to beautify The Highlands campus. This fund was established in 2002.  Donations are often made by family and friends to this fund in memory of residents.  Items such as benches, signs, trees, and other landscaping have been purchased with this fund.

Employee Appreciation Fund

The Employee Appreciation Fund was established by residents as a way to show gratitude for service.  Contributions to this fund are accepted by residents in the fall and distributions are made during the holiday season to all non-salaried employees based on hours worked during the year.


This fund is coordinated by the Resident Council with bookkeeping assistance from the Finance Department.  Contributions to this fund may be tax deductible.  An acknowledgement letter will be provided for tax purposes.