At the end of 2014, RDNA established the agency’s first endowment with a grant from the Next Generation Foundation of Maine. The foundation trustees stated, “by awarding this grant, we are in essence partnering with others who have already been supporting RDNA.”
The endowment allows RDNA to
- responsibly increase nursing capacity beyond the current limitations, meeting the growing need
- address emerging community health needs
- work with emergency management partners in times of community disaster and pandemic
- absorb future operating expense increases
RDNA endowment funds are invested for growth with the Maine Community Foundation. A percentage of the endowment’s value is made available each year to support the work of RDNA.
A gift to an RDNA endowment fund will grow over time, contributing to your legacy in the Rockland area community. Donations may be made to the RDNA Endowment and these named endowment funds ~ donate ONLINE or mail a check to RDNA Endowment Funds, PO Box 1713, Rockland, ME. Please note the chosen fund on the check.
Gifts other than cash or marketable securities, such as real estate or with special requests attached, must be accepted by the RDNA Board of Directors per the agency Gift Acceptance Policy. Please inform RDNA of your plans.
RDNA Talbot Home Fund
Purpose: general operations
This fund was established with a generous gift from The Talbot Home upon the closing of the home in July 2014. For much of the last century, The Talbot Home, formerly known as the Home for Aged Women, was a beloved community resource for aging residents. From RDNA founding nurse Eliza Steele’s early affiliation with the Home for Aged Women, to recent RDNA nurses providing services to The Talbot Home residents at the time of its closing, these two community agencies together worked to help care for area seniors. Photo of Rockland Talbot House is courtesy of Tripadvisor.
RDNA Nancy K Lewis Memorial Fund
Purpose: general operations
On March 1, 2015, Nancy Lewis, RN passed away. For decades, she held nursing leadership roles first at Knox Hospital and later PenBay. Many RDNA nurses worked with Nancy Lewis over the course of their careers. Upon her retirement in the late 1990s, she trained and became the first parish nurse for the Rockland Congregational Church. From 2007 until her passing, she served as the RDNA Nursing Committee Chair on the Board of Directors, with much of RDNA’s current nursing success directly attributable to her wealth of knowledge, astute insight, professional integrity and love of community nursing.
From January 2018 through January 2020, the Rockland Congregational Church revived their annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival, under the direction of Nancy Lewis’ daughter Susan Lewis Baines and with proceeds benefiting this fund.
See the Nancy K Lewis Memorial Fund flyer.
RDNA Lucy French Brown Memorial Fund
Purpose: general operations & scholarship
This fund is not receiving donations.
Lucy French Brown graduated from Rockland District High School in 1932, and became a graduate nurse from the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1939. She married Dr. Freeman Brown (also RDHS class of 1932), and worked closely with him in his practice. During WWII, when he was called to serve, Lucy Brown returned to run the obstetrical service at the Knox County General Hospital. She was a great admirer of Eliza Steele’s, and the services RDNA provided to the community. She was firmly committed to a healthy community and a strong, sustainable nursing profession.
RDNA is indebted to Lucy French Brown’s sister-in-law and late RDNA Board member, Katherine Brown, for ensuring this fund and RDNA were lovingly nurtured.
Please contact RDNA for scholarship information.