Community Giving

Upson recognizes its many charitable roles in the community, including responsible corporate citizenship and partnership in promoting quality of life. It is proud to be able to support a wide array of community endeavors that help strengthen and improve the overall health and wellness of the residents who live, work and play here.

We are most interested in supporting projects, programs and activities that address the health needs of vulnerable populations in the hospital’s service areas, improve access to health care or related services, increase opportunities for healthy lifestyles, health education and prevention activities, or provide an overall benefit to the quality of life in our primary service area. Decisions are made based on consistency with the hospital’s mission, the hospital’s Community Benefit Plan and funding availability.

Requests for support from Upson must be submitted in writing

Upson Regional Medical Center
Communications Department
P.O. Box 1059
Thomaston, GA 30286

Requests are reviewed for consideration on a monthly basis. The hospital must have the request at least two months prior to an event start date, and the start and end dates for the events must be provided. Please send written requests to:

Eligibility

  • Organizations with current tax-exempt status under Section 501c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations must be listed in the most current IRS 50 State Master at the time of application.
  • Recognized government entities for public purposes: State, County and City agencies, including law enforcement and fire departments.
  • K-12 Public Schools/Districts, Charter Schools, Community/Junior Colleges, and State Colleges.
  • Private schools and colleges with current tax-exempt status under Section 501x (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Civic Clubs.
  • Churches and other faith based organizations with current tax-exempt status under Section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and with proposed projects that address and benefit the needs of the community at large. Examples of such projects include:
    • Food Banks
    • Shelters

We Consider Requests from Organizations and Groups that:

  • Can demonstrate support exists within the community for the project
  • Can provide a full description of the funding required and how the funds will be used to meet the community need
  • Have a solid track of planning and executing programs that have a definitive impact on the community
  • Work collaboratively with other groups
  • Use ethical methods of fundraising
  • Address needs identified in our Community Benefit Plan

Funding Exclusions

  • Non-Institutional Multi-Year funding Agreements
  • Contests or pageants
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
  • Advertising, film or video projects
  • Individuals
  • Non-School-based Athletic sponsorships
  • Tickets for contests, raffles, or other activities with prizes
  • Capital campaigns and endowments
  • Organizations whose services are limited to its members

Upson takes its responsibilities as a corporate citizen seriously. Despite our non-profit status, we receive many of the same requests for assistance from worthy and admirable programs that local financial institutions, professional associations, retailers, service businesses and others often receive.

The challenge, then, is how to balance the measure of what we already contribute to the local community as a non-profit healthcare provider with our obligations as one of the area’s largest businesses and employers. Our budget for contributions is limited. Whether a request is for a cash donation, support for a local program or other opportunity, we will do our best to match our limited discretionary funds with community health needs.