Helping Us Deliver the Highest Level of Care

Good Shepherd Hospice depends on the generosity and kindness of donors like you to support our mission and daily operations provided by the agency. Please consider the opportunities for giving to Good Shepherd Hospice and help us to fulfill our vision for care for all of our patients across Long Island.

How to Donate

Good Shepherd Hospice is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt institution. All gifts are tax deductible. We live in challenging times, but your support, no matter how large or small, will make a difference.

Donate Online

By check (make checks payable to Good Shepherd Hospice):

Good Shepherd Hospice/Development Department
110 Bi-County Blvd, Suite 114
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Call 631-465-6350 and pay by credit card or request a donation envelope to be sent to you.

EIN Number: 112958438.

Join Us for Lights of Love

Our 21st Annual Lights of Love ceremony will be held virtually on Tuesday, November 30, and Thursday, December 1, at 6:00 p.m.

This year, Good Shepherd Hospice staff, volunteers and families will gather from home as we remember those who have passed. This virtual bereavement ceremony will follow tradition by placing an ornament on the tree in your loved one's honor. The ceremony will conclude with the lighting of the Christmas tree and Menorah to symbolize that, in spite of the darkness of their absence and depth of pain, the light of their life and presence continues to shine in our hearts and in our memories.

The video presentation will be aired on YouTube. Emails are requested with your RSVP to ensure guests are able to view the event from their smart TV, computer, tablet or phone.

Lights of Love

Memorial and Tribute Donations

Displayed in the serene setting of the Good Shepherd Hospice Centers in Port Jefferson and Rockville Centre, NY, the Arthur Kerley Memorial Tree of Life and the Grant Thornton, LLP Donor Wall showcase elegant memorial wall mountings that pay tribute to the memory of your loved ones. 

You can also make a donation to the Good Shepherd Hospice Memorial Garden by purchasing a memorial brick.

Call our Development Department at 631-465-6350 for more information.


AK Tree of Life

Located at the Good Shepherd Hospice Center in Port Jefferson, NY, the Arthur Kerley Memorial Tree of Life has been a dedicated tradition since our opening in 2008 for families and friends to honor loved ones who have died. Memorial donations for the Tree of Life are accepted at the following levels:

  • Small Copper Leaf—$500 minimum donation
  • Small Aluminum Leaf—$1,000 minimum donation
  • Large Aluminum Leaf—$1,500 minimum donation
  • Large Brass Leaf—$2,000 minimum donation
  • Stone at Base of Tree—$5,000 minimum donation

​​​​Grant Thornton

In Rockville Centre, NY, the Grant Thornton, LLP Donor Wall is available for families and friends to honor their loved ones. Memorial donations for this donor wall are accepted at the following levels:

  • Small Blue Tile—$500 minimum donation
  • Medium Tan Tile—$1,000 minimum donation
  • Large Blue Tile—$2,500 minimum donation
  • Large Grey Tile—$5,000 minimum donation

GSH Memorial Garden

Located at the Good Shepherd Hospice Center in Port Jefferson, the Good Shepherd Hospice Center Memorial Garden is available for families and friends to honor their loved ones in our outdoor gathering space featuring a waterfall and beautiful greenery. Memorial donations for the Good Shepherd Hospice Memorial Garden can be made by purchasing a brick for $250.

Planned Giving

A planned gift is a donation arranged today and allocated at a future date. Making a planned gift is a wonderful way to show your support and appreciation for Good Shepherd Hospice and its mission while accommodating your own personal, financial, estate-planning and philanthropic goals.

With smart planning, you may actually increase the size of your estate and/or reduce the tax burden on your heirs. Just as important, you will know that you have made a meaningful contribution to ensure the future of Good Shepherd Hospice.

A gift through your will or living trust costs you nothing now but provides support to Good Shepherd Hospice after your lifetime. You may secure a charitable estate-tax deduction for the value of your gift. 

How it works:

  • You include a gift in your will, or living trust, to provide support to us after your lifetime.  
  • Make your bequest unrestricted or direct it to a specific purpose.
  • Your bequest can be general (cash or a percentage), residuary (provide for your heirs first then the balance remaining is passed on to Good Shepherd Hospice), or a contingent bequest given only under circumstances you describe.


  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • You can modify your gift to address changing circumstances.
  • You can direct your gift to a particular purpose (be sure to check with us to make sure your gift can be used as intended).
  • Secure a charitable estate-tax deduction for the value of your gift, which reduces the tax burden of your estate.
  • Knowing your generosity will support our mission for years to come.

How it works:

  • You transfer appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual fund shares you have owned for more than one year to Good Shepherd Hospice.
  • Qualify to receive an income tax deduction for the full fair-market value of the stock upon being sold.


  • You receive an immediate income tax deduction for the full fair-market value of the securities on the date of the transfer (even if you originally paid much less for them).
  • Avoid long-term capital-gain taxes on any appreciation in the value of the stock.
  • Giving appreciated stock can be more beneficial than giving cash. The “cost” of your gift is often less than the deduction you gain by making it.

Long Term Retirement Gifts

  • You name or designate Good Shepherd Hospice as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k) or other qualified retirement plan.
  • Funds are transferred by your plan administrator as a beneficiary upon death or as an immediate IRA rollover gift.
  • Tell Good Shepherd Hospice about your beneficiary designation gift. Your plan administrator is not obligated to notify us. If you don’t tell us then we may not know.

Immediate IRA Rollover Gifts

  • You must be age 70½ or older at the time of the gift.
  • Transfers must be made directly from your traditional or Roth IRA by your IRA administrator to Good Shepherd Hospice.
  • Annual maximum donation is $100,000, per individual. (Two spouses may each give $100,000 per year.)
  • Counts toward your required minimum distribution for the year in which you make the gift.


  • No federal estate tax on the gifted funds and, as a non-profit organization, we can use 100 percent of your gift.
  • Continue to take regular lifetime withdrawals.
  • Maintain flexibility to change beneficiaries if your family’s needs change during your lifetime.
  • Your heirs avoid the potential double taxation on the assets left in your retirement account.

How it works:

  • You transfer all or part of the proceeds of your insurance policy to Good Shepherd Hospice.
  • Designate Good Shepherd Hospice as an irrevocable beneficiary to receive an income tax deduction.
  • Good Shepherd Hospice may surrender the policy for its cash value.
  • Name Good Shepherd Hospice as a beneficiary of your policy upon death.


  • Make a gift using an asset that you no longer need for family protection.
  • Receive an income tax deduction equal to the cash surrender value of the policy.
  • If premiums remain to be paid, you can receive income tax deductions for contributions to Good Shepherd Hospice to pay these premiums.
  • You can make a substantial gift on the installment plan.

Save the Date: 20th Anniversary Celebration Brunch

Join us on April 24, 2022, at our anniversary brunch benefiting the two inpatient centers and in-home hospice care services of Good Shepherd Hospice.

To commemorate this occasion, we’re showcasing 20 years of Good Shepherd Hospice services with a scrolling digital journal that includes our Memorial Sponsorship Opportunities to honor loved ones.

Contact the Development Office at 631-828-7691 or for more information.

Get tickets and view sponsorship opportunities

Hospice Celebration Lunch