Susan Cooper A Message from the President & CEO

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Susan Cooper

A Message from the President & CEO

My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this worldwide pandemic. During times of crisis, we often come together in ways we've never come together before. We set aside insignificant things and shift our focus to what really matters most in life...the people we love and care about. As I reflect on the past months since things began to unfold with the coronavirus (COVID-19), I am humbled by and grateful for the work of our local emergency responders, hospital professionals, and other workers who are making it possible for people to get health care services, food, supplies and medications. These "Community Heroes" lend courage, strength and sacrifice through their service to others.

Being in the retirement living business, we at Morningstar Living have a monumental responsibility to take care of and protect the people we serve..."in health and in sickness." Caring for and protecting the residents and the clients we serve is what we do. We are responsible for hundreds of residents living at our two campuses in Nazareth, and the clients we provide in-home support and care to, who are living in their homes throughout the Lehigh Valley. Our residents and our clients rely on us 24/7/365. For this reason, we've taken some very extraordinary measures to limit the risk of infection and prevent the spread of the virus in our communities:

As I think about these extraordinary changes that we've made in a short period of time, I am in awe of my team members, who come to work faithfully and work tirelessly around the clock to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our team of Nurses, CNAs, Caregivers, Social Services, Wellness, Physical Therapy, Neighborhood and Community Life, Culinary Services, Maintenance and Security, Groundskeeping, Housekeeping, Transportation, IT and Administration...these are the Morningstar Living Heroes.

Yes, the world has certainly changed as a result of COVID-19, and so have we at Morningstar Living. Who knows how long we'll be dealing with this pandemic and its' aftermath? And while there may be more changes and uncertainty in the months that lie ahead, there is one thing of which I am absolutely certain...the mission and core purpose of Morningstar Living has never been more important.

"Making a enriching life's journey for all we serve."

Ways to Give. There are many Ways to Give to Moravian Hall Square, and gifts of any kind are always gratefully received.


Cash and Outright Gifts

To make an outright or pledged gift, please make your gift conveniently through our secure donation site:




Matching and Special Affiliation Gifts

Morningstar Living Foundation is registered as a Silver Guide Star Charitable organization.  Donor gifts may qualify for matching funds from your employer or other affiliation.  Please check with your company charitable giving policy.  This strategy can often DOUBLE your donation!

Additionally, Morningstar Senior Foundation is registered to receive Thrivent Choice Dollars.  Click here to see more.

igive_button By clicking the iGive icon and registering as a supporter of Morningstar Living, you can benefit from secure online shopping at more than 700 stores in the iGive shopping mall!  It’s convenient, safe and another way to provide charitable support!  Try it – you’ll be glad you did!

Morningstar Living Foundation is registered with Amazon SMILE.  Of your qualified Amazon purchases, .05% of the dollar amount spent are directed to the Good Samaritan Fund.  Register today if you shop on Amazon!

Other Means of Giving

MAKING GIFTS FROM YOUR IRA – using your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD)Giving_IRA Benefits graphic

Donors who are at least 70 and ½ have a special gifting opportunity from their IRA!

Talk to your financial advisor to find out how you might benefit from this government approved way to directly gift from your IRA to a qualified charitable organization like Morningstar Living.  Gifting a portion of your required minimum distribution (limit is $100,000/year) can benefit your tax exposure in multiple ways. 

Benefits: There are numerous benefits to Qualified Charitable Distributions.

  1. If you take the standard deduction, doing your gifting through an IRA rollover is a vast improvement, because otherwise, you pay income tax on the amount of your charitable gifts!
  2. The IRA rollover gift counts towards your Required Minimum Distribution.
  3. You may reduce the amount of your Social Security income that is taxable.
  4. You may reduce the rate of tax on your Social Security income.
  5. You may reduce the cost of your Medicare premiums.
  6. You may avoid a higher income tax and/or capital gains tax rates.
  7. Upper income families may partially avoid the phase-out of itemized deductions and personal exemptions, and the 3.8% Medicare surtax.

Disallowed – You may not fund a charitable gift annuity, a Donor Advised Fund, a trust, or a private foundation with IRA rollover gifts.

It’s about YOU – Your unique tax situation determines your benefits. Please consult your tax or financial advisor for insights into your tax circumstances. Remember; money left in your retirement accounts is taxed at your heirs’ tax rates or higher!

The IRA rollover gift is a great way to fulfill your charitable intentions while helping your favorite charity. This works for your annual church or synagogue tithe, also!

For more information, please contact Mollie Santee, Executive Director of the Morningstar Living Foundation (610-746-1002 /

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STOCK – gifts of stock can provide donors with an attractive way to provide charitable support while offering an attractive tax benefit on stock gains or losses.

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PLANNED GIFTS – You can offer support for the mission and purpose of a beloved organization in lifetime and estate giving plans. By discussing a variety of gift options with Morningstar Senior Living and your trusted financial advisor, you can determine the best giving vehicles for your charitable support.

What are some forms of Planned Giving?

Will – naming Morningstar Living as a beneficiary with a determined gift amount or percentage in your listing. A specific allocation can be discussed with Mollie Santee at Morningstar to make sure that your gift is directed to a charitable need area important to you.

Charitable Gift Annuity –   Funds may be gifted to establish an income-generating fund that provides lifetime income to you (and a spouse or other) with the residual of the fund going to charitable funds at Morningstar Living upon your death. Income levels are determined by the age of the annuity holder and the date established.

 Charitable Remainder Trusts – There are many additional vehicles to benefit the people and organizations dear to you. Your unique circumstances and desired outcomes influence the determination of the right vehicle for you to choose. Please schedule a time to discuss options with a certified financial advisor.

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MATCHING GIFTS – you can multiply the impact of your generosity by taking advantage of your company’s matching gift program. Check with your employee benefits office to find out if your company will match your gift. Please complete the appropriate forms and enclose with your gift.

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IN KIND GIFTS – equipment and service needs are identified through the Wish List and Administration. Individuals and organizations may chose to provide the item or service directly. This form of giving is greatly appreciated and is handled by the appropriate Moravian Hall Square contact. Inquiries should be by phone or in person.



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