Tribute Giving

Tribute Giving

Saddleback Memorial Foundation offers several ways to celebrate or memorialize loved ones, friends and caregivers through tribute gifts.

In Honor Of

Guardian Angel Program

A thoughtful way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other holiday such as Mother's or Father's Day is to make a contribution to Saddleback Memorial Foundation in honor of someone special. Upon making your gift, the Foundation sends your honoree a tribute card notifying him or her of your gift without specifying the dollar amount.

Grateful patients and their families who want to thank their nurse, physician or other caregiver who made a difference in the care they received at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center can make a tribute gift through the Guardian Angel program. Whether you want to give thanks to the doctor who saved your life or the nurse who took care of your newborn baby, a Guardian Angel gift is a thoughtful way to express your gratitude.

View the list of Guardian Angel honorees from this past year.

In Memory Of

Saddleback Memorial Foundation offers several ways to celebrate or memorialize loved ones, friends and caregivers through tribute gifts.

Giving a gift in memory of a family member or friend is a meaningful way to pay tribute to that person's life. Donors often choose to designate gifts to specific service areas of Saddleback Medical Center or programs/services that made a difference in the care of their loved ones.

In Lieu of Flowers – Wording for Funeral Announcements

As a thank you for the care loved ones received at our hospital, families sometimes ask guests to give to Saddleback Medical Center, a nonprofit hospital, in lieu of flowers. Below is sample wording that can be used on a funeral announcement or program:

In lieu of flowers, the [NAME] family requests a gift to MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center, which can be made through Saddleback Memorial Foundation. Please designate your gift to: Area of Greatest Need or [Name of Fund].

  1. Online: - Visit and click GIVE NOW.
    - Select the Fund in the drop-down menu where you would like your gift to be designated.
    - Complete the tribute information on the form.
  2. Mail: Make check payable to Saddleback Memorial Foundation, 24451 Health Center Dr., Laguna Hills, CA 92653. Write “In memory of [Name]” in the memo.
  3. Phone: Call the Foundation at (949) 452-3724 to provide credit card and tribute information.

If you can, please notify the Foundation that gifts in honor of your loved one may be arriving at (949) 452-3724 or

While memoriam gifts can be given year-round, Tree of Light tribute gifts can be made during the holiday season. Tree of Light donations directly benefit MemorialCare Hospice & Palliative Services and the names of those honored and remembered are listed in the Tree of Light Book of Remembrance displayed in the Gary and Mary Damsker Chapel through the first week of January.