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Allen Foundation Receives $1.4 Million Gift from Keith Baskins Estate

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Keith Baskins

Keith and Dorothea Baskins are already familiar names at Allen College for their generosity and the relationships they formed with the Allen Foundation and many others at UnityPoint Health.

It began as gratitude for the care they received at Allen Hospital in the years following heart surgery in 1982. That was part of the inspiration for opening an endowed scholarship fund in 1994 dedicated to aspiring nurses. Now the Allen Foundation has announced a $1.4 million gift that will go toward enhancing local health care services for decades to come.

Heather Wyckoff is the great niece of Keith and Dorothea’s small family and delivered the gift on behalf of the estate about one year after Keith’s passing.

“It was an honor to represent my family and see how big of an impact their donation will make,” Heather said. “I know my great aunt and uncle would be proud to know it will be put to such good use and that their donation will be doing such good for the community for years to come.”

The gift totals $1,413,232.99 and will be used for equipment upgrades at the Allen Hospital Heart & Vascular Center as well as provide additional support to the Keith M. and Dorothea W. Baskins Scholarship fund to ensure its lasting impact. The remaining funds will be used to lift the new Allen Legacy Program, a tuition reimbursement program for nurses who agree to stay in Waterloo to pursue a career and work in an area of need at Allen Hospital.

“We continue to be grateful for all of Keith and Dorothea’s generosity and contributions to promote high-quality health care in our community,” said Mike Lind, executive director of the Allen Foundation. “It is clear they have a deep appreciation for health care workers, and their support will help countless people.”