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St. Helena Hospital Foundation Named Top Eighteen High-Performer of 2011


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St. Helena Hospital Foundation Named Top Eighteen High-Performer of 2011

January 25, 2013, St. Helena, CA. The St. Helena Hospital Foundation has been honored by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)—the foremost authority for standards and leadership in health care philanthropy—for its exemplary performance in raising funds for its local communities’ health care needs. The St. Helena Foundation is one of fourteen U.S. and four Canadian hospital and health care foundations honored by the AHP out of more than 2,200 eligible organizations.

"We believe this honor says a great deal about the quality and dedication of our Foundation Board of Directors," says Joe Wender, Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors. "The programs selected were classified in the top 75th percentile in total revenue of all hospital foundations, an extraordinary accomplishment for a hospital of our size. Our Foundation showed exceptional Return on Investment figures, averaging $5.87 raised for every $1 in costs, indicating great efficiency in ensuring that donations are going directly to the intended cause." The survey was completed for FY 2011, and preliminary totals for St. Helena Hospital Foundation in 2012 also indicate a similar balance in revenue and efficiency.

In a community with a strong tradition of generous support for health care, the Foundation helps give shape and purpose to that generosity through numerous campaigns, such as the Annual Gala. The much-anticipated community event nets over $1M annually. These efforts have funded projects like the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center and Project Transform, a recently completed multi-million dollar campaign to refurbish and renovate throughout the hospital. As a measure of the extraordinary effectiveness of the hospital Foundation, the campaign for Project Transform was expected to last three years. It was fully funded in fifteen months.

David Duncan, Board Chair in 2011-2012, credits this success to the teamwork between physicians, employees, and the Foundation Board of Directors, and their ability to project their sense of mission. "We couldn’t do what we do without them," says Duncan. "People here don’t have to be persuaded to get involved: they simply say, how can we help get this done? They have an amazing ability to connect, and serve as a bridge between that passion for giving and the needs where it can make such a difference."

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