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Dignity Health Honored as Top-Performing Fundraiser

Dignity Health Philanthropy named 2016 top-performing fundraiser.SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 3, 2017)  -- Dignity Health has again been ranked among the top 10 high-performing health care fundraisers in North America by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP). This is the second year in a row that Dignity Health has been honored with this distinction.

AHP recently recognized 52 U.S. and Canadian development organizations, primarily foundations affiliated with nonprofit hospitals or health systems, as high-performing for fiscal year 2015 as part of its 2016 Report on Giving.

The top 10 U.S.-based organizations included Dignity Health as well as Children's Hospital of Los Angeles; Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation; Sutter Health; Miami Children's Health Foundation; Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center; Boston Medical Center; Hoag Hospital Foundation; UMass School of Medicine; and Medstar Health.

AHP's Report on Giving defines high performers as organizations that raise more net funds than 75 percent of all responding institutions. In FY 2015, the median amount raised by high performers was more than $11.9 million in the U.S. and $14.4 million in Canada.

AHP is a not-for-profit, international professional organization dedicated exclusively to development professionals who encourage charity in North America's health care organizations. It has 5,000 members representing more than 2,200 health care facilities.

Dignity Health has 31 foundations across its service areas in Arizona, California and Nevada that provide essential fundraising support to assist in realizing its mission of providing compassionate, patient-centered care on an individual level.

With 1.5 million charities nationwide, competition for local philanthropic support is high. Last year Dignity Health Philanthropy collectively raised nearly $113 million to support areas including community outreach, general capital, mission services and research, among others. Dignity Health Philanthropy’s goal is to continue to increase fundraising annually by a minimum of 7 percent, with the ultimate goal of reaching over $250 million raised annually.

This is accomplished in many ways, but with a specific eye toward cultivating major donors, those with the generosity and capacity to make gifts of $10,000 or greater.  High performers in AHP’s study generally emphasized major gifts and corporate giving as their major fundraising sources. They also allocated more of their resources to research and fewer resources to capital equipment.

Dignity Health Philanthropy thanks its benefactors and champions for their continued support of and contributions to the foundations as they continue to build a culture of gratitude around their system and in their communities.