Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado Foundation recognized for the largest gift intention in the system

Phillies AwardsFoundation team members learning of their recognition.

CHICAGO, ILL (August 1, 2020) – Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado Foundation in Denver, Colo. was recognized with the Largest Gift Intention Phillies Award for fiscal year 2019. The annual Phillies Awards are a system-wide celebration recognizing the efforts and accomplishments achieved by CommonSpirit Health®’s affiliated fundraising entities.

“The Phillies are about celebrating our success together,” observed Fred Najjar, Executive Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer for CommonSpirit Health. “So often we are looking ahead to our next goal without pausing to recognize when we’ve achieved something great. The Phillies were created to give us that pause.”

The Largest Gift Intention Award recognizes the efforts of fundraising entities to gain commitments from donors to make future gifts. Such gift intentions are not yet bookable for financial statement purposes due to the revocable or conditional nature of their commitments. Gifts in this category may include revocable bequests and conditional pledges.

“On behalf of the Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado Foundation, I’m honored to celebrate this recognition and the sacred work of the foundation team, specifically Karen Midkiff, Joy Hess, and Lauri Wilson-Lacy,” remarked Josh Bailey, President of Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado Foundation. “To receive the Largest Gift Intention Award is a testament to our team’s commitment to maximizing relationships with our stakeholders. This deep trust was developed through strategic donor engagement as well as the generous spirit of the community to support our mission. We are grateful to help deliver on our shared vision for every community, every neighborhood, every life –whole and healthy.”

Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado Foundation’s team is widely respected for their efforts in solicitation and cultivation of gifts of this type. They have secured several of the largest revocable gifts in the system, including a $2.4 million gift intention, the largest of any of the CommonSpirit affiliated fundraising entities in the fiscal year. This generous commitment was the result of a two-decade long relationship. The donors are active in their community and were able to turn their personal passion into an opportunity to raise funds in support of the foundation, resulting in generous annual gifts and campaign commitments.

Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado Foundation supports programs and investments in diverse communities across Colorado and western Kansas. The foundation serves seventeen hospitals, two senior living communities, neighborhood health centers, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado. They provide funding for essential services on a need basis rather than the ability to pay, relying on charitable giving to cover services not reimbursed by government or private insurance plans as well as to finance improvements, equipment and access to care services.

Other nominees for this year’s Largest Gift Intention Award included Saint Francis Foundation (San Francisco, Calif), Sequoia Hospital Foundation (Redwood City, Calif.), and St. Joseph’s Foundation of San Juaquin (Stockton, Calif).

Twenty-one affiliated fundraising entities and six operating divisions were nominated for Phillies Awards this year. Awards were given in the categories of: Quality Improvement, Largest Gift Intention, Model Stewardship Award, Top Performing Division, Largest Philanthropic Gift, and Foundation of the Year.