St. Joseph's Foundation recognized for model stewardship

Phillies AwardsMembers of the St. Joseph's Foundation staff pose with their award.

CHICAGO, ILL (November 1, 2020) – St. Joseph’s Foundation in Phoenix, Ariz. was recognized with the Model Stewardship 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 Model Stewardship Award recognizes outstanding examples of donor intent evidenced by transferring contributed funds back to the facilities served. CommonSpirit recognizes that while it is important to celebrate funds raised, it is within our hospitals that donor dollars make their impact on our patients and communities. This award looks not only at the total funds transferred but also at improvement in transfers year over year and transfers as they compare to fundraising expenses.

This year’s Model Stewardship Award recipient, St. Joseph’s Foundation, transferred over $14.5 million to St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center in fiscal year 2019 which represented a 210 percent increase year over year. This extraordinary transfer amounted to nearly 10 times the foundation’s annual operating expenses.“

"We are honored to be recognized by our system office,” commented Terri Hoffman, President and Chief Philanthropy Officer of St. Joseph’s Foundation. “Our ability to transfer a significant amount of dollars from the foundation to the hospital was a collaborative effort between our Arizona Division finance team, foundation board of directors and foundation leadership. It is critical for a foundation to ensure donor intent, and this more than $14 million transferred in fiscal year 2019 delivered on our commitment to donor stewardship.”

Founded nearly four decades ago, St. Joseph’s Foundation, raises millions annually for patient care, medical education, community outreach, research, and programs and equipment for those in need at Arizona's St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. As the hospital grows to meet the needs of its community, the foundation recently transferred $10 million toward the expansion effort. 

Donations from the community are funding a newly initiated Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Joseph’s, much needed labor and delivery beds for the hospital’s Mommy & Baby Care, a new da Vinci surgical robot system for transforming complicated surgeries into noninvasive procedures, as well as the buildout of a cancer treatment clinic at St. Joseph’s Westgate.

In fiscal year 2019, the foundation received a gift designation of more than $3 million toward streamlining services, expanding staff, and enhancing care at the newly created Eller Lung Transplant Clinic at St. Joseph’s Norton Thoracic Institute. Elsewhere, a generous $2 million gift was made to support nursing education for the hospital’s leading nurses program in partnership with Creighton University.

Other nominees for this year’s Model Stewardship Award included Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation (Bardstown, Ky.), Mercy Health Foundation (Durango, Colo.), Sequoia Hospital Foundation (Redwood City, Calif.), St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation (San Francisco, Calif.), and St. Vincent Foundation (Little Rock Ark.).

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.