Friends of Mercy Foundation recognized with Quality Improvement Award

Phillies AwardsFriends of Mercy Foundation team members.

CHICAGO, ILL (October 1, 2020) – Friends of Mercy Foundation in Bakersfield, Calif. was recognized with the Quality Improvement 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 Quality Improvement Award celebrates the CommonSpirit Health affiliated fundraising entity that has demonstrated the most significant improvement in the past year. Specifically, the criteria evaluate improvement in the areas of overall fundraising revenue, fundraising revenue per full time employee, cost per dollar raised, and transfers to the entities supported by their programs.

This year’s Quality Improvement Award recipient, Friends of Mercy Foundation, supports Kern County’s Mercy Hospital Downtown and Mercy Hospital Southwest in California’s Central Valley. In its more than three decades, the foundation has raised in excess of $30 million to support community outreach programs, technological advances, and patient care services at the Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield.

Driving a year of exceptional results, the foundation’s capital campaign supporting the $248 million expansion of Mercy Hospital Southwest has seen two generous $1 million gifts. In addition to their campaign work, the foundation staff began participating in regular hospital rounding and debriefs, resulting in an increase of projects and equipment identified for foundation funding and support. This has led to an increase in hospital transfers and good-will among hospital staff and leadership.

“We were beyond excited when we heard Friends of Mercy was nominated, and to win was more than we ever imagined,” noted Toni Harper, Vice President of Philanthropy at Friends of Mercy Foundation. “Our team is deeply committed to the mission of Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield, and it is our honor and privilege to support the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy. This award is a recognition of the dedication by the entire team and our Board of Directors.”

Friends of Mercy Foundation increased their fundraising revenue in fiscal year 2019 by 70 percent and increased their fundraising revenue per full time employee by 85 percent. Concurrently, the foundation decreased their fundraising expenses by 5 percent and lowered their cost per dollar raised by nearly 45 percent. Overall, they increased their transfers to the hospitals they serve by over 10 percent and their transfer multiple by nearly 20 percent.

Other nominees for this year’s Quality Improvement award included Catholic Health Initiatives St. Alexius Health (Carrington, N.D.), Dignity Health Foundation –Inland Empire (San Bernardino, Calif.), French Hospital Medical Center Foundation (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Saint Joseph’s Hospital Foundation (Lexington, Ky.).

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.