CommonSpirit Health Southeast Division recognized for outstanding philanthropic performance

Phillies Awards

CHICAGO, ILL (September 1, 2020) – CommonSpirit Health®’s Southeast Division was recognized with the Top Performing Division 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.

Unlike the other Phillies awards, the Top Performing Division category showcases collaboration among multiple fundraising entities rather than the accomplishments of any individual office. The selection criteria is based on combined division results across three categories. First, the division must achieve a combined cost per dollar raised of no more than $0.35. Second, the division’s combined transfers to the entities they support must be at least twice their combined operating expenses. Finally, fundraising entities within the division must demonstrate a well-balanced fundraising program. A well-balanced program is defined as having significant revenue in five of the seven fundraising programs (annual support, special events, major gifts, campaign gifts, government gifts, corporate and foundation gifts, and planned gifts).

The Southeast Division, this year’s Top Performing Division recipient, is comprised of CHI Memorial Foundation(Chattanooga, Tenn.), Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation(Bardstown, Ky.), Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation(Cincinnati, Ohio), Saint Joseph Berea Hospital Foundation(Berea, Ky.), Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation(Lexington, Ky.), Saint Joseph-London Foundation(London, Ky.), Saint Joseph-Mount Sterling Foundation(Mt. Sterling, Ky.), St. Vincent Foundation(Little Rock, Ark.), and Trinity Health Foundation(Steubenville, Ohio). Combined, these fundraising entities serve hospitals and communities across Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.

“On behalf of Laura Cook at St. Vincent Foundation, Jennifer Nicely at CHI Memorial Healthcare System Foundation, Catherine Poludnaik at the Trinity Health Foundation, and Mary Rafferty at Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, we are honored to have been selected as the Top Performing Division at the annual Phillies Awards,” commented Leslie B. Smart, President of CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations. “We’ve strived as a division to improve our year-over-year performance in fundraising revenue, increase support to our hospitals and facilities, and at the same time enhance stewardship to maximize the gifts we receive from grateful patients and the community.”

The Southeast Division achieved a well-balanced fundraising program while successfully increasing fundraising revenue by more than 50 percent over the previous fiscal year. The division’s cost per dollar raised was $0.13, significantly lower than the $0.35 award criteria. Finally, the division transferred nearly five times their operating expenses back to the entities they serve.

“The development teams across the southeast division are doing incredible work on behalf of our ministry and the communities we serve,” remarked Larry Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer of CommonSpirit Health’s Southeast Division. “I thank them for their continued commitment to our markets, and congratulate them on this accomplishment. We honor the critical role philanthropy plays in the care of our patients in all areas of our hospitals and beyond.”

Other nominees for this year’s Top Performing Division Award were the California Coast Division, Centura –Colorado and Kansas Division, Greater Sacramento Division, MercyOne –Iowa Division, and the Southwest Division.

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.