Top 40 high-performing hospitals in philanthropy

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy recognized 52 U.S. and Canadian nonprofit organizations as high-performing fundraisers in the North American healthcare industry for fiscal year 2015. Forty of 52 were U.S. hospital systems.

The list is included in AHP's "2016 Report on Giving." The report defines high performers as organizations that raised more net funds than 75 percent of all institutions that responded to the survey. A total of 199 U.S. and 36 Canadian healthcare organizations submitted data on their fiscal year 2015 philanthropic activities.

The report found donations to nonprofit hospitals and healthcare systems in North America overall decreased by $82 million during fiscal year 2015, totaling $11.041 billion. However, total funds raised by U.S. healthcare institutions increased 0.2 percent from the year prior, to $9.651 billion.

AHP noted several key differences between high-performing organizations and other organizations surveyed.

  • High performers focused less on annual gifts and special events and put more emphasis on major gifts and corporate giving as their primary fundraising sources.

  • High performers allocated more of their resources to research and fewer resources to capital equipment. In the U.S., 13.5 percent of high performers' resources were allocated to research versus 6.4 percent of resources at other organizations.

  • High-performing healthcare organizations in the U.S. reported net fundraising revenue nearly seven times higher than for all other institutions ($21.1 million vs. $3 million, respectively). The median amount raised by high performers was about $11.9 million.

Out of the top 52 high-performing fundraisers, 40 were U.S. hospital systems. Below are the top 10 performers.

    1. Dignity Health (San Francisco)
    2. Children's Hospital Los Angeles
    3. Seattle Children's Hospital
    4. Sutter Health (Sacramento)
    5. Miami Children's Health System
    6. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
    7. Boston Medical Center
    8. Hoag Hospital (Newport Beach, Calif.)
    9. UMass School of Medicine (Shrewsberry, Ma.)
    10. MedStar Health (Columbia, Md.)

Here are the rest of the high-performing hospital systems in the U.S., listed in alphabetical order.

    1. Advocate Health Care (Downers Grove, Ill.)
    2. Allegheny Health Network (Pittsburgh)
    3. Aspen (Colo.) Valley Hospital
    4. Banner Health (Phoenix)
    5. Beaumont Health (Royal Oak, Mich.)
    6. BJC Healthcare (St. Louis)
    7. Boca Raton (Fla.) RegionalHospital
    8. Community Hospital Foundation (Monterey, Calif.)
    9. Cook Children's Health (Fort Worth, Texas)
    10. Craig Hospital (Englewood, Colo.)
    11. Einstein Healthcare Network (Philadelphia)
    12. Florida Hospital (Orlando)
    13. Hackensack Meridian (Neptune, N.J.)
    14. Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City)
    15. Houston Methodist
    16. Integris Health (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
    17. Intermountain Health (Salt Lake City)
    18. Lee Memorial Health System (Fort Myers, Fla.)
    19. Lehigh Valley Health Network (Allentown, Pa.)
    20. LifeBridge Health (Baltimore)
    21. Mercy Health (Cincinnati)
    22. Parkland Health & Hospital System (Dallas)
    23. Piedmont Healthcare (Atlanta)
    24. Sacred Heart Health System (Pensacola, Fla.)
    25. Sanford Health (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
    26. SCL Health (Denver)
    27. Sharp HealthCare (San Diego)
    28. Spectrum Health (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
    29. St. Joseph Health System (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
    30. Vail (Colo.) Valley Medical Center

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