Baptist Health announces Securing Tomorrow Together, its first comprehensive fundraising campaign
October 15, 2015 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Health announced the public phase of Securing Tomorrow Together, a $100 million comprehensive campaign that will fund strategic needs and priorities across the entire health system, including capital improvements and program enhancements.
“Philanthropy is critical to our future as we fulfill our mission to the community. There is so much that we have been doing, and want to be able to do, that will never be adequately reimbursed. Yet, these programs are essential in caring for the most vulnerable, as well as introducing innovation in enhancing patient care and promoting good health,” said Hugh Greene, president and CEO of Baptist Health. “We see philanthropy as an investment in the health of our community!”
The campaign’s silent phase began in 2013 after lengthy discussions with leaders throughout the community as well as the health system, said Pierre N. Allaire, chief development officer and vice president for Baptist Health Foundation. Baptist Health includes four adult hospitals and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, the region’s only children’s hospital.
“The campaign theme emerged from those discussions and from the strategic priorities they identified,” Allaire said. “It’s an unprecedented effort to engage the community in the future of health care in Northeast Florida and I’m so grateful for the dedication of our campaign chair and community volunteers.”
Richard L. Sisisky, campaign chair, said, “I wholeheartedly believe that a gift to this campaign is an investment in the future of our community. A sustainable, strong health system is an incredible asset which is why I’m so honored to be a part of this ambitious initiative.”
Early supporters of the campaign agree. Michelle Stys and her late husband, Walter, made a significant gift and bequest commitment to Wolfson Children’s Hospital to establish endowments that will provide permanent support for pediatric neuroscience and programs that serve medically fragile babies and children. To recognize their transformational support, the Neuroscience Institute at Wolfson Children’s was renamed the Walter and Michelle Stys Neuroscience Institute. Through the Baptist Health endowment matching program, their gift will be matched at 150 percent so the earnings will support the program in perpetuity.
The campaign support has even reached beyond the walls of the five hospitals. “It’s encouraging to see the impact philanthropy has made across the communities we serve as we build and expand programs to serve those who are in need,” added Audrey Moran, senior vice president for Social Responsibility and Community Advocacy.
To date, $70 million has been raised for the campaign in gifts and pledges. “The public phase of a campaign is often the most challenging,” Allaire said. “But I am confident we will reach our goal of $100 million by the time we end this fund drive in 2018.”
To make a gift online or to learn more Securing Tomorrow Together, visit foundation.baptistjax.com/campaign. To speak to a development director at Baptist Health Foundation, call 904.202.2919.