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Charitable Giving for U.S. Health Care Rises a Tepid $241 Million in 2008, While Canadian Charitable Giving Plunges 13 Percent, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Reports
Date:10/26/2009

corporate, contributed 6.3 percent in 2008, also little changed from the year-earlier level. The AHP Report on Giving noted that, "the biggest change was other types, such as hospital auxiliaries, public agencies, civic groups, whose share rose from 7.0 percent to 16.2 percent."

As in previous years, the AHP Report on Giving found that funds raised in the U.S. for health care institutions in 2008 were largely used to support construction and renovation of facilities, although to a lesser extent than in 2007, followed by the purchase of equipment, general operations and community benefit programs.

During the same period, the largest portion of philanthropic funds raised by Canadian hospitals, 47.2 percent, went for equipment purchases. This was more than twice the amount for construction and renovation, which was the next-largest spending category, followed by research and teaching and general operations.

"Canadian citizens and businesses recognize the importance of philanthropic giving to show their appreciation for the doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals who serve us so well every day," said Nancy Hewat, FAHP, AHP Canada regional director and executive director of the Grand River Hospital Foundation in Kitchener, Ont. "The challenges we faced last year have encouraged hospitals throughout Canada to redouble their fundraising efforts."

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, established in 1967, is a not-for-profit organization whose more than 4,900 members direct philanthropic programs in 2,200 of North America's not-for-profit health care providers. AHP's members include fundraising professionals, development staff, public relations professionals, trustees, marketing professionals, administrators, and executives interested in health care fundraising. In 2003, AHP launched its Performance Benchmarking Service, which establishes standard metrics and industry best practices for fundraising success
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