Navigation Links
Obama's Budget Proposals Will Thwart Charitable Giving to Keep Nonprofit Hospitals Operating, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Says
Date:2/3/2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Obama's budget proposals to reduce tax deductions for charitable donations and freeze discretionary spending will harm fundraising for nonprofit hospitals by thwarting giving by wealthy donors and drying up funds meant to help the poor and underinsured, according to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy whose members direct fundraising for some 2,200 hospitals and health care systems across the U.S. and Canada.

"Despite signs that the economy is starting to recover, nonprofits hospitals are struggling to keep up with the burgeoning numbers of under- and uninsured Americans that are seeking medical care in their local community emergency rooms," said William C. McGinly, president and CEO of AHP. "A limit on charitable deductions aimed at those who are in a financial position to make the most significant contributions sends the wrong message at the wrong time."

"This is a significant challenge," McGinly said. "Hospitals have cut back on spending, mainly at the expense of necessary capital improvements. A three-year discretionary spending freeze is likely to cut back the ability of state and local governments to provide health-related grants and Medicaid funding, making it imperative for individuals, businesses and foundations to step up their philanthropic support."

Last year was difficult for health care fundraisers. A December survey of AHP members sheds light on their attempts to cope with strained economic conditions by boosting efforts and controlling costs. Three out of four increased involvement with donor relations and many put more emphasis on major gifts. Almost half applied for more grants and put more energy into annual giving and planned giving programs, while at the same time more than half reduced their fundraising budgets and about one quarter decreased staff.

Despite these extra efforts, 85 percent of survey respondents said their philanthropy programs were negatively affected by the economy last year, forcing almost half to downgrade giving projections for the year. Annual direct mail campaigns and special event fundraisers were hard hit. Overall, far fewer major gifts were secured, and 40 percent of respondents reported declines in revenue from government and private grants, and 80 percent cited declines in investment income, with 43 percent seeing a significant decrease.

Fully 27 percent of development organizations used more of the money they raised in 2009 to meet increased demands for hospital charity care, the report found, highlighting the increased need for philanthropic support to cover costs that nonprofit hospitals are no longer able to fund from decreasing margins. A November 2009 American Hospital Association (AHA) study found that 34 percent of U.S. hospitals expected financial losses in the first half of 2009 – up from 29 percent for the same period in 2008 – placing a growing need for philanthropic funding to fill the gap.

A separate January 2010 study of 58 AHP member organizations used benchmarking techniques to detect characteristics of organizations that did the best job of securing charity funds as the recession's impact was going into full swing in 2008. The findings highlighted the need for development offices to invest wisely in staff and resources, cultivate donor and public support, and focus on the most profitable fundraising programs such as major gifts and planned giving.

"A key takeaway from the benchmarking study is the value of cultivating donors through a personalized approach by finding and retaining talented staff," McGinly said. "Adequate resourcing for philanthropic fundraising will be even more important in 2010 and beyond, especially if we will face declines in government support for nonprofit hospitals in our communities."

AHP will soon issue a white paper exploring the impact on health care fundraising in future years of new approaches to health care delivery, new modes of philanthropy, changing social and economic traits of donors, and the growing involvement of small business.

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, established in 1967, is a not-for-profit organization whose 4,500+ members direct philanthropic programs in 2,200 of North America's not-for-profit health care providers. AHP members provide essential services such as wellness programs; mobile health vans; mammography screenings; hearing and eye exams; and other health care services. AHP is comprised of professionals in the fields of fundraising, development, public relations and marketing, as well as trustees, administrators, and executives interested in health care fundraising.

SOURCE Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

RELATED LINKS
http://www.ahp.org

'/>"/>

SOURCE Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. National Health High Risk Pool Association Available to Discuss Role of Pools in President Elect Obamas Health Care Reform Plans
2. NVHR: Administrations 2011 Budget Proposal Shortchanges Five Million Americans Afflicted with Chronic Viral Hepatitis
3. Presidents Budget for Global Health Far Short of Whats Needed - Congress Must Fix
4. TFAH Praises Presidents Budget for Consistent Commitment to Public Health and Prevention
5. Attorney General Holder, Secretary Sebelius Convene National Summit on Health Care Fraud, Unveil Historic Commitment to Fighting Fraud in Presidents FY 2011 Budget
6. President Obamas Vague Mention of Global HIV/AIDS Fight and Infectious Disease Threats Lack Budget Commitment
7. NVHR Issues Challenge to Administration, Congress: Dont Leave 5 Million Americans Afflicted with Chronic Viral Hepatitis Out in the Cold with Budget Freeze
8. Response to Governor Schwarzeneggers Proposed FY10-11 Budget and Recommended Cuts to States Homecare Program
9. Waylon Lewis of elephantjournal.com: Lululemon Ad; Naropa University Budget
10. Netsmart Technologies Implements Electronic Medical Record Solution for Monterey County Behavioral Health Services on Fast Track and Under Budget
11. IntelliSoft Group Focuses on Protecting Customer Investment in Medical Credentialing Systems -- Budget Constraints and Forced Upgrades in Medical Credentialing Automation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2016)... DIEGO, California (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 ... ... Santa Barbara this Memorial Day weekend to host their second pop-up shop for ... San Diego fashion forward brand to the Santa Barbara community, a community full ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... The 12th session of the Silicon Valley BioTalks ... in Palo Alto, CA. This Bay Area biotech event will focus on “Setting Up ... from the pharmaceutical company Hallux, biopharma Apexigen, Contract Research Organization (CRO) Experien Group, and ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Furthering its position as the industry leader in drug education ... Sport (Drug Free Sport®) is excited to expand on details of its “Sport Exchange ... 13 in Kansas City, MO, will gather sports industry professionals to examine, address and ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... One Florida-based plastic surgeon’s enthusiasm is proving ... article published May 13th on Vanity Fair. In fact, as the article ... their procedures broadcast to more than 800,000 Snapchat fans. Commenting on this trend, Dr. ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Today American University of Antigua ... Medicine announced the AUA-FIU Global MD Program. Students in the Global MD ... and a Certificate of Completion from the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... 2016 Dutch surgeons have launched a ground-breaking ... world and treat patients on a global scale. Medical professionals from ... Asia and the US have already signed up ... networking in a totally secure environment. Education  ... working together with a surgeon at Harvard to treat a bomb ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... 23, 2016 According to ... Market by Product (Wheelchair, Scooters, Medical Beds, Bathroom ... Critical Care, Wound), Accessories (Lifting, Transfer) & by ... published by MarketsandMarkets, the patient handling equipment market ... 2021 at a CAGR of 10.5% during the ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced ... Internship programs. The hands-on learning experience is a 12-week ... paid Fellowship and Internship programs ... Fellows and interns are provided optional housing free of ... at the Riverfront Residence Hall to foster communication ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: