Rapid growth, including recently acquired community hospitals and a new academic medical center with three higher education partners, left a traditional hospital fundraising office ill-prepared to meet new realities and ambitious demands for future philanthropic revenue.
Even though they enjoyed strong philanthropic support, breathtaking expansion and community-directed grants created a public impression that the health system was becoming something unknown with ample resources to drive growth.
How would they address daunting challenges to create an appropriate platform to drive more philanthropic investment and improved public understanding?
We assembled a team of R+A Associates with specific expertise to address each area of a comprehensive philanthropic assessment. Insights and suggestions were gathered through department and organizational stakeholder interviews. Observations and recommendations were reviewed and strengthened by our panel of experts. And a restructuring plan was developed to implement recommendations. We also assisted in the interview process to find and hire a new chief development officer who could successfully carry out the approved plan of action.
The hospital system gained a strategic and practical roadmap to overcome identified challenges and to maximize philanthropic growth. Report recommendations were used to frame interview criteria and questions for selecting a new chief development officer. We assisted in the selection process to ensure the lead candidate had the appropriate skill set to succeed. The new chief development officer is now implementing recommendations to create an effective fundraising platform for major philanthropic growth.