Lee Health Foundation receives Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s 2021 ‘Overall High Performer’ status

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) has awarded Lee Health Foundation “Overall High Performer” status among respondents in its 2021 Report on Giving. Overall high performers represent AHP’s traditional criteria of the top 25% in net production returns across all respondents. Based on fundraising during the 2020 fiscal year, these high performers raised more than $19 million in the U.S. and more than $22.7 million in Canada.

AHP, the leading authority on healthcare philanthropy in the United States and Canada, recognizes high performance based on organizations that fall within the top 75th percentile in net fundraising, calculated by subtracting total fundraising expenses from total amount raised. Each year, participating hospital foundations complete a survey that collects detailed information on organizational performance, including fundraising revenue, expenses, and details on specific fundraising programs and staff involvement. This year, only 60 organizations were recognized including Lee Health Foundation along with Orlando Health, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Foundation, and Penn State Health. See a full list at https://www.ahp.org/resources-and-tools/report-on-giving-benchmarking/high-performers-2021.

“We are honored to again receive this distinction on behalf of our community members, donors, board members and Lee Health,” said Chris Simoneau, Lee Health’s chief development, marketing and communication officer. “Since 1995, Lee Health Foundation has raised awareness about the needs of our community and distributed the funds necessary to best serve and support our family, friends and neighbors in Southwest Florida. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Lee Health has been able to expand and enhance care throughout our seven-county region.”

With the community’s support, Lee Health Foundation’s fiscal impact for 2020 included more than 4,000 generous donors raising more than $27.8 million as well as Lee Health employees donating more than $150,000 to support quality care. With these funds, Lee Health has most recently helped women struggling with breast cancer, recruited top doctors to the area, supported staff during a global pandemic, brought pediatric neurosurgery to Southwest Florida, opened a new pediatric eye institute, and continues to increase access to care for a large, diverse community with a wide range of healthcare needs.
Since 1995, the foundation has supported Lee Health’s programs that bring leading-edge healthcare services to the community, including providing lifesaving care to underinsured and uninsured community members. At the same time, philanthropy has supported Lee Health’s efforts to enhance wellness and prevention programs to keep people healthy and out of the hospital. The foundation has raised more than $300 million since October 1995.

About Lee Health Foundation
Lee Health Foundation raises philanthropic dollars on behalf of Lee Health including Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center, Lee Memorial Hospital, and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The Foundation provides financial support for many service areas including the Lee Health Regional Cancer Center, Lee Health – Coconut Point, The Rehabilitation Hospital, Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, Community Health Clinics and Golisano Children’s Hospital Specialty Clinics in both Port Charlotte and Naples. Please visit LeeHealthFoundation.org or call (239) 343-6950 for more information about the role of Lee Health philanthropy in Southwest Florida.

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