Philanthropy in Yakima: 2013

Anne Caffery, president of The Memorial Foundation, appeared on KIT 1280 Nov. 25, 2013 to express gratitude for Yakima’s philanthropic efforts in the past year.

Donors increased their giving from $2.9 million in 2011/2012 to $3.4 million in 2012/2013. At The Memorial Foundation, we say thank-you for the philanthropic accomplishments and highlights in 2013:

  • Cottage in the Meadow hospice opened and served over 250 families this year. Offers holistic care, chaplaincy, social services, bereavement programs, tender care.
  • Launched the Transitions Program with a Jesuit Volunteer, designed for people with life limiting conditions who just need some help to keep their lives going; helps people stay in their homes longer.
  • Served our 30,000th child at Children’s Village and grown the number of clinics and children served.
  • Added new digital mammography equipment at ‘Ohana with increased intensity, readability and précising outcomes for women:
    • Safeway employees raised much of the money to buy the equipment.
    • And ‘Ohana Mammography Center has since been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology – the only such breast imaging center in Central Washington – recognizing it for its high quality of care.
    • Increased survivorship programs at North Star Lodge.
    • Launching an enhanced Diabetes Initiative, education at Nob Hill Education site, thanks to a grant.
    • Bought new equipment at the NICU,  bassinettes, funded Oxford study.

SO MANY people do SO MUCH

Folks launch philanthropic events for various causes – exemplified by the young East Valley student, named Reagan, who is making bracelets and selling them to benefit hospice, or a man named Dean Shirey, who drove his motorcycle across the country to honor his brother and raised $10,000 for North Star Lodge. Or Dr. and Mrs. Hart, octogenarians, who make quilts for each and every patient at Cottage in the Meadow.

So THIS year we focus on:

Four Initiatives for a total goal of $5 million dollars (taking guidance from our recently completed Community Health Assessment and past patterns for requests and needs demonstrated from within these four key areas of patient need):

  • Improve Children’s Health ($1.5 million) – Children’s Village $680,000, Neurodevelopmental Services $100,000; Pediatrics $100,000, NICU $500,000
  • Create a Healthy Yakima ($1 million) – diabetes, healthy heart, sports ready bodies, access to care
  • Cancer Care Initiative ($300,000) – Increase survivorship, preventive education, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship.
  • End of Life ($1 million) – Ensure that all people have access to information and the tools to make end of life decisions, Bereavement Services.

Frequently asked questions:

What is The Memorial Foundation?

The Memorial Foundation is the nonprofit foundation for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. For more than two decades, the Foundation has partnered with the community to develop comprehensive, innovative solutions and new models of care to address the primary health needs of our neighbors. To fulfill that mission, the Foundation seeks charitable contributions from the community and other foundations and directs those funds to health care education and services to benefit the whole community.

What kinds of things does the Foundation support?

The Foundation raises funds to support multiple programs throughout Memorial’s Family of Services. Through your charitable donations, the Foundation is able to take action to ensure that the latest technologies, therapies and treatments are pursued to advance cancer care, impact children’s health and support end of life programs, in an effort to build and maintain a healthy Yakima.

How does the Foundation decide which programs to fund?

As steward of the funds raised, The Memorial Foundation’s Board of Trustees (a volunteer board of community members) approves program allocations in September of each year, for funding in the next fiscal year (Nov 1 – Oct 31).

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