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Community hospitals need to boost fundraising


“The Old Beggar,” by Louis Dewis.

This article in HealthAffairs looks at the need for not-for-profit hospitals to dramatically increase the flow of philanthropic funds into their institutions. The piece starts out:

“Across the country, hospitals face the challenge of finding new strategies to address capital needs in an era of shrinking operating margins. Particularly for nonprofit community hospitals, the solution is being found in philanthropy. Philanthropy was once simply ‘nice to have,’ but discussions regarding its role and strategic imperative can now be heard regularly at hospitals. More institutions are incorporating explicit expectations of fundraising into their financial planning and now consider fundraising a ‘must’ for survival. This paper explores why philanthropy is needed, the challenges hospitals face, and what institutions must do to build an internal culture supporting this new imperative.

“Particularly for nonprofit community hospitals, fundraising is becoming a strategic imperative.”

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