Healthcare Philanthropy


AHP publishes the Healthcare Philanthropy journal twice a year for its members and others who share an interest in health care fundraising. This peer-reviewed publication mails in the spring and fall. The journal includes ideas and methods for creating successful development programs, analyses of the current health care environment, projections of future trends and more.

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— The fall 2018 submission period closes April 11. Click here to learn about article submission and submission guidelines.

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Healthcare Philanthropy Journal Award

Sponsored by Brakeley Briscoe Inc., the Healthcare Philanthropy Journal Award recognizes the people who have given their time to improve the profession by writing articles for the journal. The winner is selected by the AHP Journal Advisory Council from the spring and fall issues of each year and is recognized at the annual AHP International Conference. 

Forward Thinking Article

Be sure to check out AHP's Forward Thinking article series in the Healthcare Philanthropy journal. It features timely topics that promote and advance the profession.

 Forward Thinking Article / Spring 2017

Fall 2017 Feature Article Previews

AHP members can read the full digital version of the journal by logging into The Huddle.

Achieving a dream
By Richard C. Peck, M.B.A., CFP, CAP, ChFC, and Darrell D. Godfrey 

By taking a strategic, process-based approach, Dartmouth-Hitchcock is engaging health professionals, building a robust culture of philanthropy, and creating meaningful experiences for donors. 

In 2013, Dartmouth-Hitchcock launched a strategic initiative to increase physician engagement in philanthropy, boost patient referrals to development and create a sense of shared ownership in the mission of philanthropy. Until that point, the development team had put little attention on grateful patient fundraising. Read more
 on page 12. 


Changing culture to promote philanthropy
By Elizabeth Dollhopf-Brown, Frank Interlichia and Jon Sussman

The University of Rochester Medical Center’s Patient and Family Giving program is centered on trusting individual relationships and a core group of physicians, nurses, dentists and other care providers.

At the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), we had tried various “grateful patient” fundraising efforts since 2007, but we lacked a formal, disciplined program headed by a dedicated staff member. All that changed in July 2015, when we established our Patient and Family Giving Department (headed by Elizabeth Dollhopf-Brown) and built a sustainable “Philanthropy Champions” program in which physicians, nurses, dentists and other health professionals become philanthropy advocates. 
Read more on page 18.

Amplifying appreciation
By Sarah Andrews, M.B.A. 

Smaller, community-based hospitals are increasingly turning to concierge programs as a tool to elevate donor and prospect gratitude.

We all know that patient satisfaction is a key performance driver for our health care systems. What we may not consider is that improving the patient experience can also fuel philanthropy. Grateful patients are among our most generous donors, so it benefits our organizations to provide those who support us with exceptional experiences. Read more on page 28.

A season of giving
By Kathy Rubino and Joseph Cross

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation’s city-wide Season of Light campaign highlights the impact of philanthropy on children’s healthcare.

The winter holiday season can be a particularly stressful time for hospitalized children and their families. Festive celebrations provide a stark contrast to the challenges of dealing with a child’s illness. And because many of these kids will not be home for the holidays, they may feel especially lonely and isolated. Read more on page 36.

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