Thoughts from Our Leader
One of the reasons many of us find fulfillment in working in philanthropy is because generosity really does heal—it makes the happy times more joyful and the painful times a bit easier. This time in history has been no different—and it has been one of the honors of my career to see gratitude in action over the last two years.
In 2020, a record 24,000 people made a gift to Sutter Health—and 40% of them were brand new donors. That means that over 9,000 people helped us for the first time in light of the public health crisis. Among other things, philanthropy teams were able to pool resources to make $1.5 million available for the purchase of iPads, helping with the more than 1,000,000 video visits in 2020 as compared with 7,000 in all of 2019.
Facing an unimaginable year, donors stepped up when we needed it most. This confirmed what I had long known: Sutter Health is worthy of philanthropic support—validating one of the pillars of my vision for our team.
In its 15 Top Health Systems study, Truven recognized Sutter Health as two of the nation’s top five performers among large health care systems. Philanthropy’s task is clear—support Sutter Health’s mission to enhance the health of our communities. As we look ahead, we know that we can continue to align our donors’ passion with the organization’s most visionary and impactful initiatives to do just that. It is then that we can become a bridge to the future and help the organization achieve the highest levels of quality, access, and affordability.
Chief Philanthropy Officer