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Thanks to you, we’re halfway to our goal to Outpace the Impossible!

Northwell staff celebrate longtime benefactor Sandra Atlas Bass for her outstanding commitment to heart care.

Thanks to the generosity of 72,000 donors like you, we are helping Northwell to Outpace the Impossible to improve the health of our communities, and have surpassed the halfway point toward our $1 billion fundraising goal.

Since publicly launching Outpacing the Impossible in October 2018 – our first system-wide, comprehensive fundraising campaign that supports capital projects, improves hospitals and clinical programs, advances research and funds endowment for teaching and research initiatives – we’ve raised more than $522 million. This includes all funds given by individual donors, corporations and foundations since the campaign began in 2016.

quotation mark Donor support helps save lives.
Michael Dowling, Northwell Health’s president and CEO

The campaign has spurred donor support and engagement. Last year, Northwell raised $133 million in gifts for its hospitals and programs – nearly $40 million of which came in the two months following its public launch. This illustrates the powerful momentum the campaign is having, thanks to donors who share our vision for better health care.

“Donor support helps save lives,” said Michael Dowling, Northwell Health’s president and CEO. “We are setting the pace that will propel us into a healthier, better future. Support for Northwell helps us grow, discover and define the highest standards of care for everyone.”

Endowment strengthens Northwell’s future

A record $21 million to support Northwell’s burgeoning endowment program was raised during the last weeks of 2018. Endowments provide continued financial resources for designated positions and programs. These dollars are invested and pay out a percentage of the value each year, which will sustain key leadership and faculty positions within Northwell’s research, education and clinical programs. The original gift and any investment returns above the payout amount each year help endowments to grow over time and provide continuous support in perpetuity.

Thanks to donor support to Northwell’s campaign, scientists at the Karches Neural Bypass and Brain-Computer Interface Laboratory are working to restore touch among people suffering from paralysis.

“In an ever-evolving healthcare environment, we rely on philanthropic support to drive innovative research, help educate the future generations of health care professionals and ensure excellent clinical care,” said Brian Lally, Northwell’s senior vice president and chief development officer. “Endowment support drives this vision and helps us sustain our mission to continually innovate to improve health care.”

Employee support and events accelerate campaign progress

More people than ever before supported Northwell in 2018 – 30 percent more than 2017. Among them, 16,000 are new supporters of Cohen Children’s Medical Center, and more than 5,000 are Northwell employees who contributed over $1 million to support a variety of initiatives across the health system. Since the campaign began, nearly 6,000 Northwell employees – including 99 percent of Northwell’s leadership – have given close to $8 million.

A record-breaking $4.2 million was raised at the 2018 Constellation Gala.

Additionally, many of Northwell’s 2018 signature events – including the Northwell Health Walk, Feinstein Institute Summer Concert and the Constellation Gala, as well as regional hospital fundraising events – broke fundraising records and saw significant increases in donor support.

“More donors than ever are supporting Northwell Health and we can’t thank them enough for helping us to reach this milestone. Their belief in our mission inspires us. Every gift to the campaign accelerates potential cures,” Mr. Lally added. “Philanthropy is critical to Northwell Health, and helps us to take better care of more people.”


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