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.

Submit an article — The submission period for the spring 2018 issue is Aug 9, 2017 – Oct 24, 2017. Learn about the 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

Spring 2017 Feature Article Previews

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Building a transformative board
By Betsy Chapin Taylor, F.A.H.P.

Exceptional board members can promote transformative governance, provide a growing network of community contacts and enable the foundation to scale beyond the limits of staff.

Board members' clout is especially important today, with hospital operating margins in peril and health care reimbursement shrinking. Increasingly, hospital executives are looking to philanthropy as a dependable and growing income source. Unfortunately, signs point to massive failures in the effectiveness of nonprofit board members to help the organization achieve its goals. Both executives and board members...Read more on page 13.

Gain a competitive advantage*
By Kathleen Diemer, C.F.R.E., Anne Marie Halsey and Jeff Muller

An array of new tools and strategic trends has the potential to transform your donor relations and stewardship.

The landscape of nonprofit philanthropy is evolving rapidly. Between 2000 and 2010 the number of registered nonprofits in the United States grew by 24 percent. Today there are more than 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations competing for donor dollars and health care makes up one of the largest nonprofit sectors, employing 57 percent of the nonprofit workforce. In this increasingly competitive marketplace, the way that we approach donors and...Read more on page 18.
How many physicians per gift officer?
By Jane L. Wheeler, M.S.P.H., Steve Rum, M.P.A., Rebeca Rios, Ph.D., and Scott M. Wright, M.D.

A new study suggests that grateful patient fundraising performance can be predicted by major gift officers' experience and other key characteristics.

Development offices in academic medical centers (AMCs) typically assign a portfolio of faculty to each gift officer, but the number of faculty per gift officer varies widely across institutions, and even across departments in an institution. Is there an ideal number of medical faculty a gift officer can handle to raise the most dollars from grateful patients? We set out to answer that question in a study of more than 100 major gift officer at large AMCs in the United States...Read more on page 26.
You want me to give you money, too?
By Robin Venuti, C.F.R.E., C.S.P.G.

Montage Health examines its employee giving campaign and others like it to determine best practices for the future.

Our health care employees are our most vital assets. Every day they are on the front lines, interacting with patients and their families, creating and reinforcing the healing environment of our institutions and meeting the medical needs of our communities. In many ways, they are our organizations. Their dedicated care is the reason our health systems—and subsequently, our fundraising efforts to support them—are successful. Read more on page 34.

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