Healthcare Philanthropy Journal


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 fall 2018 submission period closes April 11. Learn more about article submission and submission guidelines down below.

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Fall 2017 Feature Article Previews

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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.

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

ForwardThinkingLogoBe 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.

Healthcare Philanthropy Submissions

Healthcare Philanthropy seeks articles on all aspects of health care development and philanthropy. These include, among others:

  • Fundraising programs
  • Volunteer and board management
  • Donor relations
  • Use of technology
  • Organizational strategies
  • The effect of the economy, health care reform, etc. on health care philanthropy

Article Guidelines

Submissions with original research and examples from multiple case studies are strongly encouraged. First-person "success stories" that report on activities and campaigns also are welcome – however, they must be well documented and specific. For example, articles on fundraising activities should cite the cost-per-dollar raised, the number or percentage of donors increased or upgraded, etc.

Scholarly and academic articles are encouraged, but must be adapted for general interest readership. For example, a Masters' Thesis will not be accepted, but an article based on findings from a Masters' Thesis is welcome.

All submissions must be original. Previously published materials (including materials posted on Web sites) or those under consideration by another publication will not be accepted. Association membership is not a prerequisite for submission. Co-authorship is permitted.

Articles cannot endorse or promote specific vendors or product names – any such references should be replaced with descriptive terminology, for example, “data mining software.” The only exceptions that will be made are for products that have become generally accepted as industry terms, such as “Moves Management.”

Submissions that do not meet the guidelines will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the AHP Journal Advisory Council Chair before being sent to the Advisory Council for review.

Authors receive no remuneration or reimbursement for the expense of preparing articles. Articles published in Healthcare Philanthropy by individual or institutional association members become eligible for an annual award decided by the AHP Journal Advisory Council.

All accepted manuscripts become the permanent property of AHP and may not be published elsewhere without the permission of the author and AHP.

Article Details

Editorial decisions are based on relevancy and interest to AHP members, quality of writing, editorial balance and space constraints.

Articles should be submitted by email. Please attach an editable text document (Microsoft Word preferred). Graphics and charts should be submitted as separate electronic files (graphics should be saved as JPG or GIF files) in addition to being embedded in the text document.

Articles should be 1,000 to 3,000 words, and must be double-spaced, using Times New Roman, size 12 font. In addition, they should be well organized, tightly written, and free of grammatical, spelling, and factual errors. Authors are requested to use endnotes, not footnotes, and to fully note all sources.

A cover letter and 50-word biography should accompany all manuscripts.

AHP will edit articles accepted for publication to fit available editorial space and in keeping with AHP's style guide. Authors will have the opportunity to review the edited copy prior to publication. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made by AHP editors and approved by the authors.

If a manuscript is accepted, the author will then be asked to submit a color, high resolution "head-shot" photo to accompany the article in the publication.

Additional Information

For more specific information, contact Allana Schwaab, Communications Manager, at or call 703-532-3154. Also consult previous issues of Healthcare Philanthropy.

Article Submission

Please submit your article as an email attachment to You will receive an email confirmation of receipt within two business days.

Healthcare Philanthropy Journal Award

BB_smallSponsored by Brakeley Briscoe Inc., the purpose of the Healthcare Philanthropy Journal Award is to recognize 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 and is recognized at the annual AHP International Conference.

2017 Winner
Richard C. Peck, M.B.A., and Darrell D. Godfrey

"Achieving a Dream"

Fall 2017 Issue