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CommonSpirit Health recognized among top performing health care fundraisers by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

Chicago, Ill. (December 14, 2022) – CommonSpirit Health has again been ranked among the top high-performing health care fundraisers in North America by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP). The result of data compiled in AHP’s 2022 Report on Giving, this recognition celebrates the combined performance of CommonSpirit’s 80-plus fundraising entities across its 21-state ministry as well as the national efforts of CommonSpirit Health Foundation. 

“Our work, on behalf of communities across the country, is made possible by the philanthropic spirit of individuals who share our pursuit of health justice,” says Fred Najjar, CommonSpirit’s Executive Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer and President of CommonSpirit Health Foundation. “Being recognized as performing at the top of our industry is an extraordinary honor and a humbling reminder of all that is possible when inspired generosity is paired with mission and purpose.”

CommonSpirit was recognized by AHP for achieving both the “High Performer: Overall” and “High Performer: Healthcare System.” Published for more than 35 years, the annual Report on Giving shares information from AHP’s membership on their revenue and expense activities for each fiscal year.  This year’s report (representing data from fiscal year 2021) included 161 respondents from the U.S. and 22 from Canada. CommonSpirit’s philanthropy ministry has consistently been recognized among the industry’s high performers since 2016 when AHP first ranked then-Dignity Health among the top 10 high-performing health care fundraisers in North America. 

Overall high performers represent AHP's traditional criteria of the top 25 percent in net production revenue across all respondents in the annual Report on Giving. In fiscal year 2021, these high performers raised more than $23.6 million in the U.S. and more than $20.1 million in Canada. 

High performers in the HealthCare System category represent those that reached the top 25 percent in net fundraising revenue out of all participating healthcare systems in the Report on Giving. In fiscal year 2021, these high performers raised more than $44.8 million in the U.S.

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy is an international professional organization dedicated exclusively to development professionals who encourage charity in health care organizations. AHP's 5,500 members represent more than 2,200 health care facilities around the world. Mr. Najjar is the immediate past Chair of AHP’s Board of Directors.

CommonSpirit Health has 80-plus fundraising entities located across the U.S. Over the past five years, these foundations have raised a combined $1.3 billion and in fiscal year 2022, CommonSpirit raised more than $300.1 million — a record-breaking amount for the organization — to ensure that it can continue to serve the vulnerable and build healthy communities. The organization does this nationally through CommonSpirit Health Foundation, and locally through its network of regional and community-based fundraising entities.