Are you getting TOO MUCH mail from us?

July 30, 2010

This is a question that comes up in our office quite frequently, especially around the time of sending out donation appeal requests.

At the Foundation, we continue to track everything we send to ensure that we’re spending our money wisely. Each dollar spent on mailings results in several dollars coming back to support the hospital. We watch this very closely, and we’ve been able to keep our expenses low in comparison to the amount of money people give. But if we’re sending too much mail to you, then that’s a waste, and we don’t want to do it. Overall, reaching out to people by mailing letters is a very efficient way for people and donors to be engaged with us and the hospital.

We know that not everybody can send a gift in response to everything received in the mail – especially with the economic downturn and job losses in the region. I want everyone to understand that you should only give when it’s the right thing for you to do – we wouldn’t think of asking for any more than that. 

Another important point is the environmental impact of mailings. In our office we make every effort possible to reduce paper usage. It’s what we should all be doing. One of the easiest ways to reduce paper use is by setting up an Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) which is one of the most effective ways to help eliminate paper usage. For those who wish to regularly make a donation either yearly or monthly (at any amount), your donation will be automatically transferred to the Foundation to support patient care – with no paper required! This can be setup easily at your banking institution.

Over the past year we’ve done a lot of work to ensure our mailings (newsletters, appeals) are going to those people who wish to recieve them. If we’re sending more mail than you want, that’s not the best use of our resources. We would be happy to ensure that you only receive the right amount of mail from us. Just give us a call to let us know if you have a concern – 519-246-5906.

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Special Fundraising Appeal Update

August 17, 2009

During our 20thanniversary year we are asking the community to support us in our fundraising for Strathroy Hospital.  Your gifts enable us to provide much needed financial support for current and long term capital and special projects for patient care, education and innovation.

Last month we mailed out a special fundraising appeal featuring  information about the hospital and current priorities. Dr. Paul Ferner, SMGH Chief of Staff also mailed a new request for donations as part of our Grateful Patient Fundraising Program.

$42,861 has been donated in the past month by 406 individuals who responded to these letters. We are extremely grateful to these donors who have been so generous in their support of Strathroy Hospital in our 20th anniversary year. These gifts will help the hospital to purchase new equipment, fund capital building projects or education and training for hospital staff.

We are now asking those who have considered supporting the hospital, but have not had the opportunity to make their donation, to do so as soon as possible. Your gift of any amount enables the Foundation to continue its work in support of the hospital and plan for the future.

For more information about the projects we’re supporting please visit the current priorities section of our website.

How to Donate

You can donate online or over the phone by calling 519-245-5295 x.5020 or download a donation formand mail it to us at the following address: SMGH Foundation, 395 Carrie St., Strathroy, Ontario, N7G 3J4.


What is the Foundation doing to help the hospital?

November 26, 2008

 

Donations received by Strathroy Hospital Foundation have funded new patient care equipment, technology, renovations and building expansion. This includes things like the CT scanner and Ambulatory/Emergency Care Department expansion. Over the Foundation’s 20 year history, $20 million has been raised for the hospital – that is our job!

 

It is the job of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, through the Local Health Integration Network to provide funding for hospital operational costs including salaries, supplies, drugs and other daily expenses. This year, base funding from the SW LHIN increased by just over 2%.  Unfortunately, this does not keep up with increasing costs, which in some cases are up 7-8%.

 

I would like to know why base funding for SMGH was not increased. I urge everyone to mail Dalton McGuinty, (copying Maria Van Bommel) to ask this question. Why didn’t they provide the hospital enough funding to cover the rate of inflation? Isn’t this why we all pay taxes??

 

SMGH Foundation feels it is most important to step forward and help the hospital in this time of transformation. We are now transferring more than $1 Million annually to SMGH and setting a new program in place to help even more in the future.

 

Earlier this year,  as required by the SW LHIN we introduced paid parking as one measure to help generate funds. In fact, we have already begun to transfer some of the funds to the hospital.  No one wants to pay for parking – and I understand that. But by paying for parking, we are all financially helping SMGH. In 2009, the Foundation will introduce a new TV rental system that will offer better service for patients and  help us to raise more money.

 

These are just a few examples of fundraising and revenue generation efforts. The Foundation is lucky to have great support from business leaders, community groups and individuals. This is especially appreciated during times of economic instability.

I hope everyone will continue to help us raise more money to sustain exceptional patient care that is provided by our physicians, nurses and staff at Strathroy Hospital.