The reasons that drive people to give to a charitable cause are as unique
as the individual donors themselves. Some people feel passionate about
an organization or cause, some want to leave a legacy, while others give
because it simply makes them feel good. Whatever the reasons are that
drive people to donate, there is one thing all donors have in common:
their contributions make a difference. This is certainly true for more
than 2,000 Kaweah Delta employees who generously donate to the Kaweah
Delta Hospital Foundation.
Established in 1979, the Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation addresses the
health needs of our community by supporting the work of the hospital.
The funds raised by the Foundation help provide equipment, new facilities,
and more to ensure that there is access to superior quality health services
and top-of-the-line facilities in Tulare County. “Most charities
focus on programs for a specific need. The Foundation programs benefit
everyone,” said Liz Wynn, Director of Development. “Everyone
needs access to quality health care. Every project that we embark on through
the Foundation has the opportunity to positively impact our community.”
The Kaweah Delta Employee Giving Program is one of the Foundation’s
most impactful giving platforms, helping it successfully fund campaigns
year after year. Through voluntary payroll deductions, Kaweah Delta employees
donate fixed gift amounts to the Foundation on a bi-weekly basis. Since
the program launched in 1987, employees have donated more than $7 million
to the Foundation, including nearly $600,000 in 2018 alone. “With
almost 50% of our employees investing in health care, Kaweah Delta ranks
as one of the top staff-driven foundations in the nation,” Liz stated.
“Our employees believe in our mission and participate in record
numbers. They understand the importance of this program to the community
and their support allows Kaweah Delta to keep up with advances in medical
technology and equipment.”
Workplace giving is an easy, safe, and cost-effective way for Kaweah Delta
staff to make tax-deductible donations to fundraising campaigns they care
about. Their investment in state-of-the-art equipment like the Brain Lab
system – which allows physicians to treat cancerous and benign brain
tumors with pinpoint accuracy – and modern facilities, like the
helipad, impacts generations of Kaweah Delta patients. The investment
also ensures the community continues to receive the best care possible.
Valerie Lee, a Kaweah Delta Human Resources Specialist and a faithful 20-year
donor to the Foundation, knows her financial investments are leaving a
lasting mark on local health care. “I give to support our patient
care areas,” she said. “It is such a rewarding contribution.
New equipment purchases save lives.”
Foundation Board President Tony Benevento sees the impact of employee gifts
firsthand. “Employee donations increased by $86,116 in 2018,”
he shared. “I am proud to know we have a hospital staff that not
only prides itself on the quality of health care provided, but also in
giving back to the community. I look forward to seeing what they do in
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Your investment in modern facilities and innovative technology keeps Kaweah
Delta at the forefront of the healthcare frontier.
Learn more about the Foundation and sign up to donate at kaweahdelta.org/foundation.