Although Texas Health is one of the largest health systems in the state, we need various sources of capital to help us meet an ever-growing demand for education, outreach, facility and technological enhancements to better serve our communities.
Texas Health asks for community support to help provide for these enhancements to care. For many years, this activity was managed and coordinated through two foundations, Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation and Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation21.
In June 2013, these two foundations merged to become Texas Health Resources Foundation. The renamed foundation will continue to be donor-centered and respect the instructions of donors who prefer that their gifts benefit a specific hospital, project or health care program.
Donor funding supports infrastructure development, new technology and community-based programs and services. Funds are raised through endowments, individual giving (including employees), corporations, foundations and community organizations. Not only do the raised funds support new construction and/or technology upgrades, they also support such activities as:
- Offering mammograms, colon cancer screenings, skin care, screenings, prostate cancer screenings and educational resources for the underserved.
- Providing medical information to first responders and emergency department team members.
- Conducting interventional cardiovascular research to help improve quality of life for patients with endovascular diseases, such as diabetes.
- Advancing human physiology research of scientists at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine.
It can be difficult to predict philanthropic giving, especially during a sluggish economic recovery. Despite these challenges, foundation donors remained committed to supporting critical system and community health needs.
In support of Texas Health’s strategic plan, the system planned in 2011 to invest $1 billion over five years to transform the delivery of health care across North Texas. At that time, the foundations asked friends who believe in our vision to provide at least $200 million toward this goal and consider designating gifts in three key areas: population health management, education or capital needs. Collectively, our two foundations received $7.2 million in gifts in 2011. Their 2012 goal was to raise $20 million, which they exceeded by raising $21 million.