University Hospitals Kingston Foundation is the charitable organization supporting Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and Providence Care.
In 2002, our hospitals identified a need for significant redevelopment plan for our health care system, with a focus on streamlining care for the people of Southeastern Ontario. The hospitals’ foundations decided to join together and create a joint fundraising program to bring the most community financial support into our local health care system in the most efficient way.
In October 2005, the new organization was officially incorporated as Kingston Hospitals Joint Advancement. A board of directors, representing the three hospital foundations equally, was appointed. While the hospitals’ continued to operate their existing foundations as stewards of the funds raised for each institution, responsibility for all active fundraising was assumed by the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation.
The Foundation launched its first joint annual mail campaign in November 2005, inviting donors to direct their gifts to a specific hospital or program, or to make a gift that benefits all the hospitals.
In July 2006, the Foundation legally changed its name to University Hospitals Kingston
Foundation. In its first year of operation, the Foundation raised $4 million from more than 13,000 donors.
In June, 2007, the Foundation hit a new milestone announcing it had raised $11 million in gifts and pledges for our hospitals in fiscal 2006-2007 – the most money raised for our hospitals in a single year.
In June 2008, the Foundation publicly launched the “Together We Can” Campaign for the redevelopment of Kingston’s hospitals, with $52 million in gifts and pledges toward a $70 million goal. This remarkable level of support included an unprecedented $16 million grant from the City of Kingston, as well as an additional $4 million in contributions from other regional municipalities.
In June 2011, the campaign publicly celebrated the achievement of this goal, with $72 million in gifts and pledges from more than 42,000 individuals, corporations, foundations and community groups. The Together We Can campaign made possible the redevelopment and construction of new facilities for all three of the university hospitals in Kingston.
With the successful achievement of its first major campaign, the Foundation Board made a commitment to continue with the joint fundraising program indefinitely and to explore opportunities to transfer the stewardship and investment functions of the hospital foundations to UHKF.
In early 2012, UHKF began to see its early efforts to engage community support pay off, as unrestricted donations from estates started to become an increasingly larger portion of the Foundation’s annual revenue.
In May 2014, UHKF became one of the first 100 Canadian charities (and one of only six hospital foundations in the nation) to receive full accreditation from Imagine Canada. This program is designed to demonstrate compliance against 73 industry standards in areas such as board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement.
On June 30, 2014, the four existing hospital foundations in Kingston ceased operations and on July 1, 2015 a newly-amalgamated UHKF was created, taking on full responsibility for investments, granting and ensuring oversight of funds in addition to the previous role of fundraising and stewardship.
On October 2, 2015, UHKF announced its next major campaign: Extraordinary People – Innovative Health Care. The goal of this $65-million campaign is to help prepare our community for the next major phase of redevelopment of our hospitals. Campaign Chair Susan Creasy announced at the launch that our community is more than half-way to the $65-million goal, noting she hopes to wrap-up the five year campaign within three years.
Today we focus our attention on supporting patient care equipment, staff education and research. Our needs are for specialized acute care such as operating room suites, labour and delivery and neonatal intensive care. We are focused on providing our care teams with the best equipment and technology in our diagnostic labs. We want to ensure people who need emergency or urgent care receive the best care possible and we are focused on continuing to create better environments for ambulatory care. We are also raising funds to assist with the redevelopment of Providence Manor so that we can provide better care, based on today’s standards for our elderly and frail residents. UHKF is a key component in the success of all of Kingston’s hospitals.