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Corporator Development Office Update

Development Staff

Two important fundraising goals are within sight

As of late June, 54 percent of Emerson’s corporators had given to the hospital’s Annual Appeal.  “Our goal this year is 90 percent participation, so we’ve passed the halfway mark,” notes Diane Chellis, assistant director of the Emerson Health Care Foundation.  

Ms. Chellis and the Annual Appeal Committee, which is chaired by Lynn Martin, are focused on the 90 percent goal, rather than on dollars.  “We are grateful to those corporators who have already made their gifts to the Annual Appeal,” says Ms. Chellis.  “Their gifts, so far, total approximately $222,000, which is significantly higher than last year.

The hospital’s fiscal year ends on September 30, which leaves three months to increase participation by corporators.  “We have a number of outreach efforts underway, including making calls to thank those who have given,” says Ms. Chellis.  Corporators who have not yet made their gift to the Annual Appeal also will receive a phone call, as well as a mailing.

A dedicated team gathered on April 23 for a fundraising phonathon.  “We had an impressive turnout for the phonathon,” says Ms. Martin.  “We were able to raise funds for Emerson, but I also was struck by the positive interaction we had with donors.  People are incredibly positive about Emerson.”

Emerson’s annual Leadership Donor Recognition Reception is scheduled for October 8 and will be hosted by Gloria and Chuck Clough at their home.  Invitations will be mailed soon.

Donations to the Annual Appeal support patient programs and services at Emerson and benefit the areas of greatest need.

Generous donors helped build the new Clough Family Center

The fundraising goal for the new Clough Family Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies and the Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center is within sight, reports Lauren Doty, major gifts officer.  “We have reached 70 percent of our goal, which is $3 million.  The funds are being used for bricks and mortar—construction of the new, expanded facility—as well as for state-of-the-art equipment, including the area’s only pool for aquatic therapy, which is equipped with a treadmill, lift and video monitoring.”

The 16,700-square-foot center opened its doors in June.  “An event to thank those who contributed to the center will be held on September 9, and there will be a public open house as well,” she adds.

Elsewhere, Ms. Doty is working on the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary Golf Tournament, which is scheduled for September 14 at Nashawtuc Country Club.  “This will be the hospital’s 17th annual golf tournament,” says Ms. Doty.  “Over those years, the event has raised more than $1 million for Emerson.  We have lots of sponsors, corporate and individual, already involved.”

If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ms. Doty at ldoty@emersonhosp.org or 978-287-3583.

Ms. Doty joined the Emerson development office earlier this year.  She formerly served as director of annual giving at Simmons College in Boston.  Prior to that, she was director of development at The Women’s Lunch Place, also in Boston, where she oversaw a successful capital campaign.

Organizations need good friends, and she observes that Emerson’s corporators are fully engaged.  “They’re an enthusiastic group of people who are involved in so many way—and so responsive to our events and fundraising efforts,” she says.

Ms. Doty, who lives in Bedford with her husband and young son, knows the area well.  “I grew up in Acton, and I was born at Emerson,” she notes.