Hackensack Meridian Health Foundations Achieve ‘High Performer’ Recognition by Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

February 15, 2018

Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce several of the network’s foundations have been honored by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) for their exemplary performance in fundraising. Meridian Health Foundation (which encompasses Hackensack Meridian Health’s six southern regional Foundations; Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation, Ocean Medical Center Foundation, Riverview Medical Center Foundation, Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation, Bayshore Medical Center Foundation and Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation) and Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation were among those recognized.

AHP recognizes high performance only when health care philanthropy organizations operate in the top 25 percent of all reporting organizations. For fiscal year 2016, being a High Performer means that participating organizations raised more than $13.0 million in the U.S. Only 63 organizations in the U.S. and Canada were named “High Performers,” based on the AHP’s 2016 annual benchmarking analysis and Report on Giving.

“It’s an incredible honor to achieve “High Performer” status as recognized by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy,” explains Joseph Stampe, southern regional president and chief development officer of Meridian Health Foundation. “Not only is it our goal to raise critical funds to enhance the health care provided to the community, but to do that in the most efficient and effective way possible.”

Each year, participating hospital foundations complete an in-depth survey that includes data such as fundraising revenue, sources and number of gifts, expenses, and employee roles and resources. AHP analyzes the data submitted categorizing high performers through a comparative analysis based on core benchmark indicators such as net fundraising returns, return on investment and cost to raise a dollar. Meridian Health Foundation has been participating in the AHP’s benchmarking survey for eight years and has been named a “High Performer” for seven of those years.

The Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation began participating in AHP’s benchmarking survey in 2016.

“We are delighted to receive this high performer recognition from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy for our first submission,” said Helen A. Cunning, interim president of the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. “It is my pleasure and privilege to work with an extraordinary team of professionals who, along with our generous donors, are dedicated to supporting the highest quality human-centered care for our patients, their families and our community.”

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy is an international professional organization dedicated to developing the fundraisers who encourage charity for nonprofit hospitals and health care institutions. The association’s 5,000 members represent more than 2,200 health care organizations in North America and abroad, raising more than $10 billion each year for community health services.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; 11 community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 160 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey, including Hackensack University Medical Center which is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.

Meridian Health Foundation drives transformational philanthropic support for Hackensack Meridian Health’s hospitals and partner companies in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties including: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Bayshore Medical Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy and Old Bridge. Currently in the Foundation’s first comprehensive campaign, Giving Heals, more than $55 million has been raised with funding priorities dedicated to oncology, enhancing the patient experience, broadening clinical research and academic programs, and improving clinical outcomes. Meridian Health Foundation has consistently been named a “High Performer” by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy for its exemplary performance in fundraising. For more information visit HackensackMeridianHealth.org/GivingHeals.


The Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation engages generous people with opportunities to provide the best that medicine has to offer our patients and to advance clinical research and education. As the philanthropic arm of the medical center since 1980, the Foundation was established to seek private resources to support the mission of Hackensack University Medical Center. Since then, the Foundation has played an instrumental role in the institution’s extraordinary growth and evolution. In 2017, the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation generated more than $50 million, a record-breaking year in support of clinical research, discovery, education, and human-centered care. For more information, please visit HackensackUMC.org/Donate.