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Philanthropy: The means for sustaining population health programs
  If a population health initiative gets initial funding from a foundation, health insurer, or a hospital, and shows strong results…will it get more funding to maintain its good work? Likely not. Public health leaders are often frustrated by having to shutter outstanding community health programs when the start-up funding from foundations, insurers, hospitals, and […]
People Just Want to be Heard
  This is a powerful notion that often is not considered or is discounted. By inviting input and advice, you will actually attract involvement from your stakeholders.  Here are some examples where advancement efforts can be furthered by seeking information from donors and stakeholders. We all have lemons to lemonade stories where a donor calls […]
Leadership, Transformational and Historic Giving – Know the Distinctions
By Larry Raff In Healthcare, Major Gifts, Training Posted December 27, 2014 1 Comment
  The terms “leadership giving” and “transformational giving” have been around for a long time, and like most terminology in our industry, they mean different things to different people and organizations.   The term “historic giving” is one that is used in reference to setting a record over previous years.  But I use it in relation […]
The Costs and Benefits of Hospital Mergers
I just returned from attending the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy International Conference held in Palm Desert, CA.  As per usual, I learned more from my interaction with colleagues outside of the session rooms than I did from the content of most of the sessions. Over the course of three days, discussions with colleagues confirmed my […]
Philanthropy’s Important Role in Healthcare Reform
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas, Healthcare Posted July 13, 2014 0 Comments
This article originally appeared in Becker’s Hospital Review, written by Larry G. Raff, MPH, President, Copley Raff   Don’t look now, but the face of healthcare in the United States is about to change. The results will be better care, better patient outcomes, lower costs (or slowing of cost increases) and more financially sound providers. […]
Nonprofit Health Insurers…An Insult to the Rest of Us
By Larry Raff In Healthcare, Insights Posted March 10, 2013 0 Comments
  Where does your non-profit organization rankagainst one that, in 2012, made $163.9 million on $7 billion in revenues?  Or perhaps your NPO is closer to making $103.4 million or $22.5 million.  These are the earnings of three non-profit health insurers in Massachusetts; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Tufts Health Care and Harvard […]
Copley Raff’s 13 Fund Raising Trends to Watch in 2013, Part 2
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas, Healthcare, Insights Posted January 16, 2013 0 Comments
And without further delay…Fund Raising Trends to Watch in 2013 (Part II) (Continued from Part I) 8.  Funding Diversification Many nonprofits are facing the prospect or reality of losing funds from traditional sources. This could be in the form of a reduction or complete loss of funding from long term partners including foundation and corporate […]
Copley Raff’s 13 Fund Raising Trends to Watch in 2013, Part 1
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” —    Peter Drucker As everyone in the advancement business knows, it is becoming increasingly challenging to raise funds.  Organizations need to invest more and more in advancement operations and personnel to grow… or just stay even. 2013 promises to be even more challenging […]
Hospitals Returning to Their Philanthropic Roots
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas, Healthcare Posted June 25, 2012 0 Comments
This article written by CRI President Larry G. Raff, MPH originally appeared in the May 2, 2012 electronic edition of Becker’s Hospital Review. The more things change in healthcare, the more we should revisit what had worked in the past. About 60 percent of hospitals and healthcare systems across the United States have non-profit status, […]

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