The Memorial Foundation Speaks at National Conference

The Memorial Foundation HonoredFrom the Yakima Herald Republic
10/15/11 Letters to the Editor

Great fundraising work

To the editor — Many people of Yakima know there is the Memorial Foundation, a part of the nonprofit Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital family. Many fewer are aware of the incredible small staff of the Foundation.

Headed by Anne Caffery, this staff has led the fundraising of over $11 million in the past three years for the Children’s Village expansion and the hospice house Cottage in the Meadow. In addition, it has raised $1 million each year for the many programs it supports — money all being spent in the community.

On Oct. 4 The Foundation was honored to speak at the annual Blackbaud conference in Washington, D.C.. Anne and three of her teammates presented their program “10 rules to break in a fundraising campaigns.” Blackbaud is the leader in consulting and advising nonprofits in the nation, therefore this recognition is significant.

The Foundation, while small, has coordinated the Children’s Miracle Network efforts in the county, coordinates and funds various school health programs, Children’s Village programs, many of these operating under the radar.

I want to publicly congratulate Anne and her great team for such phenomenal work.

WILLIAM A. WHEELER

Chairman Board of Trustees, Memorial Foundation

Yakima

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