Throughout its vibrant 116-year history, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (ENH) has enjoyed the strong friendship of dedicated individuals who inspire us with their leadership, vision and generosity. As I assumed my role as president of the ENH Foundation in August 2007, I was moved by this legacy that supports us in our fundraising and friend-raising endeavors.
These generous individuals and groups, many of whom are grateful patients, sustain the important efforts of our distinguished physicians, scientists, nurses and staff to advance research and education, impact the lives of more patients and families, and provide additional community leadership. Their gifts carry with them a powerful vision of the future because their commitment today means the advancement of crucial medical research and clinical breakthroughs, which ultimately find their way to the hospital bedside in successful treatments and cures. We are humbled and grateful for their remarkable support. In fiscal year 2007, our friends—individuals, foundations and corporations— helped ENH Foundation raise more than $21 million, bringing the total gifts raised through The Campaign for Evanston Northwestern Healthcare to nearly $138 million. This total is 92 percent of our $150 million goal for the end of 2008. Their commitment strengthens and enhances our continuum of care throughout all the communities we serve. This impact of philanthropy takes many different forms and provides a critical measure of excellence to the care we offer our patients. Whether it creates an Endowed Chair that helps recruit and retain the brightest physicians and scientists, strengthens our clinical programs with leading-edge technology or nurtures promising research, philanthropic support is crucial to Evanston Northwestern Healthcare’s mission “to preserve and improve human life,” and is part of what distinguishes our organizational culture of philanthropy. Advancing Evanston Northwestern Healthcare’s institutional priorities continues as the central focus of The Auxiliary of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and The Auxiliary of Highland Park Hospital. Auxiliary members, their families and friends have provided extraordinary personal gifts and time to ENH and they will become even more critical to our future volunteer and community-wide efforts. We are also grateful to the efforts of The Associate Board as it encourages volunteerism and philanthropy among its growing membership. These pages are a testimony to the dedication of all our caregivers and the courage of our patients. And it is through the sensitivity and commitment of our donors that Evanston Northwestern Healthcare continues to make a difference in the lives of thousands of individuals and their families every year. We are most honored and grateful for the confidence you have placed in us through your investment in ENH Foundation and our purpose of raising funds and friends to support the mission of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. Colleen Durbin Mitchell
Colleen Durbin Mitchell President ENH Foundation