Letter from Campaign Leadership

Dear Friends,

Since its inception, Discover the Difference: The Campaign for University Hospitals has received a remarkable level of community support. Gifts ranging in size from $1 to $72.6 million have supported the unprecedented growth of our health system, enabled the recruitment and retention of the very best physicians and physician-scientists in the nation, and benefited every department, institute and center of excellence. In 2012, UH reached what is perhaps our greatest philanthropic milestone to date: $1 billion in philanthropic giving from a generous and supportive community, and the achievement of a very ambitious campaign goal more than one year ahead of our projections.

Two other important milestones in 2012 provided tremendous momentum as UH continues to grow within a complex landscape. The year in giving culminated with the extraordinary announcement that UH would continue the Discover the Difference campaign and pursue an expanded goal of $1.5 billion, making UH one of only two health systems in the nation to engage in a campaign of this magnitude. Also, with great thanks once again to our generous donor community, 2012 was the most successful year for fundraising in UH history, with an astonishing $159.6 million in support.

Nearly 12,000 donors made gifts to Discover the Difference last year. Every gift was important. Two were truly monumental in enabling us to deliver record-setting results. In February, the Harrington family made a gift of $50 million – the largest in UH history – to establish the Harrington Discovery Institute. And in December, the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation announced its $32.5 million gift to support a number of strategic initiatives at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, bringing their total campaign giving to an unprecedented $72.6 million.

As the leaders of the UH Board Development Committee and the UH Campaign Cabinet, we are humbled by the breadth, pace and scope of the support UH has received from more than 60,000 donors who have contributed to the Discover the Difference campaign.

The extraordinary success of the Discover the Difference campaign is a tribute to all whose generosity of spirit has made UH a leading health system. Thank you for joining us as we pursue our $1.5 billion goal in support of our timeless mission: To Heal. To Teach. To Discover.

Sheldon G. Adelman
University Hospitals
Board Development Committee

Monte Ahuja
Discover the Difference
Campaign Cabinet

John G. “Jack” Breen
Discover the Difference
Campaign Cabinet

Sheldon G. Adelman, John G. “Jack” Breen and Monte Ahuja