Northwell’s ‘Outpacing Impossible’ fundraising campaign surpasses $1 billion mark

Northwell’s ‘Outpacing Impossible’ fundraising campaign surpasses $1 billion mark
Northwell leaders, led by President and CEO Michael Dowling, represent key areas that a $400 million campaign extension will support. (Photo courtesy of Northwell Health)

Northwell Health announced that they surpassed $1 billion in its first system-wide fundraising campaign, with nearly 170,000 donors providing support to its continuing expansion and furthering research, officials announced on Thursday.

The system’s ‘Outpacing the Impossible: The Northwell Campaign’ was publicly launched in October 2018 with the hopes of raising funds to support capital projects, advance research and improve hospitals and other clinical programs. New York’s largest private employer and non-profit healthcare provider officially raised $422 million for their programs, $412 million for capital projects and $186 million for its’ endowment program.

“We don’t believe in limits. We set a goal to raise $1 billion and we’ve done that,” Northwell President and CEO Michael Dowling said in a statement. “The extraordinary generosity from our donors has significantly boosted advancements in research, education, prevention and treatment. Philanthropy is an investment in one another, in our community and in the future, and it saves and improves people’s lives.”

More than 11,000 Northwell employees, including 100% of the healthcare system’s leadership officials, made donations totaling more than $15 million, officials announced. Some of the donations supported the Caregivers Support Fund, which Northwell team members created to aid those whose families were struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our communities and employees have come together to support the philanthropic needs of our organization. In order to Outpace the Impossible, our work is never done,” Northwell Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Brian Lally said in a statement. “We’re using this momentum to extend our campaign and provide additional support in critical areas where the need is great.”

Northwell’s endowment program provides financial aid to sustain vital leadership and faculty positions, including some at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Geinstein Instititues for Medical Research, officials said. Donations from the campaign helped Northwell established 13 newly-endowed professorships and chairs since 2018.

Due to the success of the campaign, officials said, it will be extended through December 2024, with the goal of raising an additional $400 million. The extra funds, officials said, will be used in the behavioral health, cancer and health equity sectors of the healthcare system. Northwell officials said the system treats nearly 20,000 cancer patients each year, more than any other provider throughout New York.

Additionally, funds will be used towards the construction of a new state-of-the-art outpatient medical pavilion, including a cancer center for Northwell’s Manhattan location.

“When you contribute,” Dowling said. “You are part of the team that helps move healthcare forward.”

More information about the campaign and how to donate can be accessed by visiting:


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