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Spectrum Health Foundations Recognized in the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s 2021 High Performers List

**Sharing on behalf of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy**

ARLINGTON, VA, (May 24, 2022) – Spectrum Health Foundations from Grand Rapids, MI have been included in the 2021 High Performer’s list, provided from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).

 AHP has recognized 54 U.S. and 6 Canadian philanthropic organizations as high-performing fundraisers in the healthcare industry for fiscal year 2020. These organizations are primarily foundations affiliated with nonprofit hospitals or health systems that were surveyed for AHP’s 2021 Report on Giving, which provides key industry benchmarks for healthcare fundraisers.

High performers are defined as those organizations who represent the top 25 percent in net fundraising returns for a given category. In the “High Performers: Overall” group, the largest category of the year, these high performers reached the top 25 percent out of all responding institutions, meaning they raised more than $19.0 million in the U.S. and more than $22.7 million in Canada.

AHP also recognized those organizations representing the top 25 percent in net fundraising returns per each entity type they reported for. This included systems, community hospitals, and academic medical centers in both the U.S. and Canada. For more information and to view the full list of 2021 high performers, visit

“We are thrilled to recognize a record number of high performers this year,” said Alice Ayres, President and CEO of AHP. “The change in criteria allowed us to continue to award those outstanding achievements of our members supporting larger scale communities, but also to call out those working within smaller facilities that are producing the same level of exceptional work. We’re eager to see where their performance carries them in 2020.”

“Maintaining our status as an AHP High Performer is one of our guiding principles and responsibilities to our generous donors, and the communities we serve,” said Marge Potter, Chair, Spectrum Health Foundation Board of Trustee. “This is especially nice coming off of a couple of complicated years for non-profit organizations.”

“We think this award reflects being good stewards of these precious resources,” said Scott Robinson, DDS., Chair, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustee added, “While there are many organizations that can achieve High Performer status when they are in a campaign, we strive to achieve it year after year as a baseline expectation in building trust and transparency with the entire West Michigan Community.”

A total of 166 U.S. and 16 Canadian institutions submitted data on their fiscal year 2020 philanthropic activities. AHP has sponsored the annual Report on Giving for over 35 years and has released the 2021 Report on Giving. To learn more about the Report on Giving or purchase this year’s edition, visit

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy was established in 1967 and represents nearly 4,500 development professionals at 1,900 nonprofit hospitals, medical centers, health systems, and related facilities internationally. To learn more, visit


About Spectrum Health Foundation

The Spectrum Health Foundation endeavors to improve health, inspire hope and save lives through philanthropy.  Since 1998, donors have contributed more than $500 million to bolster Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit health system comprised of 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.  The foundation works with donors to distribute approximately $23 million annually in support of research, innovation, clinical care and other services to patients and families




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