Give Well

By Randy Varju, FAHP, CFRE
President, Advocate Aurora Health Foundations
Chief Development Officer, Advocate Aurora Health

2019 is going to be a great year. How do I know this? It’s because of the amazing community members, organizations and team members, who are shining examples of how much more we can accomplish when we work together.

Merging two big organizations like Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care isn’t easy, and we all knew there would be challenges. But we knew there would be opportunities, too. For example, each organization had its own employee fundraising campaign. But in the fall of 2018, we teamed up to help people live well with our fi rst joint employee fundraising eff ort—the Advocate Aurora Give Well Campaign.

Not only did our team members smash our fundraising goal by raising $6.6 million, they committed more than $4.4 million to Advocate Aurora funds, which help improve access and outcomes for our patients. This shows how deeply committed they are to the communities they work in and the people they serve every day. Our team members want people to get the absolute best care possible, and they are willing to give their own time and treasure to make it happen. I am so incredibly grateful to be on their team.

I hope you feel as inspired by their generosity as I do.