How do you define a great year? At the NSHCF we define our year’s progress based on how well we fulfilled our mission. Our mission statement is “The mission of the North Shore Health Care Foundation is to benefit health care for all who live, work, and visit Cook County.”
We fulfilled this mission through our grant program, conducting seminars on Honoring Choices, supporting the travel fund for cancer treatment, and supporting the Care Partners program and the Oral Health Task Force by working with our community partners.
We gave $31,900 to eleven health care related organizations through our grant program. Care Partners provided services for palliative care, volunteer visits, care giver coaching, resource coordination, advanced care planning, and senior rides. The Oral Health Task Force provided free dental exams for 250 children and financial support for 77 patients.
In order for the foundation to support our programs, we received generous grants from Northland Foundation, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation through the Cook County Community Fund and other funds, Arrowhead Cooperative’s Operation RoundUp, Medica Foundation, Lloyd K Johnson Foundation, Mardag Foundation, Minnesota Dental Foundation and Minnesota Power Foundation. Some programs were funded through a Community Service/Community Services Development Grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and by federal Older Americans Act grants from the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging. We also receive funds through fund raising events, donations from individuals, and foundation members.
We would not have been able to conduct our programs without these funds. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support.
One other significant event during the year was the receipt of a major grant through The Walter N. and Phyllis A. Anderson Charitable Trust. The NSHCF will receive an annual grant through this trust into perpetuity. This grant will greatly enhance our ability to fulfill our mission in the future. We hope this grant will inspire other individuals to consider aiding the health care community in Cook County.
As we look forward to 2015, the foundation will continue our grant program, continue to support Care Partners and the Oral Health Task Force, conduct a seminar on mental health, conduct fund raising events, and increase our visibility throughout the county.
On behalf of the NSHCF, thank you for your support in
2014 and hope you will continue to support our efforts in 2015.