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The Upstate Foundation, Inc.

Where your gift impacts the health of the entire region

aka Foundation for Upstate Medical University   |   Syracuse, NY   |  www.upstatefoundation.org

Mission

Impacting patient care, education, research, and community health and well-being through charitable giving.

Ruling year info

1976

Vice President for Development

Ms. Eileen M. Pezzi

Main address

750 E Adams St CAB326

Syracuse, NY 13210 USA

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Formerly known as

HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER FOUNDATION AT SYRACUSE INC

EIN

16-1068101

NTEE code info

Hospital (General) (E22)

University or Technological (B43)

Medical Specialty Research (H90)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The challenges of improving the health of our community change every year. There is always a need for more resources: more scholarship dollars to ensure there are sufficient numbers of qualified health care providers; more support for medical research to eliminate diseases; more support for programs that are needed by the community but are not financially viable (burn care, poison control, chronic disease support groups, outreach programs for at risk populations); support for patients and families that are struggling under the rising costs of health care; support to combat new illnesses and community problems such as the opioid addiction crisis; support to address the needs of an aging population and their caretakers, including brain health. In 2023 & 2024, the primary focus campaign is increasing resources for child and adolescent mental health, addressing a local and national health care crisis. This includes working with other local health care agencies.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital

Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital provides safe, effective, innovative and family centered care for children in a vast 17-county region of upstate New York, plus parts of Pennsylvania and Vermont. As the Region’s only Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center, Upstate offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth to 19 years of age. With 71 pediatric beds, the Children’s Hospital averages 100,000 pediatric patient visits each year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Joslin Diabetes Center at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse opened in 1995 as the eleventh affiliate of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and the only one of its kind in upstate New York.

An internationally recognized leader in diabetes treatment, research, and education, the Joslin Diabetes Center is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and has been caring for the medical and emotional needs of people with diabetes since it was founded in 1898.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Upstate University Hospital offers the most comprehensive cancer treatments in all of Central New York.  This broad range of cancer treatments includes programs in thoracic, breast, brain, spine, blood, bone, gynecologic and genitourinary. It is the only facility in the region where pediatric patients with cancer or blood disorders are treated.

These programs have been collectively accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer, a distinction awarded to very few hospitals in the United States.  University Hospital is the only hospital in Central New York to receive this distinction.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The Clark Burn Center is a six-bed adult Intensive Care Unit. Pediatric burn patients are cared for at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital by both burn and pediatrics teams. The center is a regional referral center providing state-of-the-art burn care.

The Center serves over 37 counties from as far north as the St. Lawrence River to northern Pennsylvania, and from Rochester to Albany, including the northern areas of Pennsylvania and parts of Canada. The Center cares for both adult and pediatric patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Circle of Excellence Award for Educational Fundraising & Overall Performance 2003

CASE (Council of Advancement and Support of Education)

Team of the Year 2005

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Nonprofit Impact Award 2021

CNY Business Journal

Team of the Year 2015

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Economic Champion 2021

Centerstate CEO

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meal/gas cards given to families while a child is staying in the hospital.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, Parents

Related Program

Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of dollars spent on mission areas of patient care, medical research and healthcare education.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Upstate Foundation is formed to receive and administer gifts and bequests exclusively for charitable purposes in the central region of Upstate New York with the focus on (1) provision of patient health care, (2) the education of health care providers, (3) scientific research, and (4) community health and well-being. The Foundation's commitment to its mission is realized through the enhancement of professional education, research, patient care, faculty development and student aid through: 1) private giving and fundraising, timely distribution of grants & awards; 2) development of programs to meet the financial and educational needs of students, faculty, departments and programs of Upstate Medical University; 3) supporting programs and initiatives which enhance community health and well-being and 4) the creation of personal and professional growth opportunities for Foundation members and staff, enabling them to develop the skills to implement the Foundation mission effectively.

The Upstate Foundation uses a template of multiple year strategic goals to define specific tasks in fulfillment of its primary missions. This strategic plan is defined in three phases: 1-2 years, 2-3 years and 3-5 years. Specific tasks are identified within each phase with time frames for completion and Foundation professional and support staff assigned accordingly as individuals or in teams. Progress is reviewed at monthly meetings and indicators of accomplishment noted. As tasks are completed, new tasks with new time frames and staffing requirements are identified and assigned. The process is a dynamic one which has served the Foundation and the internal and external public it serves effectively and efficiently.

The Foundation's ability to achieve its goals is keyed to its strong, experienced and committed staff of 25 full- and part-time members working with a 44-member Board of Directors who manage over 1000 funds and assets over $230 million. The Foundation has access to several professional fundraising and consulting resources whose programs, webinars and technologies provide the latest in technical and personal assistance to the staff. The Foundation has a strong succession plan for handling the retirement of long time employees, which has been working well over the past several years and is projected to continue for several more.

In 2022, the Foundation began the silent phase of a $3.2M campaign to address the local and national crisis of mental health services for children and adolescents. In 2019 the Foundation began a $6M campaign to expand the Golisano Center for Special Needs. GCSN serves the region for diagnosis and treatment for children with special needs. This expansion will greatly increase the ability of the Center to see more patients and families expeditiously. As of 2022, the campaign exceeded this goal early and the Center has moved to its new, expanded facility. During the pandemic, the Upstate Foundation raised significant dollars to support both patients and hospital staff.
In 2021, the Foundation awarded over $8M to support its mission and the central New York community, with a 5-year average of awarding $6.8M. In 2017 the Foundation raised over $16M, the highest achieved in its history. 2016-17 also included a campaign to enhance Upstate's maternity and nursery unit. 2015 saw the completion of a $1M campaign to help renovate space for a separate pediatric emergency department at Upstate. The 5-year campaign toward the new Upstate Cancer Center exceeded its $15M fundraising goal by more than $2M.
2019 saw the beginning of a Donor Advised Fund initiative that has grown significantly, offering donors the ability to continue to support the charities that are important to them while achieving their tax management goals.
A Legacy Giving program launched in 2016 and has expanded to attract donors to include Upstate Foundation in their estate planning. The structure and staffing for a Grateful Patient and Family Program was established in 2014; growth of this program continues to be a major priority.
Future fundraising projects will be based on the results of feasibility studies.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Upstate Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Rita Reicher

Retired, Knowledge Systems & Research, Inc.

Juli G. Boeheim

Community Volunteer

Chung-Taik Chung

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Gregory L Eastwood

SUNY Upstate Medical Univ.

Maureen Dunn McGlynn

Cohen Compagni Beckman Appler & Knoll, PLLC

J. Daniel Pluff

The Pluff Hooley Black Group at Morgan Stanley

Paul Mello

Solvay Bank

Dodie Vlassis

Community Volunteer

Stephen Y L Chow

Pinnacle Investments, LLC

Andrew Palmer

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Michael Ratner

SUNY Upstate Medical University

William Killory

White Management Corporation

Gail McIntyre

The Bonadio Group

John Murad

Hancock Estabrook, LLP

Scott Matukas

Logicore Strategies

Karen Bullivant

HKS Consulting

Chris Spera

McLane Northeast

Joseph L LaLonde

Community Volunteer

Stephen P McCoy

KPH Healthcare Services, Inc.

John F Brogan

L&JG Stickley, Inc.

David K Schneckenburger

Thompson & Johnson Equipment Co., Inc.

Joshua P Solomon

Beerboard

Eric J Smith

ex-Officio, Upstate Medical University

Mantosh Dewan

ex-Officio, President, Upstate Medical University

Nathan Andrews

Morse Manufacturing Co. Inc.

Gary Grossman

Grossman St. Amour CPAs PLLC

April Stone

CNY Infusion Services

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes