Health—General & Rehabilitative

The Upstate Foundation, Inc.

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

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Hospital (General) (E22)

University or Technological (B43)

Medical Specialty Research (H90)

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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.

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 (0-19 years)

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
General/Unspecified

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
General/Unspecified

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
General/Unspecified

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

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

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year

Number of women reached through She Matters, a community outreach program for women's health.

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

Females

Context Notes

Outreach includes education, health fairs, home visits, and free mammograms to inner city residents. Results are for 3 years 2014-2016.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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 900 funds and assets over $180 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.

In addition to monitoring its fundraising progress on the basis of the strategic goals and tasks noted in item #2 above, the Foundation measures itself among other State University of New York (SUNY) related foundations. Its annual fundraising is currently ranked 5th among the 64 University Centers, Comprehensive Colleges, Technology and Community Colleges in the SUNY system. Within the Foundation, such quantitative indicators as numbers of donors and levels of giving, attendance at Foundation-sponsored and community organization fundraising events which benefit Upstate and its programs are continually evaluated. The annual endowment investment performance ranked 38th of 798 colleges and universities in the 2017-published National Association of College and University Business Officers survey. The returns exceeded those posted by all other reporting SUNY schools as well as all Ivy League schools. The Upstate Foundation's 5-year rate of return ranked 33rd of 727 reporting institutions.

In 2017 the Foundation raised over $16M, the highest achieved in its 41-year history. The Foundation provided over $8M in support of its mission. Community philanthropists, Carol and Sam Nappi, announced their intention to support the Nappi Longevity Institute at Upstate for $8M, the largest gift received by the Foundation. 2016-17 also included a campaign to enhanceUpstate's maternity and nursery unit. 2015 saw the completion of a $1M campaign to help renovate space for a separate pediatric emergency department. The 5-year campaign toward the new Upstate Cancer Center exceeded its $15M fundraising goal by more than $2M. A Legacy Giving program launched in 2016 and will expand 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 is a major priority over the next 3 years. Future fundraising projects will be based on the results of feasibility studies.

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 9/18/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Rita Reicher

Knowledge Systems & Research, Inc.

Donald Barter

UBS Financial Services

Juli Boeheim

Community Volunteer

Chung-Taik Chung

Upstate Medical University

Gregory Eastwood

SUNY Upstate Medical Univ.

Orrin MacMurray

The C&S Companies

Maureen McGlynn

Mackenzie Hughes LLP

J. Daniel Pluff

The Pluff Hooley Black Group at Morgan Stanley

Paul Mello

Solvay Bank

Dodie Vlassis

Community Volunteer

Thomas Young

US Beverage Net, Inc.

Stephen Chow

Pinnacle Investments, LLC

Jud Gostin

Aspen Hollow Ventures, LLC

Andrew Palmer

Upstate Medical University

Michael Ratner

Upstate Medical University

Frederick Parker

Upstate Medical University

William Killory

Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC

Gail Kinsella

The Bonadio Group

Rebecca Norr-Hartman

Community Volunteer

John Murad

Hancock Estabrook, LLP

Scott Matukas

Virtucom Group

Karen Bullivant

University College London Cancer Research Trust

Chris Spera

McLane Northeast

Joseph LaLonde

Community Volunteer

Stephen McCoy

KPH Healthcare Services, Inc.

John Brogan

L&JG Stickley, Inc.

David Schneckenburger

Thompson & Johnson Equipment Co., Inc.

Joshua Solomon

US Beverage Net, Inc.

Eric Smith

ex-Officio, Upstate Medical University

Danielle Laraque-Arena

ex-Offcio, President, Upstate Medical University

Julio Licinio

ex-Officio, Upstate Medical University

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

Keywords

higher education, health care, biomedical research, Golisano children's hospital, medical school, cancer center, Joslin diabetes center, trauma center, regional, academic medical center, central New York