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.

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

COVID-19 pandemic support dollars raised for patients, staff and students.

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 900 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.

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 2020, more than 80% of the campaign goal has been achieved and the Center has moved to its new, expanded faciltiy. 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 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. 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.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We are a regional health foundation and consider all individuals within our region to be our constituents.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have recently changed the method and frequency with which we contact some of our constituents based on feedback from a recent survey.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Donors appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback. It makes them feel more connected to our organization and its mission, and provides our staff with additional touch points with donors. We also use thank you calls to gather more information from new donors and solidify those relationships.

  • 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 3/26/2021
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.

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

William Killory

Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC

Gail McIntyre

The Bonadio Group

John Murad

Hancock Estabrook, LLP

Scott Matukas

Logicore Strategies

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

Mantosh Dewan

ex-Officio, President, Upstate Medical University

Nathan Andrews

Morse Manufacturing Co. Inc.

Gary Grossman

Grossman St. Amour CPAs PLLC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/26/2021,

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/26/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.