The Campaign for Wellness Update
Campaign for Wellness reaches $1.8 million:
The staff takes on the challenge
The $3 million campaign to realize Bowdoin Street's long-held vision of creating a Wellness Center moved another step closer to goal as total gifts and pledges passed the $1.8 million mark.
In addition to a $1 million "launching pledge" by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation pledged a challenge gift of $300,000 and Children's Hospital Boston generously committed $75,000. To motivate giving from individuals, the Bowdoin Street Health Center's Board of Directors has issued a $200,000 matching grant that will match individual donations, dollar-for-dollar.
Bowdoin Street's staff members have been among the first to respond to this exciting opportunity, with an ambitious goal of 100% staff participation. "Our staff knows this community better than anyone, and they believe in this project," says Executive Director Adela Margules. "I'm proud of their commitment and I know it will inspire others to support the campaign."
To build on this momentum, a "visioning committee" of BIDMC board members and community leaders came together over the past three months to strategize and provide feedback for the Campaign for Wellness. Co-chairing the Campaign (Bowdoin Street's first) are Clay Deutsch, CEO of Boston Private Financial Holdings and a member of the BIDMC Trustee Advisory Board, and Foster Aborn, retired Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of John Hancock Life Insurance Co and BIDMC Trustee Emeritus. Their guidance will be invaluable as staff and volunteer leaders work to secure the remaining $1.2 million to close the campaign and begin building by year-end, 2012. Says one visioning committee member: "It's ambitious - but doable!"