About the Foundation

Mission, Vision, Values

Gifts to the Boulder Community Hospital Foundation have been used to improve and enhance medical care to
thousands of hospital patients since the Foundation’s inception in 1978.

OUR MISSION

The Foundation exists to enhance the quality and availability of health care services in Boulder County by
generating and administering charitable gifts to our not-for-profit, community-owned hospital.

OUR VISION

We aspire to be a significant contributor to assist Boulder Community Hospital to maintain its role as a
premier provider of health care in the Boulder Valley.  Through public education and information exchange
we encourage philanthropic giving that is used to enhance patient and family care.  We help enable our
locally-owned and governed not-for-profit hospital to innovate and stay in the forefront of medical
advancements and technology and provide full access to emergency care to all Boulder County citizens.

Through fundraising coupled with diligent management of the Foundation’s endowment, we award meaningful
grants to the hospital for enhanced health care.  Through community involvement, Boulder Community Hospital
will continue to be the area's most caring, inviting and well-equipped health care facility.

OUR VALUES

  • We believe a not-for-profit, community-owned and governed hospital is a valuable resource and
    we pledge to further strengthen Boulder Community Hospital’s important purpose in the community.
  • As Foundation trustees and in alliance with our partner, the Boulder Community Hospital Auxiliary,
    we envision our role as ambassadors and we pledge to inform and educate our fellow citizens about
    the merits of this strong and innovative community-owned hospital.
  • We value access to the community hospital for all in need, regardless of the ability to pay.
  • We pledge to be effective stewards of Foundation funds and will carefully manage the investment portfolio.
  • We seek to annually grant an appropirate amount of the Foundation’s net worth to meaningful programs that enhance quality health care initiatives provided by Boulder Community Hospital.
  • We value the timely and accurate dissemination of information to the community on health care trends, challenges and opportunities.
  • We will keep the community advised, both formally and informally, about opportunities for giving in order to meet hospital goals, needs and challenges.
  • We pledge to set an example in the community by our own giving and our presence and support at fundraising events.
  • We value all gifts to the hospital, regardless of size, and we recognize each gift in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • We value each donor’s wishes and needs and enjoy individualizing donor agreements to accomplish personal wishes.
  • We value our hospital employees and volunteers by:
         - Encouraging educational interaction with the board.
         - Encouraging grant requests and giving them fair
            consideration.
         - Sharing positive donor feedback.
         - Encouraging and recognizing employee giving.

Leadership

The BCH Foundation is under the leadership of a 19-member volunteer Board of Trustees.
Trustees are all members of the local community who donate their time in service of the hospital. Members
serve a three-year term and may be reappointed for a second term. Ron Secrist has been Foundation president since 2002. Prior to joining BCH, Ron served as Boulder City Manager earning an outstanding reputation for his leadership in the community, communication skills, high energy and enthusiasm. Ron's 30-year career in city government also includes posts in Champaign, Illinois; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Blacksburg, Virginia.

Ties with BCH Ambassadors

The Foundation works closely with and strongly supports the efforts the BCH Ambassadors (formerly Auxiliary), and the
president of the ambassadors serves as a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees. The Ambassadors sponsor various fundraising events throughout the year and dedicates the proceeds to important hospital initiatives. 
These have included giving monies for the Mante, Mexico Medical Mission, Breast Cancer treatment,
the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a Gamma Camera at Boulder Community Foothills Hospital, significant financial support to the Cancer Center and cancer patient support fund and the primary stroke center. 

Ties with Community Hospital Association

Every person who donates at least $10 to the BCH Foundation in a calendar year becomes a member of the Community Hospital Association (CHA), the organization that owns Boulder Community Hospital.  All CHA members are invited to an annual meeting held each May.


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