Foun­da­tion ex­penses are all le­git­i­mate

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: CEOs hid­den ex­penses ques­tioned (Feb. 21)

St. Joseph’s Health­care Foun­da­tion is hon­oured to be the grate­ful re­cip­i­ent of funds from donors through­out our com­mu­nity.

We take great care and pride in en­sur­ing funds raised sup­port hope, heal­ing and dis­cov­ery at St. Joseph’s Health­care Hamil­ton. In fact, dona­tions to St. Joe’s have en­abled in­no­va­tive re­search, the ex­pan­sion of fa­cil­i­ties and cam­puses, and the de­liv­ery of ex­cep­tional pa­tient care to the more than two mil­lion peo­ple in the re­gion we are hon­oured to serve.

We are proud to share a strong re­la­tion­ship with the Hospi­tal and St. Joseph’s Health Sys­tem lead­er­ship and en­cour­age their in­volve­ment in our fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. The ex­penses sub­mit­ted to St. Joe’s Foun­da­tion by Dr. Kevin Smith, CEO of St. Joseph’s Health­care, are re­lated specif­i­cally to fundrais­ing and donor ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at en­hanc­ing the ser­vices the hospi­tal has been priv­i­leged to pro­vide for 126 years. All ex­penses sub­mit­ted fol­low the foun­da­tion’s process for ap­proval and re­im­burse­ment.

St. Joseph’s Health­care Foun­da­tion is proud to be one of only a small group of char­i­ties in Canada to have achieved ac­cred­ited sta­tus through Imag­ine Canada’s Stan­dards Pro­gram. The pro­gram rec­og­nizes ex­cel­lence by Cana­dian char­i­ties and not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions across sev­eral key pil­lars, in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency, and fundrais­ing prac­tices.

Our ac­cred­i­ta­tion is a fur­ther demon­stra­tion of our long-stand­ing com­mit­ment to be­ing a donor-cen­tred, re­spon­si­ble and ac­count­able fundrais­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion.

We re­main very grate­ful to the donors who sup­port our foun­da­tion and hospi­tal, and to our hospi­tal and sys­tem lead­er­ship who are so truly com­mit­ted to St. Joe’s suc­cess in the fu­ture. Sarah F. Matthews, Chair, Board of Directors St. Joseph’s Health­care Foun­da­tion

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