Hospitals serve poor despite economy

Of the nonprofit health-care fundraisers who expect to raise less money in 2009 than they did last year, fewer than one in 10 say their organizations plan to cut services for the poor and underinsured, says a survey of health-care fundraisers by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.

“Our members will not cut back on critically needed programs that communities depend on for the well-being of all their citizens,” Lisa Hillman, the association’s board chair, says in a statement.

Though more than three-quarters of health-care fundraisers say the economic crisis is taking a toll on their programs, most say their organizations plan to cut back on construction projects and equipment purchases rather than community-health services, the survey says.

Almost half of health-care fundraisers predict reduced giving in 2009, with an average decline of about 17 percent.

Four in 10 expect cutbacks in their organizations’ operating budgets, with an average reduction of about 12 percent.

And more than six in 10 reported plan to limit special fundraising events.

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, with members in 2,200 health-care institutions in North America, serves as a research and collaboration center for health-care fundraisers.

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