Golden Valley Health Center’s Foundation is Centered on Elevating Community.
Whether providing cardiac care for a low-income senior citizen or a backpack to a child, the Golden Valley Health Centers (GVHC) Foundation exemplifies the heart of health care. With an overarching goal of maintaining and improving the quality of care being delivered at Golden Valley Health Centers and helping patients and staff, the Foundation was started as a safeguard against unpredictable economic and political changes.
Kassey Mosher, executive director of the Foundation, says since 2016, the 501 (c) (3) with its own board of directors, has raised nearly $2 million and distributed $1 million to the GVHC system as well as patients and employees who found themselves in emergency situations.
An unusual FQHC
“GVHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center,” says Mosher, “but it is one of a handful in the nation with an active, fully-functioning foundation — which is unusual because most of them are small and unfamiliar with fundraising.” Mosher adds, “The majority of our providers are just out of school and have recently moved to the community. We routinely reach out to them in order to include them in activities and help them feel part of our big GVHC family. One nurse midwife sent us a note saying, ‘I know that my real job involves bringing babies into the world but playing the role of Santa every year is a crucial opportunity to give back to my patients in a meaningful, fun way. Thank you!’”
“Providers with a purpose.”
“We are always looking for ways to improve lives. One of our efforts is the ‘Making a Difference’ campaign wherein employees donate to support co-workers and patients who are in extreme need. For example, if an employee or patient experiences a financial catastrophe (employees) or in need of uncovered care outside of our clinic walls (patient), we step in and donate up to $1,000 each to help them stay healthy,” Mosher comments.
The foundation has also provided 3,000 backpacks to local school children, using money from its employee giving campaign. The “Wine, Women and Shoes” event slated for June 14, 2019, will raise money to provide healthcare to underserved women’s health and pediatric patients. Then in October, the foundation hosts the “Weekend with Legends,” a two-day gala and golf event that features former pro sports players and other luminaries.
“We like to put the ‘fun’ in ‘fundraising,” admits Mosher. “And to accomplish this while raising money to help others is golden.”