Teaming up to help people live well

Advocate Aurora team members smash fundraising goals

2018 was an interesting year for Advocate Aurora Health team members. As the two already successful health care organizations became one, uncertainty would be inevitable. 

“Change can be a challenging time for anyone,” said Randy Varju, president of Advocate Aurora Health  Foundations. “But giving always feels good. It reminds us that we’re all in this together.”

That’s why we decided our first big fundraising effort together would be to combine our respective internal giving campaigns, each over 20 years strong.  And so, the Advocate Aurora Give Well Campaign was born. The campaign combined the best of both organizations’ initiatives and set a goal of raising $5.5 million.

Merging teams, surging hearts

Four hundred campaign champions from all over the system brought to life the campaign’s theme, “Teaming up to help people live well.” Not only did our team members exceed expectations; they smashed them. Here are the fundraising totals:

  • More than $6 million total dollars
  • Over $4.4 million for Advocate Aurora Funds
  • $1.7 million to area charities of their choice

“We’re really proud of how much money we raised, especially for Advocate Aurora Funds,” Randy concluded. “Those funds increase patient access, support innovation and improve health outcomes. When it comes to helping people live well, there’s not a better team in health care.”

(L-R) Missy Gonzales and Luther Carson show their spirit in Wisconsin
Hear from site champions

“It was really exciting to brainstorm with other team members, including my counterparts in Illinois, about ways to engage team members at the sites. Every one of us works incredibly hard, and every one of us has plenty to think about both in an out of work. Seeing the joy on my colleagues’ faces when they realized their impact, together as one team, made it all worth it.”—Luther Carson, Learning Coordinator at Aurora Administrative Offices in Milwaukee.
“I give back through the campaign because I believe at any time any one of us could be the person that needs help. I believe in paying it forward, and being a nurse, this is one more avenue I can use to assist other people and their families. It was an honor to serve on the first ever Advocate Aurora Give Well Campaign.” —Mary Clark, nurse manager at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, IL
(L-R) Mary Clark, Abbey Oman and Joe Malas team up in Illinois

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