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A portion of the charitable funding that our foundation receives comes from private, family, community, and research foundations. Our team actively seeks out these groups to match program needs with funding. Before that happens, the foundation staff works closely with medical researchers, clinicians and program directors to identify external funding sources. Our foundation partners represent diverse interests from local, state, and national organizations. A local foundation, for example, helps fund mental health research. A West Texas family foundation funds our McLane Children’s camp for children with cancer and blood disorders, Camp Dreamcatcher. And a national foundation provides funding for our revolutionary Lyme disease research. Each year, Scott & White’s Corporate and Foundation Relations team submits more than 130 grant applications. “Between 25 and 30 percent of these applications are accepted, which is a high percentage for a healthcare foundation our size,” says Ms. Luppino. “We are always working hard to develop new funding sources and to establish relationships that will carry our goals forward.” The Corporate and Foundation Relations team seeks to create longterm partnerships with funders who desire to help make a difference in the community. When a corporation or foundation supports Scott & White Healthcare, they make a lasting investment in the lives of our entire community base, which covers more than 29,000 square miles. Affinity Groups Often the most focused programs are the local affinity groups that partner with the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation. Affinity groups are independent community groups or individuals who bring their own specific fundraising ideas to the foundation to determine how they can most successfully proceed, says Sonny Jaramillo, associate director of philanthropy. The foundation then assists the affinity group with advice, publicity and other support. For example, the Grand Avenue Theatre in Belton donated a portion of the profits from its Robin Williams film festival to benefit mental health services at Scott & White. This partnership called attention to the late actor’s struggle with depression and the need to support patients in the area who suffer from mental health issues. The foundation team is proactive in its efforts to ensure partner groups benefit from their fundraising efforts as well. Mr. Jaramillo has recently worked with several organizations in Marble Falls to raise funds for the new Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Marble Falls, a longawaited community health resource. Several local Marble Falls businesses joined the affinity group program by donating a portion of their sales for a day to the new hospital. Children at several schools also raised funds by filling up jugs with pocket change. “We want to make sure we can help our support group identify their own group’s strengths and constituents, to maximize the benefits both Scott & White and their group will get out of the event,” he says. n Get Involved! To learn more about shared benefits for your business, foundation, or community group as well as other Scott & White Healthcare Foundation programs, please contact: Lori Luppino Foundation Relations program 254-724-8130 | Angela McGeHee Corporate Relations program 254-724-1080 | Sonny Jaramillo Affinity Groups 254-760-7502 | | December 14 THE CATALYST 33