Northwell Health Exceeds $1 Billion Goal in First Systemwide Fundraising Campaign

NEW HYDE PARK, NY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Northwell Health, New York State’s largest nonprofit healthcare provider and private employer, today announced that it has surpassed the $1 billion goal in its first all-encompassing fundraising campaign. system-wide. Funds raised have accelerated innovation and improved the quality of healthcare in the New York area and beyond.

Ahead of the Impossible: The Northwell Campaign supports Northwell’s promise to the people and communities it serves. The campaign, which launched publicly in October 2018, supports capital projects, improves hospitals and clinical programs, advances research and funds endowment. Since its inception, nearly 170,000 donors, including individuals, corporations and foundations, have contributed more than $1.02 billion to support the following areas:

  • Programmatic donations totaling $422 million;

  • Capital donations totaling $412 million;

  • Endowment donations totaling $186 million.

“We don’t believe in limits. We set a goal to raise $1 billion and we did it,” said the President and CEO of Northwell Health. Michael Dowling. “The extraordinary generosity of our donors has dramatically spurred advances in research, education, prevention and treatment. Philanthropy is an investment in each other, in our community and in the future, and it saves and improves people’s lives.

Best achievements of programmatic, capital and endowment campaigns

Funds raised to date have supported significant advancements in the Northwell service area, including the establishment of Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital, Clifford and Randi Lane Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, Beverly Advanced Surgery Pavilion and Attilio Petrocelli, of the Rahat & S. Zaki Hossain Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, Sandra Atlas Bass Center for Liver Diseases, and Helen & Alan Greene Lobby of North Shore University Hospital; the Katz Women’s Surgical Center at Glen Cove Hospital; Corey Critical Care Pavilion and Kanas Regional Cardiac Center at Peconic Bay Medical Center; the Entenmann Family Campus and Bohlsen Neuroscience Center at South Shore University Hospital; the Children’s Medical Fund Center for Diagnostic Studies, the Damaghi Family Pediatric Surgical Operating Complex, and the Gertrude and Louis Feil Post-Anesthesia Care Unit at Cohen Children’s Medical Center; the Seema Boesky Heart Center at Northern Westchester Hospital; the Friedman Transgender Health and Wellness Program at Lenox Hill Hospital; the Florina Cancer Center at the University of Staten Island and the Imbert Cancer Center in Bay Shore, NY; the addition of multiple care centers at Northwell Hospitals to enhance the patient and family experience; and advancing work in clinical trials, neuroscience, autoimmunity, and bioelectronic medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. For a full list of landmark and programmatic achievements, visit

A substantial amount of $186 million was raised during the Overcome the impossible campaign to support Northwell’s thriving endowment program, which provides in perpetuity financial support to support key leaders, faculty positions and programs. In particular, $60 million in support — nearly a third of the total endowment — came from Donald and Barbara Zucker for scholarship support and to train the next generation of Donald-style healthcare professionals. and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. Additionally, a transformational gift to endow the Katz Institute for Women’s Health ensures the advancement of care to meet and address the unique health needs of women. Donor support has also created 13 newly endowed Chairs and Chairs since the launch of the campaign, enabling Northwell to increase recruitment and attract the most talented researchers, clinicians and scholars. To learn more about staffing at Northwell, visit

Employees Support Northwell’s Mission and Fuel Campaign Success

Campaign donors include 11,600 employees, including 100% of Northwell executives, who have contributed more than $15 million to the campaign. Employees supported areas across Northwell, including the Caregiver Support Fund, which was established to help Northwell team members whose families have been financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and remain in place for those who face adversity.

“When donors support us, they are affirming their faith in Northwell and their commitment to improving health in our communities,” said Brian Lally, senior vice president and chief development officer of Northwell. “Our communities and employees have come together to support the philanthropic needs of our organization. In order to surpass the impossible, our work is never done. We are using this momentum to expand our campaign and provide additional support in critical areas where the need is great.”

Campaign momentum propels extension into new priority areas

With the success of the billion dollar milestone, the Overcome the impossible The campaign will run through December 2024 to raise an additional $400 million. The funds will support four key areas – behavioral health, health equity, cancer and expanding care in Manhattan – in addition to ongoing priorities across Northwell’s footprint, including continued support for employee wellness initiatives and the advancement of care in community hospitals. Objectives in each focus area include:

  • Behavioral health
    • Improve the behavioral health of children and adolescents by creating a unified center of excellence, and by training and recruiting professionals with expertise in pediatric behavioral health and research.

  • Health Equity
    • Bring about transformational change within the communities we serve by focusing on inequities in health care; addressing the social determinants of health; and promote research, education and innovation.

  • Cancer
    • To build a cancer business to include a cancer hospital in the central Northwell region and develop new treatments, expand clinical trials, improve outcomes and offer comprehensive survivorship programs to care for our patients holistically. We treat more New Yorkers diagnosed with cancer than any other health care provider in the state, with nearly 20,000 patients receiving cancer care at Northwell each year, according to inpatient and outpatient surgery data from the Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) (2020).

  • manhattan
    • Build a new state-of-the-art outpatient medical pavilion including a cancer center and expand access to care for New Yorkers.

As a not-for-profit organization, Northwell reinvests all funds back into the communities it serves. Philanthropy helps advance medicine by expanding and diversifying clinical trials and propelling innovative approaches to help address society’s systemic challenges by providing high-quality, accessible health care to all communities.

To learn more about Ahead of the Impossible: The Northwell Campaignincluding areas of impact and donors making a difference, visit To view the Portraits of Possible campaign success video, visit

About Northwell Health

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals, 850 ambulatory care facilities and more than 12,000 affiliated physicians. We care for more than two million people each year in the New York metropolitan area and beyond, thanks to the philanthropic support of our communities. Our 80,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,900 salaried physicians, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – strive to improve healthcare. We make breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We train the next generation of healthcare professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For more information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit

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