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History of The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation
As Brooklyn’s first voluntary hospital, The Brooklyn
Hospital Center (TBHC) has been fortunate enough to receive the generous
support of others while working to fulfill its motto “Every Person, Every Moment, Every
For 167 years TBHC’s reciprocal relationship with its philanthropists
has fostered collaboration in every facet of the hospital. As the first hospital to fundraise we take
great pride in our roots and value every contribution. Whether through time,
money or ideas, each has helped the hospital remain modern and innovative.
Brief History of Philanthropy at The Brooklyn Hospital Center
1839, Brooklyn Mayor Cyrus Smith witnessed a
gentleman from Buffalo break his leg on Flatbush Avenue. It dawned on Mayor Smith
that there was no hospital to bring him to for treatment. Mayor Smith &
Founders (Augustus Graham, Henry E. Pierrepont, A.A. Low and William Packer)
resolved to create a hospital to meet the needs of the growing city.
May 8, 1845 The Brooklyn City Hospital is
June 11, 1851, on the site next to old Fort
Greene on Dekalb Avenue purchased with donor money, the widow of Augustus Graham
(her late husband contributed $38,000) lays the cornerstone to build the
hospital that latter becomes The
Brooklyn Hospital Center.
Brooklyn Hospital Foundation is created by a cadre of trustees with the
foresight to determine that fundraising should remain an integral part of the
1986, the first annual Founders Ball is held to raise funds for the hospital.
Fall 2009, a reignited Annual Campaign leverages it team leaders, so that in a period of
three years it is able to grow from 95 employee donors to 443 in 2012, an increase
Fall 2010, Young
Leadership Council is established with ten exemplary young professionals
from a cross section of fields.
2011, in response to the inspired thoughts of
TBHC’s employees, the Foundation initiates the Departmental Grant Program (DGP) allocating over $50,000 to 16
different departments throughout the hospital.
2012, Foundation continues to expand the
Departmental Grant Program (DGP) awarding 21 separate grants to 18 different
departments within the hospital.
November 2012, The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation
donates $5,000 dollars to hospital employees suffering from Hurricane Sandy.
June 12, 2013, The Founders Ball, the first ever fundraiser held on the floor of the
Barclays Center raises a record $1.367 million.
Hospital Foundation is very proud to step into a strong, established
legacy of philanthropic work. The Foundation believes part of its mission is to
honor the integrity of the hospitals Founders. There are many ways you can jump into donating, so please
contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to
helping you decide where and how you can best help The Brooklyn Hospital Center.
The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation Staff
Debbie Niederhoffer, VP & Chief Development Officer - 718.250.8599 or firstname.lastname@example.org