Providence launches national foundation to advance top priorities

December 1, 2021

Focus areas include innovation, health equity, environmentalism


Providence St. Joseph Health has started its first national foundation to generate funding for its top pressing goals and challenges. The Providence National Foundation will raise money to increase access to health care, to focus on pressing needs in mental health, sustainability, health equity, whole-person care and vulnerable communities across the seven western states where the system operates.


Laurie Kelley, Providence St. Joseph senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer, heads the Renton, Washington-based foundation. Kelley says the new organization aims to raise between $3 million and $5 million within two years. Once it gains momentum, the Providence National Foundation hopes to raise more than $20 million annually.

Its funding priorities include facilitating the continuing shift from the traditional health care model to a model that is more fully focused on whole-person care; advancing innovation through technology, data and research; leveraging facilities' clinical expertise; addressing the social determinants of health; promoting health equity; and championing environmental stewardship.

The national foundation will complement the efforts of the 40 foundations that operate in the system's local markets.

The national foundation's fundraising "is not at the expense of our local and regional foundation efforts. Providence is investing in its philanthropy teams, realizing that we have an opportunity to grow our results and thus impact more people," she says.

The national foundation will work with local ones to build stronger ties with existing donors and cultivate new donors. It will facilitate increased communication among representatives from these local foundations to foster the sharing of strategies and tools, especially when they have the same fundraising aims.

For about two years, representatives from the system's local foundations have come together monthly in subject matter expert groups to exchange ideas. The collaborative structure helps give Providence's smaller foundations access to the tools and practices of the larger ones.

The Providence National Foundation Board of Directors

Chair William Kennedy, retired corporate vice president for Microsoft

Vice chair Christine Schaeffer, president of Meissner Manufacturing

Sandra Andrews senior vice president, clinical operations and analytics for Providence St. Joseph Health

Dr. Nwando Anyaoku, chief health equity officer of Swedish Health Services, an affiliate of Providence St. Joseph Health

Joe Boyle, president, chairman and chief executive of Columbia Sportswear

Majdi Daher, chief executive of Denali Advanced Integration, an information technology company

Corey duBrowa vice president, global communications and public affairs for Google/Alphabet

Katherine Durham, retired senior vice president of The Standard, a Portland, Oregon, insurance company, and the vice chair of the board of directors of the OnPoint Community Credit Union of Portland

Dr. Rod Hochman, president and chief executive of Providence St. Joseph Health

Laurie Kelley, senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer, Providence St. Joseph Health

Peter Lynch, principal, B. Riley Real Estate

Jason Metrokin, president and chief executive, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, an Alaskan Native company that invests in tourism, industrial services, government services, construction and seafood industries

Dan Pope, mayor, Lubbock, Texas

Margarita Solazzo, retired president, Capella + Solazzo Design

Gilbert Wootton, Seattle office managing director, Accenture


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