report on giving 2016

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others.

Sharp, San Diego’s health care leader, is committed to providing the highest quality of care, the latest medical technology and superior service to our patients and their families. As a not-for-profit organization, Sharp relies on philanthropic support from people like you to continue to bring the very best that health care has to offer to those we serve each day.

In just a few short years, you and thousands of fellow donors have helped us raise $100 million through INSPIRE: The Sharp HealthCare Campaign for Excellence.

This incredible generosity allows us to bring ever-greater levels of care to the San Diego community at our respected regional medical centers and specialty hospitals — and ensure that tomorrow's generations will benefit as well.

With you as our philanthropic partner, we are delivering the highest quality care to those we serve through:

specialized programs



skilled and
compassionate caregivers



As a donor, you are truly changing lives. Thank you for your generous support.

Some of our many accomplishments during INSPIRE include:

Premier health care facilities

Created Premier Health Care Facilities
Six visionary investments in the health of San Diego were brought to reality with the help of philanthropy between 2010 and 2016, from the Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center to the Sharp Allison deRose Rehabilitation Center on the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus. 


Advanced technology and skilled caregivers 
Ensured Medical Advancements and Skilled Caregivers Are Available in Our Community 
Philanthropy made it possible to equip expert caregivers at Sharp's hospitals and medical centers with robotic systems for personalized and minimally invasive surgeries, specialized cardiac catheterization labs and state-of-the-art imaging technology.

And more than 150 scholarships were provided to help Sharp nurses expand their knowledge and professional opportunities and advance their careers through the Center of Nursing Excellence.  

Financial Health

Thanks to you and nearly 9,500 annual donors, the financial health of the Foundations of Sharp HealthCare remains strong. 

Donors to Foundations of Sharp HealthCare in 2016

More than $18 million was contributed in 2016,

Contributions in 2016

and nearly $16 million was distributed for capital projects,
technology and programs throughout Sharp.

Capital projects, technology and programs


Philanthropy continues to provide a significant portion of Sharp's annual investment in our community's health care. With decades of community support and prudent management, the Foundations have more than $106 million in assets that will support Sharp and health care in San Diego for years to come.


Amount Distributed

Coronado Hospital Foundation


Grossmont Hospital Foundation


Sharp HealthCare Foundation



Total Impact of Philanthropy




caring caring

You enhanced clinical and community programs, supporting Sharp's commitment to continually strive for a level of care that exceeds expectations.

Arts for Healing

Nearly $500,000 was contributed through INSPIRE to benefit the Arts for Healing program on the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus, which introduces art, music and writing into the healing process to minimize stress, elevate spirits and increase comfort — often contributing to faster recovery.

$106,331 was distributed to support the program in 2016, allowing 20,000 patients and loved ones to experience the healing power of art and music.


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learning learning   

You supported research and education, allowing Sharp caregivers to continue to learn and conduct actionable research that improves the quality of patient care.

Neonatal Research Institute

More than $4 million was contributed through INSPIRE to support enhancements to care at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, including facility renovation and expansion, patient navigation programs and innovative research to improve the long-term health of at-risk infants.

$660,611 was distributed to support the Neonatal Research Institute in 2016, making 14 research trials involving 500 newborns possible. 


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building building

You made gifts in support of construction projects, ensuring that our community receives medical care in facilities that are second to none.

Payne Family Outpatient Pavilion

More than $32 million was contributed through INSPIRE to help construct and renovate healing environments to care for patients around the county.

$817,996 was distributed in 2016 to support the construction of the Payne Family Outpatient Pavilion, a dedicated outpatient surgery center for advanced and patient-centered diagnostic and procedural services.


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How gifts were made during INSPIRE

Guardian Angel gifts

23,930 Guardian Angel gifts in honor of 4,174 caregivers

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 Giving Society members  

432 members of Pillars of Philanthropy giving society

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    Distinguished Corporate Sponsors

Support of two or more annual fundraising events from 165 Distinguished Corporate Sponsors

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Memorial and tribute gifts

9,242 gifts in memory or honor of loved ones

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Planned gifts

161 contributions made as part of planned gifts that will benefit Sharp for years to come

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Employee donors

More than $7 million in payroll deduction, PTO and cash gifts from 3,180 employee donors

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growing growing 

You helped expand the knowledge and competency of physicians, nurses and staff, so skilled and compassionate caregivers will be available for those in need.
Center of Nursing Excellence supporter Susan Stone

More than $1.5 million
was contributed through INSPIRE to develop education programs and expand knowledge and professional opportunities for Sharp nurses and staff through the Center of Nursing Excellence and other employee scholarship programs.

was distributed in 2016, providing 27 scholarships to caregivers seeking to advance their careers.


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leading leading

You supported the acquisition of the latest technology, ensuring that the benefits of proven medical advancements are available in our community.

Reinaldo W. Beyer, M.D., Hybrid Procedure Room

Nearly $7 million 
was contributed through INSPIRE to help acquire advanced technology to save lives and improve quality of life.

$288,255 was distributed in 2016 to support cardiac programs and research at Sharp Memorial Hospital, including the development of the Reinaldo W. Beyer, M.D., Hybrid Procedure Room. 

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Other areas where gifts were delivered
in 2016

$3,690,539 was distributed to support equipment furthering leading-edge cardiac care to meet the growing needs of the East County region at the Heart and Vascular Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.

$2,558,524 was distributed to support the construction of South Bay's first new hospital in more than 40 years at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center through the Above and Beyond campaign.

$562,702 was distributed to support advanced technologies, healing environments and patient and community programs at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers.

$481,408 was distributed to support personalized and highly specialized oncology services at Sharp Memorial Hospital, including the brain cancer treatment program at the Laurel Amtower Cancer Institute and Neuro-Oncology Center, the first of its kind in the region.

$446,860 was distributed to support life-changing patient programs and comforting renovations at the Sharp Allison deRose Rehabilitation Center on the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus.



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