Communities invest more than $326 million in 2023 to Providence philanthropy, new report shows

More than 50,000 donors to Providence foundations fund critical research, clinical breakthroughs, patient support services and technological advances in urban and rural communities across the Western U.S. 

RENTON, Wash., May 8, 2024 – Providence, a not-for-profit health system serving the Western U.S., released its 2023 Philanthropy Gratitude Report, highlighting the health system’s philanthropic initiatives and fundraising efforts across its seven-state footprint. Gifts to Providence’s 40+ foundations totaled $326.7 million in 2023. 

“The past four years have been a challenging time for health care, as we recover from the pandemic and contend with the national shortage of health care professionals. Yet, we serve more people in need year over year and continue to advance innovations to help us care for patients in new and better ways. That’s why philanthropy is more important than ever,” said Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Providence.  

Donor investments in 2023 supported: 

  • Research, clinical trials and innovative new treatments that improve patient outcomes 
  • Filling care gaps to ensure local communities have access to excellent care, closer to home 
  • Expansion for critical care, providing greater access to specialized and emergency services  
  • Addressing disparities in health care for vulnerable populations, including expecting mothers and children 
  • Areas of greatest need in local communities 

The report includes numerous stories of the ways philanthropy is improving health in our communities, including stories of grateful patients whose lives were saved in emergency departments, innovative research projects funded by donors seeking to find better treatments for cancer and heart conditions, donors who are investing to bring the latest technology close to home and groundbreaking projects that help children with mental wellness as well as new moms with the birthing experience. 

Philanthropic efforts across the Providence family of organizations help respond to those most in need and complement Providence’s broader community investment and impact work, including its grantmaking, community benefit programs, health equity commitments, sustainability efforts, volunteerism and more.  

“Philanthropy is one of the many ways Providence lives out its Mission and continues a long-standing legacy of charitable, not-for-profit Catholic health care dating back to 1856. Today, our Mission still calls us to serve those most in need. Donor support furthers access to health care for all and creates healthier communities. We are so grateful to our many generous donors who support the Mission of Providence, "said Laurie Kelley, Providence senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer. 

Providence’s 2023 Philanthropy Gratitude Report shares donor impact highlights and our collective efforts to make lasting, meaningful impact on thousands of lives in the communities we serve. View the full report here

About Providence:  

Providence is a not-for-profit Catholic health system and one of the nation’s largest health systems, comprising a diverse family of organizations and driven by a belief that health is a human right. With 51 hospitals, over 1,000 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing, and many other health and educational services, the health system and its partners employ more than 121,000 caregivers serving communities across seven states – Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, with system offices in Renton, Wash., and Irvine, Calif. Learn about our vision of health for a better world at