AdventHealth Waterman Foundation Recognized by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

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TAVARES, Fla., December 27, 2019 – The AdventHealth Waterman Foundation was recently recognized by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and was one of 83 organizations included on the 2019 High Performer’s list.

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy recognized 74 U.S. and 10 Canadian philanthropic organizations as high-performing fundraisers in the healthcare industry for fiscal year 2018.

In 2018, the AdventHealth Waterman Foundation raised nearly $3.9 million, including over $480,000 to support the emergency department construction. Additionally, the AdventHealth Waterman Foundation awarded 17 local students with scholarships to pursue careers within the healthcare industry and provided 133 mammograms to local women in need.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s high-performing philanthropic organizations,” said April Kauffman, AdventHealth Waterman Foundation president and chief philanthropy officer. “We are so thankful for our donors. This award is a testament to the power of generosity and stewardship. The impact is a blessing to the patients AdventHealth Waterman is called to serve.”

A total of 212 U.S. and 35 Canadian institutions submitted data on their fiscal year 2018 philanthropic activities, with response rates of 24.5 and 26.5%, respectively.

The 84 organizations recognized – including the AdventHealth Waterman Foundation – represent the top 25% in net fundraising returns per each entity type reported. They are primarily foundations affiliated with nonprofit hospitals or health systems that were surveyed for the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s 2019 Report on Giving, which provides key industry benchmarks for healthcare fundraisers.

“We are thrilled to recognize a record number of high performers this year,” said Alice Ayres, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy president and CEO. “The change in criteria allowed us to continue to award those outstanding achievements of our members supporting larger scale communities, but also to call out those working within smaller facilities that are producing the same level of exceptional work. We’re eager to see where their performance carries them in 2020.”

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy was established in 1967 and represents nearly 4,500 development professionals at 1,900 nonprofit hospitals, medical centers, health systems, and related facilities internationally. Association for Healthcare Philanthropy has sponsored the annual Report on Giving for 35 years and has released the 2019 Report on Giving last week. To learn more about the Report on Giving and view the full list of 2019 high performers, visit

About AdventHealth Waterman
AdventHealth Waterman in Tavares has 299-beds and is one of the six hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the AdventHealth Central Florida Division - North Region. Formerly known as Florida Hospital Waterman, the organization’s parent company changed the name of all wholly-owned entities to AdventHealth on Jan. 2, 2019. Based in Altamonte Springs, AdventHealth is a connected system of care. With more than 80,000 team members, AdventHealth is one of the nation’s largest faith-based health care systems with nearly 50 hospitals and hundreds of care sites in nearly a dozen states. AdventHealth Waterman is located in the heart of Lake County and was founded in 1938 by Frank Waterman. With the mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth Waterman provides whole person care to heal the body, mind and spirit. For more information about AdventHealth Waterman, visit

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The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy recently recognized the AdventHealth Waterman Foundation as a high-performing charitable organization in the healthcare industry for fiscal year 2018. The AdventHealth Waterman Foundation raised nearly $3.9 million in 2018. Pictured here, BraVo, an annual charitable fundraising event of Artisans on fifth, presents a check to the AdventHealth Waterman Foundation. These funds helped AdventHealth Waterman provided 133 mammograms in 2018 to patients who could not afford one.

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