February 24, 2021

Philanthropic Effort Closes After Raising More than US$476 Million

Sheann Brandon, Loma Linda University News

Loma Linda University Health announced a record US$476,832,220 raised during Vision 2020 – The Campaign for a Whole Tomorrow. The conclusion of the eight-year fundraising effort, which advanced the organization’s goal of furthering clinical care, education, and research, was celebrated Sunday, February 21, 2021.

Richard H. Hart, Loma Linda University Health president, expressed his deepest appreciation to every person who supported the campaign for contributing to the success of such an amazing accomplishment.

“We are so grateful for each supporter who gave through their commitment to our mission,” he said. “It is because of the unwavering support of our donors who responded beyond our expectations that Vision 2020 has had an incredible impact on our campus and has made a difference in the lives of those we serve every day.”

The US$476 million raised greatly exceeded the campaign’s original goal of US$366 million, with more than 40,500 donors making approximately 280,000 gifts to the campaign since its inception. More than US$411 million was designated for Vision 2020 priorities, with an additional US$65 million raised for other institutional projects. The announcement was made during a virtual celebratory event, during which more than 600 donors, employees, and friends of LLUH tuned in.

The campaign went public in July 2014 after a US$100 million gift made by Dennis and Carol Troesh was announced. Their gift will be forever honored through the naming of the Dennis and Carol Troesh Medical Campus, which encompasses the new Medical Center and Children’s Hospital towers.

Vision 2020 was the largest philanthropic effort ever undertaken by Loma Linda University Health, with the funds going toward:

  • clinical care: to construct a new Adult hospital and expanded Children’s Hospital, designed to meet California’s seismic building codes for health-care facilities
  • education and research: to support the training of the next generation of health-care professionals and challenge the boundaries of scientific research at Loma Linda University Health
  • wholeness: to expand knowledge and practice for how people around the world can enjoy lives of wholeness and health

Rachelle Bussell, senior vice president for advancement, echoed Hart’s gratitude to each individual who supported the campaign.

“Together, we have accomplished something truly remarkable,” she said. “As Vision 2020 comes to its conclusion, it is exciting to realize this is not the end of something, but the beginning of a bright future for Loma Linda University Health.”

The original version of this story was posted on the Loma Linda University Health news site.