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2019 My Giving Helps Employee Campaign Video
Each year, My Giving Helps collaborates with employees from across Mass General to create a video to raise awareness about this campaign. This year’s video highlights the impact that donations to My Giving Helps make across the hospital and in our communities, while reaffirming that continued support is essential.
About My Giving Helps
My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign celebrates a long-standing culture of philanthropy at our hospital and reaffirms our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our patients and our community.
For over 16 years, Massachusetts General Hospital has partnered with United Way to give back to the Greater Boston community. Every year this campaign celebrates and supports the best of what we do at Mass General. Thank you for being generous members of the Mass General community.
Thank you to our My Giving Helps Co-Chair Committee!
How will you support My Giving Helps?
The My Giving Helps Impact
The success of our annual My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way campaign is a sign of how passionate our community is about Mass General, its mission and about giving back to the community.
Please take this opportunity to join your colleagues and consider supporting My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way campaign today. Thank you for being generous members of the Mass General community.
How does your gift help?
From clinical advances at Mass General to helping local families in need, your generosity touches the lives of countless patients and members of our community. Below are stories and videos about how your gifts to the MGH Fund, United Way or both are helping to advance care within our hospital and support vulnerable populations in and around Boston.
We are on the lookout for My Giving Helps Champions. Our campaign volunteers, known as Champions, act as advocates for the My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign and help to build a grassroots campaign from the ground up.
No matter their day jobs, Champions contribute extra time and energy by volunteering for My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign. As a Champion, you’ll have the opportunity to support My Giving Helps by:
• Raising awareness among colleagues
• Giving presentations at department meetings
• Staffing information tables
• Promoting and volunteering at events
• Leading participation-based challenges across the hospital
Thank You to Our My Giving Helps Champions!
- Nancy Balch
- Guillermo Banchiere
- Sherrill Boudreau
- Deborah Boudrow
- Cheryl Brathwaite
- Asmar Caspi
- Pamela Cazeau
- Casey Chamberlain
- Gail Corey
- Patricia Daunais
- Carla D’Avanzo
- Keosha Denis
- John Driscoll
- Edward Emde
- Paul Faluyi
- Siobhan Haughey
- Artonia Johnson
- Vashine Kamesan
- Bethany Marullo
- Farhiya Mohamoud
- Sherri Gayle Murray
- Van Nguyen
- Firdosh Pathan
- Jimmy Quirk
- Ed Raeke
- Ruth Stokes
- Erik Sundell
- Judy Tarselli
- Rosa Torres
Year in Review
What a successful year 2019 was! The 2019 My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign brought in over $1,120,000! We couldn’t have done it without the support of staff from across Mass General! Over 6,800 employees donated to My Giving Helps over the past year, a truly remarkable number which continues to highlight the generosity of those working at this institution. Donations to this initiative aid a variety of areas across the hospital including this year’s support of the new Center for Gun Violence Prevention.
- The year began with what has now seemingly become an annual New England Patriots raffle, which allowed for one lucky Mass General employee and a guest to attend this year’s big game in Atlanta
- In February, the My Giving Helps employee community “shared their love” by writing messages of love and support to fellow colleagues, friends and family around Mass General.
- May ushered in another employee raffle, this time centered around a trip to London. This raffle gave one Mass General employee and her husband the chance to attend some incredible events taking place in London, England, including the Home Base Mission: Gratitude Gala held at Kensington Palace, featuring a performance by Sting, as well as a Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees game at London Stadium. Also in May, colleagues from around the hospital participated in Nurse Recognition Week to show support for nurses at Mass General.
- June once again saw the anticipation and fun build for the annual Employee Picnic and Operation Game. This event held on the Bulfinch Lawn brought together nine teams from different departments across the hospital to compete for the Championship trophy and bragging rights.
- In July, Mass General staff participated in a day of service at the United Way’s annual Greater Boston Project Connect event in Roxbury.
- September was the culmination of many months’ worth of efforts and saw My Giving Helps Co-Chairs, Champions, off-site partners and friends of the campaign come together to raise funds and awareness.
Through all of these incredible efforts and partnerships, over 1,000 additional donors were brought to the campaign. As 2019 comes to a close, the My Giving Helps employee campaign looks forward to 2020 and the many exciting initiatives on the horizon. Thank you to everyone who participated over the course of this year, we are incredibly grateful for your participation and support.
June 17: Employee Picnic
September 7 – 11: My Giving Helps Kickoff Week
September 14 – 18: MGH Fund Week
September 21 – 25: United Way Week
September 28 – October 2: Spirit Week
For the Win!
In January, one lucky Mass General employee, Javier Martinez, won a New England Patriots VIP experience by entering a My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign raffle.
Javier’s experience included four lower bowl tickets to the New England Patriots AFC Wild Card game against the Tennessee Titans and a Tom Brady autographed jersey.
Proceeds generated from this employee-only raffle supported the MGH Fund and once again demonstrated how passionate Mass General employees are in supporting the hometown team.
When asked about winning the experience Javier said, “I can’t believe that I won this package with only a $10 entry. Even if the Patriots don’t win the game, my friends and I will have a great time cheering on the team. To top it off, I won a Tom Brady autographed jersey which I’m going to frame and display in my house for bragging rights!”
Through this unique raffle experience, over $25,000 was raised for the MGH Fund from 1,200 Mass General employees. To learn more about the MGH Fund, CLICK HERE.
Breaking the Ice
On October 26, one lucky Mass General employee, Jennifer Podesky, and her family had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of attending the Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues game at the TD Garden with an added twist. In addition to watching the action on the ice, they were able to meet Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask following the game and before the team hit the road for their next game. Jennifer won this experience by entering the My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way Employee Campaign raffle that took place throughout the month of October, an opportunity offered exclusively to employees.
Proceeds generated from this raffle supported the MGH Fund and helped build excitement among Mass General employees around the start of a new Boston Bruins season! Jennifer’s $10 ticket purchase won her family luxury suite tickets to the game, a meet-and-greet with Tuukka, a Boston Bruins team autographed jersey and overall an experience to share for years to come.
When asked about her experience Jennifer said, “My family was thrilled to have won the Bruins experience! We had a great time watching the Bruins play the Blues and meeting Tuukka Rask after the game. Tuukka was as nice as could be and so gracious to take the time to chat with us. It was win-win supporting My Giving Helps and having a great family experience!” Through this unique raffle experience, almost $27,000 was raised for the MGH Fund from over 1,400 Mass General employees.
To learn more about the MGH Fund, CLICK HERE.
MassGeneral Hospital for Children Donation
Through the My Giving Helps partnership with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, the program was recently able to donate 300 Build-A-Bear® teddy bears to the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Cancer Center.
Each year, the third week of the September My Giving Helps campaign is United Way week. This year, United Way expanded upon their past support and generously donated these bears for pediatric patients seeking care at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. On the day of the donation, Heather Peach, a child life specialist from MGHfC, along with United Way representatives and members of the My Giving Helps team were on site to receive the bears and bring them to the 8th floor of the Yawkey building where each found a new home and companion.
United Way representative Kelsey Killoran spoke about the partnership and donation stating, “United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimack Valley has had a great partnership with Mass General for many years, so it was a no-brainer to reach out to the Development team when we received the donation of teddy bears. It’s incredible to see the generosity Mass General employees give to their patients every day, so to see them be able to quickly and kindly deliver these teddy bears to children was just another way they continue to give back to our community.”
Child life specialist Heather Peach said, “Donations such as these teddy bears go so far in helping to lift the spirits of patients while they receive care from us. On behalf of my team, I’d like to thank all of the employees who contribute to My Giving Helps and continue to make a difference for our patients and community.”
To learn more about the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, CLICK HERE.
Greater Boston Project Connect
Each year, Mass General supports the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley at its annual Greater Boston Project Connect (GBPC) event held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. A one-day, full-service gathering, this event invites our entire community to come together in support of families in transition or those who are experiencing homelessness. In its third year, GBPC provided hundreds of families with free resources throughout the course of the day, including employment services, haircuts, professional clothing, health and wellness assistance, government and legal aid, family resources and many other services.
Staff from across Mass General volunteered their time to give back to those in need. Jacob B. Mirsky, MD, a primary care physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Revere HealthCare Center, was on hand to host “Ask a Doctor” sessions for families in attendance. In addition, six Mass General dietetic interns in our Nutrition and Food Services Department — Shelagh Curran, Natalie Goodwin, Emily Hayes, Julia Navon, Emma Newell and Jordan Shute — gave their time to provide nutritional solution seminars for these families. Dietetic Intern Emma Newell shared her thoughts on the event, saying, “I loved participating in this event and being able to discuss common misconceptions related to nutrition with the community. Far too often eating a more nutrient rich diet can get a bad reputation for being too unrealistic due to extreme cost. It was great to help educate the participants who spoke with us about tasty, nutritious options that you can get for a very low price! It was an amazing event and we were so lucky to be a part of it!”
To learn more about Greater Boston Project Connect, click here.
London Raffle in Support of My Giving Helps
This past May, My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign held an online raffle for a chance for one lucky employee and a guest to join Mass General’s annual visit to London, England. Each year, departments from across the hospital travel to London to participate in a variety of events with donors, colleagues, friends and family.
This year, the events included the Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees games held for the first time ever at London Stadium, the Home Base Mission: Gratitude Gala held at Kensington Palace, featuring a performance by Sting!
The special addition this year was Mass General’s very own, Jeanne Flannery, and her husband David, who joined in the once-in-a-lifetime experience after winning the online raffle.
Upon returning from London, Jeanne commented, “Winning the London trip raffle was truly an experience of a lifetime. It was inspiring to learn about the Home Base program, while experiencing the beauty and history of Kensington Palace. Watching the historic Red Sox vs Yankees game in the London Series was a thrilling experience as well, but I must admit, the private concert with Sting was a definite highlight. I still can’t believe I won this trip, it really felt like a dream. I’m forever grateful to Mass General and The MGH Fund for giving my husband and me this incredible opportunity.”
This raffle not only gave a dedicated Mass General employee the chance to attend these magnificent events, it also raised important funds for the MGH Fund.
To learn more about the MGH Fund, click here.
We hope you had the chance to take a break from work on June 19 to attend the Employee Picnic and have some fun out on the Bulfinch Lawn. My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign once again brought back the life-size Operation game for the annual “surgical” competition. Nine teams comprised of staff members from across Mass General competed for a chance to win the 2019 Operation game trophy and bragging rights.
When asked about the event, Latoya Brewster from the United in Diversity team said, “What I love about the employee picnic is that it gives everyone the opportunity to step away from their everyday responsibilities for a short time and have fun together! For just a little while, we are all on the same level, and are able to see each other as regular people. We laugh and hold lighthearted conversations while enjoying a great meal and having a friendly competition during the Operation game.”
In the weeks leading up to the competition, each team fundraised for the ability to gain additional “operating” time. Individual teams created their own fundraising initiatives, from inter-departmental raffles to candy sales to “jeans Friday” programs. In the end, the competition was close, with United in Diversity winning “most funds raised” with $7,056 and The Particle Accelerators winning “most donors” with over 150 employees donating to their team. Overall, over $26,000 was raised in support of My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign.
This year’s Operation winner was Team Surgery, captained by Jordan Bloom, MD, and joined by special guest, former New England Patriot Max Lane. Honorable mentions go out to Team Synapse and The Chosen Ones for their tough competition in the final round of the game.
Although United in Diversity didn’t win Operation, Team Captain Dulce Cardona-Rivera spoke about the employee picnic, saying, “For the past couple of years, I have had an opportunity to work with a group of caring people. Together we find ways to make the My Giving Helps employee campaign a successful one. Our fun ideas to raise money for the campaign have not only been one of my best experiences but also a way to get to know each other and continue to support each other in this community. We need to always remember the future belongs to those who want to make a difference in life.”
To learn more about the MGH Fund, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I donate to My Giving Helps?
You may make a one-time gift to the MGH Fund, United Way or both at any time by clicking here. You can also make a recurring gift through payroll deduction to the MGH Fund, United Way or both during the campaign period of September 9, 2019 through October 4, 2019. Payroll deduction forms will be available here beginning in September.
Is my gift to My Giving Helps automatically split between the MGH Fund and United Way?
No. You will be able to designate an amount of your choice to the MGH Fund and/or the United Way. One-time gifts must be made directly to each organization for tax purposes. For payroll deduction gifts, please indicate the amount for each organization on the form. We encourage you to support both, but the choice is yours. Your gift will not be automatically split between both funds, and the campaign does not combine gifts to the MGH Fund and United Way.
Do I need to make gifts to both funds to be part of this campaign?
While you are encouraged to support the MGH Fund and United Way with a gift to each in any amount, you may choose to donate to one or the other. Your participation in the overall My Giving Helps campaign will still be recognized.
Can I volunteer to help with the My Giving Helps campaign?
Yes! We have many opportunities for you to get involved with the campaign and be a leader among your colleagues while having fun. Find out more and sign up to become a My Giving Helps Champion here.
Will my payroll deduction gift(s) to the MGH Fund and/or United Way roll over to next year?
Yes, your payroll deduction will automatically renew each year unless you cancel or modify it.
How can I update or cancel my payroll deduction?
During the My Giving Helps campaign period of September 9, 2019 through October 4, 2019, you may alter your payroll deduction gift or make a new payroll pledge to the MGH Fund and/or United Way here. If you would like to cancel your gift, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When do my payroll deductions to the MGH Fund and/or United Way begin?
New payroll deduction gifts made during the My Giving Helps campaign period of September 9, 2019, through October 4, 2019, will start in January 2020.
If I make my gift through payroll deduction, is it deducted out of my pre-tax or post-tax pay?
All gifts made through payroll – whether to the MGH Fund or United Way – are post-tax, but they are fully tax-deductible. You will receive a tax statement regarding your donation to the MGH Fund from Mass General's Development Office after the first of every year. You will receive a separate tax statement from United Way if you donated via cash, check or credit card. If you made a United Way contribution via payroll deduction, you may use a pay stub or W-2 form to substantiate the annual amount withheld.
Can I make a gift in cash or by check?
Yes, cash or check donations can be mailed to the MGH Development Office at 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Checks to MGH should be made out to Massachusetts General Hospital and checks to United Way should be made out to United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. Please include a note indicating that this is for the My Giving Helps campaign.
How much are people giving? What do you expect of me?
Your gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated. Whether you give a few dollars a week or make a one-time gift in any amount that you feel is appropriate, your giving does make a difference. Our goal is to encourage as many employees as possible to contribute to the MGH Fund and United Way as a means of showing Mass General's commitment to our patients, families and community. If every staff member gave just $1 a week, it would amount to more than $1 million a year!
Can I make my gift anonymous?
Yes, simply check the anonymous box on the pledge card or form you fill out.
Will my co-workers know if I gave or did not give and how much I gave?
In appreciation of our donors' generosity, we will be listing all donors to the MGH Fund and/or United Way alphabetically on the MGH Intranet. We will not be listing donors by gift amount, or if they request to be anonymous.
What if I designate my gift to another Mass General fund? Does it count?
Gifts made to a restricted fund at the hospital via the My Giving Helps campaign will count towards the overall participation goal. However, they will not be counted in the campaign's fundraising total. While we are very grateful for your support to any area of the hospital, The MGH Fund and United Way are the two recognized philanthropic priorities of Mass General and the My Giving Helps campaign.
The MGH Fund supports Mass General's overall mission, allowing us to pursue advances in medicine and research throughout the hospital. There is no corner of the hospital or clinical specialty that the MGH Fund has not touched. In fact, some areas that have received funding from the MGH Fund directly benefit our employees, such as the Ambulatory Practice of the Future and the Be Fit program. Your unrestricted gift to the MGH Fund allows the hospital to grow and thrive. We greatly encourage you to designate your gift to the MGH Fund and to ask others to do so as well.
I want to split my gift between two different areas at Mass General. Is this possible?
Yes. When you are filling out the gift form, simply write the fund names and percentage of the entire gift that you want directed to each. However, only gifts designated to the MGH Fund and/or United Way will count towards our campaign goal.
What does my gift to the MGH Fund support?
Your gift to the MGH Fund provides unrestricted dollars that touch all clinical areas of the hospital. Mass General leadership uses the MGH Fund to support particularly promising research, improve safety and patient care and foster healthcare initiatives around the globe and in our neighborhoods. Gifts to the MGH Fund keep Mass General at the forefront of modern medicine by allowing us to meet pressing opportunities and challenges in today's dynamic healthcare environment. Find out more about how your giving helps.
What does my gift to United Way support?
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is advancing the common good in our region by providing help today in ways that will strengthen tomorrow. The organization's work ensures that children are ready to learn when they enter school, stay engaged in learning and graduate ready to compete. The organization also ensures children are nurtured by families that have the financial stability to support both their basic needs and future success. No other single organization has the scope, expertise and influence to bring together hundreds of human services agencies, government, businesses, private foundations and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating maximum impact and achieving long-lasting results. Find out more about how your giving helps.
Why did you combine the campaigns for the MGH Fund and United Way?
My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way celebrates a culture of philanthropy at our hospital and reaffirms our commitment to the Mass General mission of improving the health and well-being of our patients, their families and the diverse communities we serve. By joining the MGH Fund and United Way campaigns under one umbrella, you now have the opportunity to holistically support that mission.
We also understand that being asked for donations at different times throughout the year can be confusing. By combining two of the hospital's philanthropic priorities into one campaign, we hope to make the process easier and more focused.
How can I use stock for my gift?
Yes. It’s easy to donate stocks, bonds and mutual fund shares to support Mass General, and it may provide you significant tax benefits. Click here to get started.
Can I use other assets for my gift?
Yes! Your IRA, life insurance policy and Donor Advised Fund are all potential sources of immediate support. And remember, with minimal effort and no cost, you also can name MGH alongside family members to receive a portion of your account assets. Learn more.
How can I support My Giving Helps through my longer-term plans?
There are so many ways to give without affecting your finances today. Review your options.
For questions or comments, please complete the form below, call the My Giving Helps team at 617-724-6440, or email email@example.com.