2020 Vidant Health Foundation Annual Report

Dear friends,

Now that the doors have closed on what was one of the most challenging years any of us have ever experienced, it is only fitting that we take a moment and reflect on all that 2020 was. We learned what social distancing meant and experienced quarantines of epic measures. We are wearing masks to protect each other and washing our hands more than ever before. And for many of us, working from home became the new normal.

While we all learned to live amidst a pandemic, the work of the Vidant Health Foundation continued. 2020 was a year marked by celebration-worthy milestones, as well as unprecedented community support for front line team members as they cared for patients with COVID-19. The Foundation celebrated 40 years of providing hope to eastern North Carolina by kicking off the first ever Founders' Circle event. Little did we know that a month later, our world would change drastically. Our team had to pivot and shift our most tried and true fundraising events to virtual, knowing that patients and team members needed support and encouragement more than ever.

This year's Annual Report looks much different than in years past in that it is all digital. What better time to try something new? We hope that you will still find the information useful and relevant.

Though our world is much different now, Vidant Health Foundation's vision to provide hope for the people of eastern North Carolina has remained constant. There is always hope for a healthier tomorrow, and that is reason to celebrate. Thank you for helping us provide this hope for our region.


Scott Senatore, President


Before COVID put a halt to all things normal, we were able to celebrate the amazing 40-year history of the Vidant Health Foundation. No celebration of the history of the foundation could be complete without recognizing the hundreds of dedicated individuals whose involvement and shared vision have made success possible. During the celebration, we formally introduced our Founders' Circle. The circle is comprised of all current and former Vidant Health Foundation board members. These are individuals who said “yes” to making health care accessible to friends and neighbors in our 29 county circle of influence. These are people who have dedicated the time, energy, resources, and passion to birth and ultimately grow and mature what is today an incredibly successful philanthropy...the Vidant Health Foundation!

While conversations were swirling and thought-leaders in our community were considering the creation of a foundation at the end of 1979, it wasn’t until 1980 that the first official foundation meeting took place. James Bailey, Kenneth Dews, Wilton Duke, Jack Minges, Jack Richardson, Betty Speir, and Bill Watson were the original trail-blazers present for those initial meetings in 1980. With a shared vision of developing a foundation, they met monthly to formalize the structure of what is now our thriving foundation. Since our inception in 1980, we’ve installed nearly 140 board members. Of these nearly 140 board members, 26 of them contributed for at least a decade of uninterrupted service!

In our 40-year history, we have funded the construction of the East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center, the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital, and the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Tower, home of Vidant Cancer Care. We have also opened The Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice House and The Service League of Greenville Interfaith Chapel. To keep care as close to home as possible, we have helped fund the latest and greatest in health care technology and equipment so patients don’t have to travel.

During the last 21 years, we have implemented a successful Community Benefit Grants Program which provides financial support to local non-profits that promote health and wellness, disease prevention, education, and direct health services in our rural communities. Since 1998, over $30 million dollars has been distributed to grant recipients in eastern North Carolina. Now, in our 35th year, we have been providing miracles for children and their families through funds raised during our annual CMN telethon. And finally, we launched an employee giving campaign, known as Vidant Gives in 2015. Over the past 5 years, our Vidant team members have donated $2.7 million dollars to funds that benefit both the needs of our patients and team members!

Thank you to everyone, who over the last 40 years, has helped us to advance the mission and vision of our organization. Your contributions have been instrumental in moving us forward.

June 2020


Last year brought significant changes to our normal schedule of events as we navigated our way through COVID-19. One of these changes was the cancellation of the 35th Annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Celebration Broadcast. As you know, this event is vital to our mission not only because of the dollars it generates, but also the opportunity it provides us to share with our loyal donors and supporters the impact of their donations in the lives of thousands of sick and injured children throughout eastern North Carolina.

Because we all know that “Kids Can’t Wait,” we were excited to work alongside our longtime television partner, WITN, to plan a Month of Miracles to raise funds and increase awareness about the amazing care that takes place every day at James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center. WITN viewers and CMN supporters were able to see miracle stories, as well as examples of how CMN dollars are utilized during this virtual fundraising event.

Throughout the entire month, there were numerous news stories, social media posts and on-air promotions highlighting the Month of Miracles. During the final week of June, various interviews were scheduled during the morning and afternoon newscasts on WITN with Maynard Children’s Hospital team members discussing the care provided at the hospital and how CMN dollars impact their work and sick and injured children’s lives.

A one-hour special aired June 27 highlighting the specialized care offered at Maynard Children’s Hospital along with featured stories of the 2020 CMN Miracle Children. The importance of various equipment, programs funded by CMN, and details about the care offered were also shared.

All Month of Miracles efforts resulted in more than $81,000 raised. Although we are all in a much different place than we were just a few short months ago, thanks to our generous donors, our work at Maynard Children’s Hospital continues because Kid’s Can’t Wait!


The Vidant Health Foundation set up the Hero Fund as a way to support our team members during the COVID-19 crisis. We were so encouraged by the expressions of support from those wanting to show appreciation to our front line healthcare workers who worked tirelessly, and sacrificed time away from their families, to help care for all of eastern North Carolina.

Donations to the Hero Fund were used to provide front line healthcare workers with items such as gift cards to local businesses/restaurants and meals that kept them well-nourished, refreshed and rejuvenated during challenging times. In addition to monetary and food donations, we also received PPE donations that were distributed to VMC and our other community hospitals throughout the region.

The world is a different place than it was at the beginning of 2020, but, thanks to donors like you, our work at Vidant Health continues, and the impact of your support is still evident in all that we do!


In 2020, the Vidant Health Foundation received tremendous support during a year unlike any other. Despite the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation received an outpouring of generosity from the community in eastern North Carolina. Over $10.7 million in gifts and grants were collected during the fiscal year, including invaluable personal protective equipment (PPE) for our front-line healthcare workers. Our generous donors also supported other critical needs such as cancer and pediatric services, patient support and programs directly benefiting our healthcare heroes.

The Foundation directs 100 percent of each gift directly to the designated area specified by each of our donors. Because of your generosity, the Foundation was able to distribute $14.8 million during the year for cancer care equipment, pediatric services, patient medical needs, team member support and various other health care initiatives across eastern North Carolina.

We are humbled by your continued commitment to the health and well-being of your community. Your support has been vital to the advancement of health care across eastern North Carolina.

Chris Smith, MSA, CPA -- VP, Finance and Operations



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