2020 Philanthropy in Review Scroll Down


The outpouring of support from the community and partners of NorthShore was inspiring. Just knowing about that level of encouragement gave me and the rest of my team members more motivation in keeping up the fight against this pandemic every day.

—Farah, NorthShore Medical Assistant

In 2020, more than 3,000 donors responded to the call for help in fighting this pandemic.

$3 million was raised to buy personal protective equipment, upgrade patient care spaces and distribute free COVID-19 Care Kits to hundreds of patients recovering at home.

COVID-19 Research Fund

NorthShore Research Institute is using donations to fuel data analysis to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable populations. We're at the forefront of the pandemic fight by participating in research with institutions around the country.

Donors are making it possible for us to respond quickly to new opportunities and new ideas as we try to understand and fight this rapidly evolving pandemic. We’ve been able to do a lot of things that other institutions cannot.

—Michael Caplan, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, The Auxiliary of NorthShore Chair of Pediatrics

In 2020, The Associate Board of NorthShore funded over $111,000 worth of projects across NorthShore specifically benefitting the Department of Pediatrics and the Henrietta Johnson Louis Infant Special Care Unit (ISCU). These projects include but aren’t limited to: funding 16 NICVIEW cameras in the ISCU for loved ones to check in on their hospitalized infant over the internet, participating in a 1:1 match up to $25k to raise money for COVID Care Kits to help COVID patients recover at home and assisting over 400 underserved families with babies in the ISCU with daily needs like gas cards, groceries and necessary medical supplies.

Assistance Funds

My husband and I were both battling Stage 4 cancer. We didn’t know how we were going to pay our mortgage. The Kellogg Cancer Patient Assistance Fund enabled us to make two months of payments. Without those funds, we would have lost our house.

—Carol, Kellogg Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund Recipient

In 2020 the Kellogg Cancer Center Patient Assistance Fund provided 86 cancer patients with $237,500 to help pay for everyday expenses. This reduces stress for patients and families so they can focus on what really matters—fighting their disease.

Nursing Scholarships

Realizing that my dreams will come true to become a nurse makes me beyond happy. As a mother of two, helping to care for my elderly parents and working full-time, this scholarship gives hope to my entire family.

—Itzel, Mary Keegan Bachelor of Science in Nursing Scholarship Recipient

Scholarships supported 76 employees who have dreamed of becoming nurses or advancing their education. The $307,000 in funds will enable 7 associate’s, 27 bachelor’s, 35 master’s and 7 doctorate degrees to be awarded.

Each year, The Auxiliary of NorthShore awards a select number of $5,000 Nursing Scholarships to high school seniors in the NorthShore service area who show exemplary academic achievement and community involvement on their way to pursuing a career in nursing.

Top Row (L to R) - Leslie Sevcik, Olivia Headley, and Amita Khandekar. Nancy T. Semerdjian and Olivia Stevesn. Ashley Blankstein-Delaney and Fiona Werth. Bottom Row (L to R) - Margaret Sporer. Sophie Prozument and Nancy T. Semerdjian (Note: Photos taken prior to current CDC Pandemic Safety Guideline Recommendations.)

In addition to scholarships, The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem raised over $185,000 in support of SAVE MOMS.

SAVE MOMS, led by Beth Plunket, MD, MPH, Director of Research OB/GYN Maternal-Fetal Medicine at NorthShore uses NorthShore’s electronic health record (EHR) system to continuously track maternal health and alert the healthcare team before, during and after delivery to avoid serious complications through timely intervention.

Furthermore, The Auxiliary’s annual Holiday Diaper and Toy Drive continues to benefit the Perinatal Family Support Center during the holidays.

Planned Giving

For over 35 years, Selma Carton was an appreciative patient, friend and donor to now- retired NorthShore neurologist John P. McMahon, MD. Although a native and resident of Baltimore, Maryland, Carton was treated at Evanston Hospital by Dr. McMahon following a medical emergency while visiting her sister in 1982.

The severity of her illness was life threatening and she was exceptionally grateful for Dr. McMahon’s expertise, and that of his colleagues. To honor her doctor, she was inspired to provide academic and research support for the Department of Neurology, which included a substantial estate gift to create the Selma and Emanuel G. Carton Charitable Fund supporting an endowed chair alongside additional funds for the department.

Mrs. Carton passed away in October 2019 at age 96

The transformational gift from the estate of Selma Carton will have a profound impact on the innovative services our neurology department strives to provide. I am so grateful her generosity and including a gift of this magnitude in her estate celebrates the care she was given while advancing the practice of Neurology at NorthShore for years to come.

—Susan Rubin, MD, Clinical Chair, Ruth Cain Ruggles Chair of Neurology; Clinical Chair, Department of Neurology; and Medical Director, NorthShore Neurological Institute

Physicians answer the call when there’s a need in the community with gifts that inspire.

Physicians see the impact of philanthropy every day.


This knowledge [genetic testing] is powerful. I try to live in the moment, but I need to do what I can to protect my future and my family’s future.

—Sandra, DNA-10K Patient

A first-in-the-nation program to bring genetic testing to primary care for 10,000 patients. 10% of patients learned they are at higher risk for certain cancers or heart disease, and can now work with their doctor to take important steps to manage their risk.

NorthShore is appreciative of our donors, partners, and friends who are committed to our mission "to preserve and improve human life"

You are playing such an important role in transforming the lives of so many others.

Thank you.