On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019, The Chautauqua Center will join millions around the world participating in the global generosity movement called GivingTuesday. The program unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities through donations of money, time and goods. GivingTuesday inspires civic participation through support of organizations that unlock dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe. The event is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and has raised over $1 billion dollars in the U.S. since 2012.
The Chautauqua Center will use GivingTuesday to launch their countywide capital campaign Build Health to raise funds for the completion of a state-of-the-art health center at 107 Institute Street in Jamestown. In addition, the campaign seeks match funds to build a new clinic in Dunkirk.
The campaign is the culmination of efforts that began in 2010, when the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York determined that Chautauqua County was the highest need area in the nation without a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). An FQHC is a community-based provider that receives federal funds to provide health care services in underserved areas. FQHCs must meet a stringent set of requirements, including providing care on a sliding fee scale and operating under a governing board that includes patients. Their goal is to improve community health by serving everyone regardless of insurance or ability to pay.
The Chautauqua Center was created in 2013 as the region’s only FQHC, and currently provides medical, dental, behavioral health and pharmacy services to over 10,000 patients countywide. In addition to offering a wide range of integrated health services, the Center adds to the sustainability of the local health system through referrals and partnership with other organizations. The Chautauqua Center has grown each year since inception and employs a team of over 140 staff and medical providers. As patient numbers continue to increase, so has the urgency for additional clinic space where all services can be delivered under one roof.
The Center has raised over $4.5M from state and federal agencies and contributed $5.7M of private funds for the Jamestown building project. New Market Tax Credits were also secured, leaving a funding gap of approximately $4M to complete the 77,000 square foot facility. Plans to consolidate the Dunkirk sites into one health center are also underway. In August 2019, officials received a $3M grant from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program from the New York State Department of Health to support the Dunkirk project. Potential locations for the $6M new construction project are being reviewed.
“Nothing is more important to us than providing high quality patient-centered care. But it’s about more than simply addressing healthcare needs, it’s about working together to build stronger, healthier communities. In order to do this, we need to have the best possible facilities and equipment. We need the support of the community,” explained Mike Pease, CEO.
Those who are interested in joining The Chautauqua Center’s GivingTuesday initiative through an online contribution to their capital campaign can visit facebook.com/TheChautauquaCenter. Facebook is matching donations on December 3rd up to 7 million dollars nationwide on a first come first serve basis starting at 8 am that day.
Donations to the campaign can also be mailed to The Chautauqua Center, 319 Central Avenue, Suite B, Dunkirk, NY 14048, Attn. Amy Walters, CFO. The Chautauqua Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable entity. Gifts entitle donors to a charitable income tax deduction when submitting an itemized tax return. The Chautauqua Center will send donors a receipt that will serve as confirmation of the gift for tax purposes.
A variety of recognition opportunities have been developed for campaign gifts of $5,000 and greater to provide visible recognition for donors. These include name recognition for a specific period of time within targeted high-traffic areas of each site based on the donation level. Foundation and corporate sponsors will also receive recognition in marketing and outreach materials for a time period based on level of contribution. Donors may also elect to contribute anonymously or make a gift in memory or honor of someone else.
For more information, or for a PDF version of the campaign booklet, contact Sarah Gilbert, (716) 484-4334 ext 1349, or firstname.lastname@example.org.