Employee Giving Campaign - MASH

MASH - Memorial Annually Supports Health

Every year, Memorial Health System employees have the opportunity to make a difference in our organization through philanthropy during the MASH campaign. Whether big or small, the combined gifts have a great impact on Memorial’s employees and the people and communities we serve.

Memorial Employees Donate Record-Breaking $301,000 to Annual Fundraising Campaign.

Thanks to 920 employees, including 100 first-time donors, Memorial’s annual employee giving campaign raised $301,352. All donations given to MASH stay within Memorial. This year, 55 percent of donors restricted their donation to a specific department, unit, fund or affiliate. Here are the totals for the most popular restricted donations:

  • Sharing Wishes Fund: $11,045
  • Cancer patient assistance funds: $15,134
  • SystemCare: $15,854
  • Memorial Behavioral Health: $17,110
  • Nursing Excellence Fund: $29,613
  • Other restricted funds: $81,165

More than $131,000 was left unrestricted and will be used in 2018 to fund grants awarded by the Foundation to support patient care, education and clinical research throughout Memorial Health System. The 2017 campaign, Join The Team, started April 17 and ended May 14. Visit the Foundation’s Facebook page to see pictures from our donor events.

For more information about our annual employee giving campaign, please contact the Memorial Medical Center Foundation at 217-788-4700.

MASH History

In 1989, a group of Memorial employees developed a plan to encourage co-workers to donate money for projects and programs at Memorial Medical Center. This early effort became known as MASH, which now stands for Memorial Annually Supports Health. The annual MASH campaign includes employees who work for Memorial Medical Center, Memorial Physician Services, Memorial Homes Services, Memorial Behavioral Health and Memorial Health System Corporate.

Since the first campaign 28 years ago, Memorial employees have donated more than $4.8 million through MASH to support patient care, education, research and co-workers throughout Memorial Health System.

MASH Funds At Work

By donating to the annual giving campaign, employees improve the lives of patients and co-workers. MASH donors can choose how their gift is used.

Unrestricted MASH Donations

Unrestricted donations provide funding for grants awarded by Memorial Medical Center’s Foundation for patient care, education and research at Memorial Health System’s affiliates. Departments, units and affiliates apply for funding through the Foundation. Click here to access the grant applications and guidelines.

Examples of grants funded by unrestricted donations include:

  • The purchase of an endovascular simulator to train residents, physicians and nursing team members in the practice of neurointerventional radiology and interventional cardiology.
  • The implementation of a clinical simulation lab to teach intensive care unit nurses and registered dietitians how to place a bedside small bowel feeding tube.
  • Construction of a private area at Memorial Child Care for nursing mothers to breastfeed during the day.

Restricted MASH Donations

Employees can restrict their MASH donation to a specific fund, department, unit or Memorial affiliate such as Memorial Behavioral Health.

Examples of how restricted MASH funds have been used include:

  • Infant car bed for preemies
  • Television for the ICU's classroom
  • Weather radios for off-campus buildings
  • Licensing exam fees and registration for educational conferences
  • Helping a co-worker experiencing financial strain due to a tragic event.

MASH Donor Wall

The MASH Donor Wall, located outside of Memorial Medical Center's cafeteria, recognizes the generous support of employees who have made a donation to the annual campaign. Next time you visit Memorial Medical Center, be sure to take a look at the impressive list of employees who are making a difference within our organization by giving back.

MASH Committee

The annual MASH campaign is coordinated by a committee of employees from participating MHS affiliates. These employees plan the campaign details and events.