2019-2020 Annual Report
An Exceptional Year
Our fiscal year ended in the midst of a pandemic; yet with each unanswered question has come the chance to expand our knowledge. While some may see obstacles on the road ahead, the past few months have shown us that here at the Montreal General Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), our medical teams see new opportunities and new avenues to explore.
From the onset of the crisis, our teams have shown themselves to be both resilient and creative, finding concrete solutions on multiple fronts to problems thrown at them by a life‑threatening virus. This pursuit of knowledge and excellence is at the heart of the hospital’s very identity, and we could not be prouder.
These are values that we share with our community, our partners and our generous donors. Once again, so many of you believed in our priority initiatives and offered your support. Like us, you adapted your philanthropy to meet the MGH’s most urgent needs, whether by funding research, paying for equipment or simply providing a comforting meal for our teams on the front lines.
But let us set aside COVID‑19 for a moment to celebrate the banner year that preceded it. Before this upheaval, we were already experiencing unprecedented times. From April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020, we raised $28.3 million in donations for a total income of $34.4 million including investment income, setting a new record for the MGH Foundation.
Now, as we enter the second half of our CODE LiFE Campaign, we are confident that we will reach our $100 million target to support our MGH‑MUHC medical teams as they strive for excellence in patient care, research and medical training.
In November 2019, we were thrilled to announce that since the launch of our Campaign we had raised a total of $17 million to fight lung, esophageal and stomach cancers. This considerable amount will allow Dr. Lorenzo Ferri and his team at the centre of excellence in Thoracic Surgery, to pursue innovative research projects and provide their patients with increasingly personalized care.
Though we cannot predict exactly what the coming months will bring, two things are certain: our medical teams will still be there watching over our community, and our foundation will do the same, thanks to the support of our generous and loyal donors.
Thank you for your continued trust and for allowing us to spend another wonderful year carrying out our mission to provide vital support for vital care!