Frequently Asked Questions
What we do:
For more than 40 years, PRHC Foundation has empowered outstanding patient care at PRHC. We work with the community to raise funds for state-of-the-art equipment and technology that Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s healthcare professionals must have in order to deliver the very best patient care. Read more about PRHC Foundation.
PRHC Foundation receives 85% of its gifts from individuals and raises money in a number of ways – through special events, mail appeals, the monthly donor program, bequests, in memoriam and in celebration donations, and major gifts to particular hospital priorities to name a few.
Donor investment has helped to determine the standard of care received by hundreds of thousands of patients, raising the bar from adequate to excellent healthcare. Donors help fund the technology, equipment and capital infrastructure that form the foundation of patient care, and bring new lifesaving services to our region. And by securing the best equipment, philanthropy also helps PRHC attract and retain expert physicians, nurses and staff by offering them the tools they need to deliver the best patient care every day.
Over the past five years alone, the Foundation has raised $30 million to support the costs of medical equipment, capital projects, patient programs, and staff education at PRHC.
The Ontario Government funds hospitals for up to 85% of their operating costs. Hospitals must generate the remaining 15% of their operating costs themselves through parking fees, cafeteria proceeds and other revenue, in addition to private room fees.
While the majority of our province’s hospitals’ operating dollars flow from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, funding for equipment and technology remains the responsibility of the community. Your hospital relies on the generosity of donors to ensure PRHC’s doctors, nurses and staff have the life-changing and lifesaving tools they need. This means that on an ongoing basis, PRHC – through the support of PRHC Foundation – must rely on the generosity of donors to ensure that its equipment is the best it can be, and that they can purchase new technology to constantly improve the quality of care that patients receive.
For great examples of what we wouldn’t have without donor generosity, please visit Investments Funded by Donors.
Maintaining up-to-date equipment is key to keeping our regional hospital ecosystem healthy. Moreover, increasing the range of leading-edge equipment is vital to expanding the number of treatment options that a hospital can offer to patients, and to attracting and retaining top-notch physicians, nurses and staff to the hospital team.
PRHC’s technological infrastructure is now over 12 years old, which is beyond the optimal lifespan to support advanced care, and to attract the best and brightest to work at PRHC. Upgrading our equipment ensures that PRHC will have the technology and world-class expertise to offer patients many more treatment options, close to home. (Please see the next question and answer for more information about this.)
Hospital equipment ages at a relatively fast rate, partly due to wear and tear from frequent usage, and partly because equipment becomes outdated – or even obsolete – as more advanced technologies become available. New technologies are safer to use and offer more advanced ways of diagnosing and treating various conditions. (Think of how much more the latest smart phone or home computer can do, compared to the one you were using twenty, ten, or even five years ago.) As such, consistently updating equipment and technology is essential to providing patients with world-class care, close to home.
There is also an issue when it comes to integrating new and old technologies. Medical technologies are designed to work together. Older technologies become obsolete when they are no longer compatible with new technologies. (Think of trying to sync your smart phone with a desktop computer from 15 years ago – it just won’t work!)
Finally, attracting top-notch healthcare professionals – specialists, and leaders in their respective fields – is critical to PRHC’s ability to offer patients more lifesaving interventions close to home. Expert physicians, nurses and staff want to practice their craft to the best of their ability, in order to provide maximum benefit to their patients. This depends upon providing them with access to up-to-date, leading-edge medical equipment and technologies that they were trained to use. In this way, donor investments in capital equipment are absolutely critical to enabling PRHC to recruit new, top-level healthcare professionals and to providing patients with the best care possible.
PRHC is a regional hospital delivering acute healthcare to a rapidly growing population of more than 150,000 in Peterborough City and County, and more than 300,000 people across Peterborough, Haliburton, Northumberland, and Kawartha Lakes Counties through its Regional Referral Programs which include Mental Health Care and Minimally Invasive Interventions. Through PRHC’s Regional Centres of Excellence, which include Cardiac Care, Cancer Care and Vascular Care, the hospital serves more than 600,000 people, including patients from as far away as Lindsay, the City of Kawartha Lakes, Campbellford, Cobourg, Port Hope, Oshawa and the Durham Region, all the way north to the Haliburton Highlands, and all points in between. For information about PRHC, please visit www.prhc.on.ca.
Fundraising priorities are an expression of PRHC’s vision for the future. They are based on the hospital’s strategic plan, the growth of clinical programs, and master planning for the next 20 years.
Every year, hospital leadership across all clinical areas of PRHC identifies, ranks and categorizes the hospital’s most urgent or highest priority needs. These needs are approved by the hospital’s Board of Directors and provided to the Foundation.
All funds that PRHC Foundation raises are used for capital infrastructure or equipment, and staff education and training. No money is ever directed towards hospital operations. Funds are only directed to the hospital after we have received documentation that the equipment has been purchased.
PRHC Foundation and its Board of Directors are dedicated to ensuring effective and efficient operations. We are proud to operate within the CRA accepted guidelines for philanthropic cost effectiveness and we strive to maximize the use of every donated dollar. On a rolling five-year basis, the Foundation’s cost per dollar raised is $0.23. This includes the cost of raising funds and the cost of reporting on the funds raised. This means that for every dollar of cost, the Foundation raises three additional dollars!
The $30 million that PRHC Foundation has raised over the past five years has funded many lifesaving and life-changing investments in equipment and technology. Please visit Investments Funded by Donors to learn more about what your donations have funded.
How to donate, receive a tax receipt or update your information:
Thank you for choosing to support your hospital through the PRHC Foundation! Your gift will help ensure PRHC’s expert healthcare providers have the lifesaving and life-changing tools to provide you, your loved ones and neighbours with the care you need, when you need it most. You can make a one-time or monthly gift quickly and easily…
Online: Click here to make your gift.
By phone: Please call 705-876-5000 Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. and we’ll be happy to help you.
By mail or in-person: Please send a cheque to PRHC Foundation, One Hospital Drive, Peterborough ON, K9J 7C6 or visit us.
Or for more information about other ways to donate, including tribute, celebration and legacy giving or through third-party fundraising, please visit Ways to Give.
Donations to PRHC Foundation are receipted as per CRA guidelines. One-time gifts made online are receipted right away to the email address you provided. One-time gifts sent by mail or made in-person are receipted by mail shortly after the Foundation receives your donation. Monthly gifts are receipted for the total annual amount in February of the next calendar year in one consolidated receipt.
If your donation was made online, please check your email “spam”, “junk” or “other” folders. If you’ve already checked these folders and your receipt isn’t there, or if a tax receipt received in the mail has been misplaced, please send us an email and we will resend the receipt.
Yes, please call us at 705-876-5000 Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. You can also mail a cheque to PRHC Foundation, One Hospital Drive, Peterborough ON, K9J 7C6 or visit us.
Thank you for considering a gift of stock to the PRHC Foundation. Please visit Give a Gift of Securities for more information on how to make a gift of stock and to download the Transfer of Securities form. If you’d like to discuss your gift or need more information, please call us at 705-876-5000 or send us an email.
Unrestricted donations allow PRHC Foundation to allocate funds to the hospital’s area of greatest need at any given time, ensuring your hospital’s most urgent requirements are met. If you would prefer to direct your gift to a specific priority, we are happy to designate gifts to specific areas of care.
Thank you for taking the time to update your information with us. Please send us an email with the complete updated information or call us at 705-876-5000 Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. and we’ll be happy to help you.