The MGH is laying the groundwork for its next fundraising campaign, which will include asking staff to propose innovative “big ideas” to serve as the effort’s centerpiece.

“We want everyone in our hospital family to think about what this institution might do that could be truly transformational,” says Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. “We want your big ideas – ambitious and grand suggestions that have the potential to have a deep impact on health care and medicine. These ideas will help us define and shape the campaign that lies ahead.” 

While building philanthropic support for all programs, this fundraising effort also provides an opportunity to showcase and propose ideas that have the potential for broad and lasting impact. In recent years, a decline in federal funding for research has heightened the importance of philanthropy for the MGH.

The Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine, the MGH’s most recent campaign, ended in 2013 after raising $1.72 billion, surpassing the original goal of $1.5 billion.

That effort resulted in the creation of several programs, including Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and MGH Program – which has become a national model for successfully helping military veterans and their families heal from the invisible wounds of war. It also produced MGH’s innovative substance use disorder initiative.

In early September, MGH staff will be invited to share their ideas and proposals via a special website.

An announcement with more details will be posted on

This article was originally published in the 08/18/17 Hotline issue.