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A Message from the Executive DirectorJenny-Birnie

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As the Executive Director of the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation, I am honored to present our annual report for 2023. It is with great pleasure and gratitude that I reflect on the incredible journey we have embarked on together over the past year.

Throughout 2023, the Foundation has remained steadfast in its commitment to supporting Gunnison Valley Health in providing exceptional healthcare services and programs to our community. Through strategic fundraising initiatives, grant opportunities and community partnerships, we have been able to enhance access to essential healthcare services, invest in state-of-the-art medical equipment and support innovative programs that promote wellness and preventative care.

One of our proudest achievements this year has been our capital campaign “Seconds Save Lives” for a new EMS Station. At the August gala, we raised over $1.2 million for this campaign—far exceeding our goal initial expectations and setting a new standard for philanthropic excellence in our community. The success of this campaign can be directly attributed to the financial support of over 500 donors and the tireless dedication and leadership of our Development Chair, Jack Blake.

Thanks to your unwavering support and generosity, the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation manages approximately 20 restricted funds and 7 investment accounts. This year, under the exceptional leadership of our Finance Committee Chair, Bill Sullivan, we have taken significant strides to enhance the oversight and stewardship of our assets. One of the most notable achievements has been the comprehensive review and update of our Investment Policy ensuring that we are maximizing returns while maintaining prudent risk management strategies.

Looking ahead, we remain committed to advancing our mission and serving as a catalyst for positive change in the health and wellness of the Gunnison Valley. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of your for your continued support, dedication and commitment to the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation. Your generosity and compassion are truly the driving force behind our success, and we are deeply grateful for the opportunity to partner with you in creating a healthier, more vibrant community for all.

With warmest regards,

Jenny Birnie, M.S.W.

Executive Director

Click Here to View the 2023 Annual Report