Transforming Health Together
We are driven to find bold solutions, inspire new ideas, and ignite new discoveries by bringing the right people together and giving them the resources they need to achieve the impossible.
Like finding a treatment for Hepatitis B that impacted one-third of the world’s population; or creating a way to keep lungs alive outside the human body.
The impact of donor generosity cannot be understated:
We’re passionate promoters of the power of your generosity
The University Hospital Foundation was created in 1962 by an act in the Alberta legislature. In the decades since, we have evolved into one of the most successful hospital fundraising organizations in Canada. We raise funds to advance patient care and innovation at the University of Alberta Hospital, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic.
We are passionate promoters of the power of generosity – your generosity – to change and save lives in our community. We inspire people to help advance our hospitals as world leaders in specialized and complex care. Thanks to your donations, the University Hospital Foundation has raised $217 million in the past 10 years and that tally is growing every day. Your contributions are literally bringing innovation to life – supporting emerging ideas and technologies that are advancing excellence in patient care, education and research on a daily basis.
MEET THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE TEAM
Dr. Jodi L. Abbott, ICD.D.President and CEO
Dr. Jodi L. Abbott is a leader, a doer, and a woman of vision who believes that by bringing the right people from industry, government, healthcare and academia together – along with our invaluable donors – we can ignite the kind of change that transforms health in Alberta and around the world. Dr. Abbott strives to accelerate the impact of her actions for the benefit of community.
As President and CEO of the University Hospital Foundation, and former Senior Vice President, Quality Performance Improvement with Alberta Health Services, Dr. Abbott understands as well as anyone the ever-changing dynamics of Alberta’s healthcare system. Philanthropy can play a strategic and life changing role in accelerating advancements in disease prevention and patient care through research and innovation, the introduction of leading edge equipment and technology, and initiating new models of care.
Her previous accomplishments include ten years as President and CEO of NorQuest College, during which time the school’s enrolment more than doubled and the stunning new Singhmar Centre for Learning opened (2017); Chairing the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board and Edmonton’s Health City initiative; and, for fun, serving as an international figure skating judge at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics Games. Dr. Abbott has been recognized for her leadership in sport, academia, healthcare and community being named as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2015 and 2018.
Amanda RadakovitchChief Culture & Experience Officer
Amanda Radakovitch, EVP People & Brand Experience, comes to the University Hospital Foundation with strategic leadership skills, a personal connection to the University of Alberta Hospital site and a fundamental belief that people make an organization. She will help propel the University Hospital Foundation forward as we continue to seek bold solutions to some of the most pressing health challenges our society faces today.
Amanda has spent her career in externally facing roles, including external affairs, communications and marketing, brand, and fundraising. She has helped organizations build their brand through effective communications and employee engagement strategies. Most recently, Amanda was the Vice President, External Affairs and Brand for NorQuest College with responsibility over the organization’s Brand, Communications & Marketing and Advancement Portfolios. Before joining NorQuest, Amanda was responsible for Corporate Communications and Brand for a multinational construction company, PCL Construction.
The University Hospital Foundation Board is passionate about changing and saving lives through philanthropy. Through governance oversight of the Board and the philanthropy of our community, the University Hospital Foundation ignites brilliant minds who research and deliver patient care in a unique environment: the academic health centre.
Philanthropic and Operational Excellence
Imagine Canada Accreditation
Through accreditation, we join a growing community of more than 200 organizations dedicated to operational excellence. Imagine Canada exists to work alongside other charitable sector organizations to ensure that charities continue to play a pivotal role in building, enriching and defining our nation.
AHP High Performer Status
As one of six organizations in Canada to receive such recognition in 2020, this designation is a testament to our commitment to our mission – to advance excellence – in everything we do, including our daily operations and financial integrity.
Top 70 Employer
The University Hospital Foundation was recognized as one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers for 2021. This special designation recognizes the Alberta employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.