UAMS Named High Performer for Third Consecutive Year by Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

By Benjamin Waldrum

UAMS is one of only 54 such high-performing organizations in the U.S. recognized by AHP. High performers represent the organizations in the top 25 percentile for net production returns, and collectively they raised $12.4 million in the U.S. last year.

“We are honored to recognize UAMS and its deep commitment to philanthropy,” said Alice Ayres, AHP president and CEO. “Their results are exemplary, and they continue to strengthen the relationship they have with the community and safeguard the future health of people across the country.”

UAMS is one of only 11 institutions that has received the high performer designation three years in a row.

“We are honored for this recognition,” said Brigitte Grant, UAMS interim vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement. “Our thoughtful and generous donors are the true heroes. We’re grateful to have many friends and benefactors join our mission for better health and health care.”

Fundraising at UAMS for the 2018 fiscal year totaled more than $26 million, with contributions from donors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 15 other countries.

AHP is a not-for-profit international professional organization dedicated exclusively to development professionals who encourage charity in North America’s health care organizations. Its mission is to inspire, educate and serve those transforming health care through philanthropy.

Established in 1967, AHP is the source for education, networking, information and research in health care philanthropy. AHP’s 4,500 members represent more than 2,200 health care facilities around the world. They embody all aspects of health care fundraising, from executive directors and chief development officers, to major gift officers, annual campaign managers, event coordinators and grant writers.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.