Campaign Leadership Committee
JSCC Advisory Board
- Jen Cross, VP Donor Relations, Great Outdoors Foundation; John Stoddard Cancer Center Advisory Board Chair
- Brenna Finnerty, Sr. Director of Development, John Stoddard Cancer Center
- Adam Haselhuhn, Annual Giving Director, John Stoddard Cancer Center
- Kasey Johnson Steen, VP General Counsel, Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group; UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Board Member
- Dan Kollmorgen, MD, Surgical Oncologist, The Iowa Clinic
- Frank Marcovis, Boot Barn; John Stoddard Cancer Center Advisory Board Emeritus Member
- Rose Mitchell, SVP of Governmental Affairs, Hy-Vee (retired); UnityPoint Health Des Moines Foundation Board Member
- Andrew Nish, MD, Medical Director, John Stoddard Cancer Center
- David Stark, President & CEO, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
- Sarah Zeidler, FACHE, Executive Director, John Stoddard Cancer Center
- Daniel Zinnel, EdD, CEO, Proteus; John Stoddard Cancer Center Board Member
- Jen Cross, Chair
- Daniel Zinnel, Vice Chair
- Denise Essman, Secretary
- Rob Bakker
- Jennifer Groos, MD
- Kasey Johnson Steen
- Eric Lothe
- Andrew Nish, MD
- Paula Noonan
- Phillip "Phil" Roeder
- Joe Soda
- Sarah Zeidler, MHA, FACHE
Who was John Stoddard?
The Legacy of John D. Stoddard
John Stoddard was an engineer by training and a real estate developer and entrepreneur by profession. Over time, he donated most of his wealth to charity. He often said the reason he worked so hard to make money was to have more to give away.
In 1990, his keen interest in medical care and compassion for others compelled him to support Iowa Methodist Medical Center's new cancer center with a $4 million gift. As the state-of-the-art cancer center was constructed, John, an engineer, kept close watch. From the moment the first steel beams were put in their place, John saw "outstanding architecture" emerge. He gained a sense of satisfaction that came from supporting a facility specifically designed to offer feelings of life, health, and hope. In recognition of his generosity, the center was named the John Stoddard Cancer Center and opened its doors to patients in 1991.
John was a fervent ambassador for the cancer center, spreading his enthusiasm for the new and emerging technology, expert cancer researchers and caregivers, and personalized family-centered care. Shortly before his own cancer diagnosis, John said, "Once you see the cancer center, once you see the remarkable work that's being done, that's what really motivates you to give. There's such an attitude of hope."
Through his gifts to the cancer center, as well as significant provisions made in his estate plan, John, and his wife Lilyan contributed more than $34 million to the UnityPoint Health Des Moines Foundation. John Stoddard's spirit of hope will continue to benefit cancer patients and their families for generations to come.
Why is Stoddard planning a campaign now?
Iowa's population is growing by roughly 15,000 people per year, and much of that growth is right here in Central Iowa. With it, cancer rates are growing, too. In 2021, nearly 20,000 Iowans will be diagnosed with cancer. John Stoddard Cancer Center is uniquely equipped to provide specialized, compassionate care for these patients and their families, but we need the help of our community to ensure we can meet the needs of our growing community now and into the future.
How does a campaign differ from normal day-to-day fundraising?
Typically, fundraising goals are determined on an annual basis and are often focused on funding the most immediate needs. The comprehensive campaign is an opportunity to identify the needs of the cancer center over the next five years and how together we can transform Stoddard to best serve our patients.
What is a comprehensive campaign?
A comprehensive fundraising campaign is an extended and focused fundraising effort that counts all dollars from all private sources during its timeframe. It features several key priorities critical to advancing the programs and services of the cancer center. Click here to view a complete list of ways to give and types of gifts accepted.
What is the timeline of the campaign?
Fundraising efforts will begin in earnest during the summer of 2021. As the campaign progresses, it is anticipated to last over the next three to five years.
What is the funding goal for the campaign?