About the Foundation at UnityPoint Health - Meriter
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About UnityPoint Health – Meriter Foundation

It begins with our vision

A healthy community for everyone

Today, and every day, we live our mission

Improve the health of the people and communities we serve through inspired giving.

Our vision and mission inspire us to meet the needs in our region that are often overlooked. We partner with donors to support access to high-quality healthcare for patients and neighbors who need us, and to provide a standard of excellence in healthcare quality, safety and service that would not be possible without you. Together, we care for our caregivers, patients and our community.

All funds raised through Meriter Foundation support the various innovative and community-based programs at UnityPoint Health – Meriter, Dane County's community health system. Meriter Foundation does not make direct grants to external organizations. 


Who We Are

A not-for-profit, tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, UnityPoint Health – Meriter Foundation is the charitable arm of UnityPoint Health – Meriter, an integrated health system providing a full range of coordinated care to patients and families in Madison, Dane County and the surrounding communities across south-central Wisconsin. 

In addition to raising money to support patient care, clinical excellence, medical research and education programs, the Foundation has an internal grant-making function. Meriter Foundation utilizes investment proceeds to benefit our patients, families, our providers and staff at Meriter entities. The Foundation holds funds classified according to the wishes of the donor. These include funds that are permanently restricted (endowments), temporarily restricted (to be used for a particular purpose or time frame) and unrestricted (to be used where there is the greatest need).

Fundraising operations include major gifts, annual giving, special events, grants, and planned giving programs. The Foundation considers its stewardship obligations to be the driving force for all operations. Good stewardship assures donors that their gifts are appreciated, being used as the donor intended, and are making a difference.

The Meriter Foundation Board of Directors is directly involved in the stewardship and fundraising roles and obligations of the Foundation. 


Our History 

More than a century ago, Meriter and its predecessor hospitals (Methodist Hospital and Madison General Hospital) were founded by a group of caring, committed philanthropists, dedicated to providing comprehensive and affordable health care to a growing community. Today, the passionate team at Meriter Foundation proudly carries on this important work.