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Causes: General Hospitals, Health

Mission: Jackson memorial foundation operates exclusively to support jackson health system a code sec 170(b)(1)(a)(iii)organization and the only public hospital in miami-dade county, florida. The mission of jmf is to conduct traditional philanthropic activities and independently create and implement other visionary initiatives that financially assist jackson health system in advancing its status as a world-class medical center.

Programs: The foundation operates exclusively for the purpose of acquiring funds and other appropriate assets from the private and public sector to improve the delivery of healthcare at jackson health system; support teaching and training programs in healthcare; support medical and surgical treatments at the hospital; support instruction and training of personnel; support the hospital's capital improvement projects within the medical campus.

international kids fund (ikf) is a philanthropic program that helps critically ill children primarily from latin america and the caribbean gain immediate access to essential medical treatments that are unavailable in their respective countries. Ikf successfully raises funds and administers proactive assistance for foreign children with urgent health care needs to receive expert attention at the holtz children's hospital in the jackson health system.

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Rating: 1

What percent of each contribution to the Jackson Memorial Foundation (Miami) is held back for marketing & administrative expenses? When I raised over $50,000 for JMF some years ago, 30% was held back and not passed along to the charitable recipient, in that case, the Miami Transplant Institute to endow a Chair in the name of world-renown transplant surgeon Andreas Tzakis (now with Cleveland Clinic in Weston). Hopefully, through better management,they have reduced the 30%, which was outrageous, to something substantially less and more in line with well accepted charity guidelines.

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Rating: 1

After a scathing report by the Miami-Dade County Inspector General, focusing on poor management and the misuse of funds (e.g. first class international flights, personal purchases using staff accumulated frequent flyer miles and unacceptably high administrative expenses, in 2011 the President/CEO left the Foundation. However, the current interim President, who was an executive member of the former CEO's team,, has said nothing about severance payments or other income awarded to the last CEO, money that would come right out of donations, nor has she or the governing board made statements about reducing administrative and marketing costs, which in the past have eaten up some 30% of every dollar contributed. You would do better contributing directly to one of the services provided by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, such as the Miami Transplant Institute.

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Rating: 5

In 1991, Miami-Dade was in a trauma crisis, with hospitals unwilling to meet the needs of the seriously injured or dying. In response to this crisis, a group of community leaders led by Jay Weiss created the Jackson Memorial Foundation -- a leadership that raised more than $20 million to create the Ryder Trauma Center.
The Jackson Memorial Foundation has raised millions upon millions to help Jackson care for those in need.
Jackson’s Holtz Children's Hospital was created through the generosity of donors, especially Abel and Fana Holtz, who not only advocate for the Hospital, but are hands on supporters. Holtz Children’s Hospital contains the world renown intensive care unit for children -- the Carnival Cares for Kids Center -- supported through millions from Carnival Corp. and the Miami Heat. One floor above is the Taylor Learning Center, made possible by Jason Taylor's Foundation.
For a decade, the Guardian Angels, a group I helped co found, has raised millions to upgrade the Children's Hospital and purchase lifesaving equipment, such as a Fetal Imaging System, that allows surgery for babies in the womb. Through the efforts of the Women's Cancer League and Elizabeth and Mitchell Taylor, Jackson has the Taylor Breast Center, serving thousands of uninsured women annually.
The Batchelor Urology Center and its million-dollar lithotripter were made principally possible through the generosity of George Batchelor's Foundation. Nursing scholarships have helped Miami Dade College train some of the most dedicated nurses you could find anywhere. Jackson's mental health hospital benefits from the Frances Fields Gordon Endowment.
Through Jackson's international program, started with a gift from Amedex/BUPA, Jackson was been able to attract thousands of paying patients and add millions to Jackson's bottom line.
The Foundation’s International Kids Fund (IKF’s Wonderfund) has saved the lives of hundreds of children from throughout the world whose intense diseases cannot be treated in their home country. Jackson provides the facilities, UM's Miller School of Medicine provides the physicians and IKF’s Wonderfund finds the money.
Its Golden Angels, generous citizens who give a minimum of $50,000 for Jackson's priorities now number in the hundreds.
These are just some of the ways in which the Jackson Foundation has made an impact on Jackson Memorial Hospital and the population it serves. Jackson cares for the sickest and the neediest in Miami Dade County, the Jackson Memorial Foundation stands independently and proudly at Jackson's side.

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