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Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Health, Specialty Hospitals

Mission: It is the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children to: -Provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and certain other special health care needs within a compassionate, family centered and collaborative care environment-Provide for the education of physicians and other health care professionals-Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.This mission is carried out without cost to the patient or family, and without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect.

Programs: Shriners Hospitals for Children specializes in treating children with orthopaedic conditions, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. This includes treating conditions and injuries like scoliosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, club foot, missing, amputated, or deficient limbs; burns; spinal cord injury, and cleft lip and palate.Shriners Hospitals for Children also specializes in research and education in the pediatric orthopaedic, burn and spinal cord injury fields.

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The mission and achievements of Shriners Hospitals for Children (SHC) are truly unique and extraordinary, but the management is archaic and inefficient. Here are ten facts that the Shriners do not want you to know (check them out for yourself): 1) There are no minorities or women on the SHC national governing board, and there are no plans to add any; 2) Shriners claim monopoly control of "their charity," but their fundraising activities raise on average about 5% of the operating budget each year; each Shriner is required to contribute only about $5 each year to SHC; 3) Shriners tout their low fundraising costs, but they have spent 2.5 to 6 times as much on board and senior management expenses in recent years; 4) A decade ago SHC leaders believed that their endowment was so large that they did not need to do any more fundraising, but in following years board-directed fundraisng was stagnant, with a decline of 4.1% between 2005 and 2007; from 2004-2009 revenue generation was headed by two individuals with no professional fundraising experience, and they were both demoted for poor fundraising results. 5)From 1999 to 2003 only 5% of the $46.2 million raised by the direct mail program Vantage VFS, which was chosen by the board, was received by SHC. 6. Both ALSAC-St. Jude and Mayo Clinic, which raised less than SHC in 2002, had doubled their funds raised by 2007, while SHC had a 9.2% decline. 7. While the largest universities and foundations had endowment increases from 5-16% during the Dot-Com Recession of 2001-02, SHC, with investment managers chosen by the board, lost several billion dollars. 8. Donors who wish to restrict their giving to one Shriners Hospital should know that their gift does not necessarily increase funds received by that hospital; all gifts are directed to SHC headquarters in Tampa, and all funding for individual hospitals is exclusively determined by the naitonal governing board, without regard to what each hospital might receive in designated gifts. 9. In 2009 the national governing board of SHC recommended closing six of 22 hospitals,although this was voted down at the national convention in July; this was proposed even though SHC holds an endowment of over $6 billion. 10. The The SHC governing board has refused to invest in and manage a modern foundraising operation consistent with competitors and industry best practices, and they have shown that they value direct control over productivity.