About Development

The success of Henry Ford Health System, founded as Henry Ford Hospital in 1915, would not have been possible without the generous support of Henry and Clara Ford and their family. The Ford family contributed the funds that were used to build and equip the buildings and staff the hospital. In the last 100 years, these and other gifts have helped to establish Henry Ford Health System as a national leader in health care.

The Henry Ford Development Office: our mission

The Henry Ford Development Office, formerly known as the Henry Ford Office of Philanthropy, carries on in this tradition, while setting our sights even higher. We are committed to joyfully inspire giving and engagement that will transform health care in our communities.

At Henry Ford:

  • We’re developing innovative medical solutions.
  • We’re developing world-class treatments.
  • We’re developing groundbreaking research.
  • And above all, we're transforming health care in the communities we serve.

But we can’t do this alone. Development requires a partnership.

True change, the type of development that has a transformative effect on a community, cannot happen alone.

We accomplish this when we engage volunteers, stakeholders, medical and administrative staff as potential and retained partners - seeking their counsel during the identification, education, cultivation and solicitation of additional development prospects. Our objective is to build long-lasting relationships that honor donor interests and commitments. We engender loyalty through the thoughtful recognition and stewardship of gifts of both time and treasure.

Developing healthier communities

By increasing individual, corporate and foundation charitable donations that support the health system’s development initiatives, the Henry Ford Development Office supports our founder’s vision to provide patients the quality care and comfort we want and expect for our families and ourselves.

Learn more about our current development priorities

We have several current development priorities. Collectively, these initiatives will help to establish a legacy that will touch the lives of thousands, if not millions, of people around the world.

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