Kapi’olani Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Director Receives National Award for Fundraising Innovations and an Increase in Annual Donations by 34% in 2012

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Stacey Acma, Director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Kapi’olani, increased fundraising for the statewide program by 34% raising $1,299,404 in 2012, through her creation of advanced fundraising tools and mobilization of corporate and individual supporters. Children’s Miracle Network Hospital at Kapi‘olani is a year-round awareness and fundraising campaign supporting pediatric programs and services at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children, Hawai‘i’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Stacey Acma with John Lauck, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals President and CEO (left) and John Schneider, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Co-Founder (right)

Not only does she have a gift for making people feel good about supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, but she does so by inspiring people with a lot of heart

Stacey Acma, Director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Kapi’olani, was recognized nationally by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with the Most Innovative Practice Award for her creation of advanced fundraising tools and mobilization of corporate and individual supporters. Acma increased fundraising for the statewide program by 34% raising $1,299,404 in 2012, with 100% of all funds staying in Hawaii. Children’s Miracle Network Hospital at Kapi‘olani is a year-round awareness and fundraising campaign supporting pediatric programs and services at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children, Hawai‘i’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The program increase of 34% ranks 26 in the nation against the national peer average of only 9.2% and also ranks number 56 out of 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America for funds raised per capita of $1.09 versus the U.S. national average of $0.69.

Acma assumed the role of director of CMN Hospitals at Kapi‘olani in 2004 and has created sustained increases in not only donations but partnerships and volunteer support during her nearly nine year tenure. She leads dozens of corporate partner campaigns, special events, and more than 800 volunteers annually. Through the cultivation of 14,450 new donors and more than $9 million raised to date, most through donations of $1 at a time, it has been Acma’s mission to ensure every child is given the quality healthcare they deserve close to home regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Celebrity Ambassador and NFL Hall of Famer, Steve Young, commented on Acma receiving the award, “Angels on earth are people working at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I’m grateful for people like Stacey who devote their time and talents to helping our kids.”

“Stacey received our national Most Innovative Practice Award for creating advanced fundraising tools to mobilize corporate and individual fundraisers into action. Her exceptional organization, planning and collaboration skills are evident in the creation and execution of several key campaigns. Not only does she have a gift for making people feel good about supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, but she does so by inspiring people with a lot of heart,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Kapi‘olani’s most unique program is the Radiothon for Kids with KSSK, which saw an increase of more than 27% in 2012, raising $169,802. Purposeful actions that satisfy multiple goals and win-win partnerships are the key to Acma’s success.    “It’s Stacey’s innovative and cooperative nature that makes it a pleasure to work with her. She enjoys collaborating and supports us to do things in a way we know works best for our unique Hawai‘i community. She understands our needs and allows us to spread our wings. It makes Radiothon fun and successful. I look forward to working with her every year,” said Chuck Cotton, Vice President & General Manager of KSSK Clear Channel who has worked with Acma over the last five years seeing impressive gains and listener engagement each year.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals National Director of Radiothon, Anthony Candito who oversees Radiothons across the U.S., shared: “Stacey goes out of her way to make each patient, member of a patient’s family, volunteer, and donor feel special. Her high energy and enthusiasm bring the community together to make our event successful. A perfect example is the relationship that she has with her phone volunteers. Stacey has created an environment where their role goes beyond just answering phones. She inspires and empowers each phone volunteer to share their own Kapi‘olani story with friends, family, and co-workers to explain to them why they are volunteering. Through this simple act, many of them raise a substantial amount of support even before the event begins. Volunteer support is mobilized and maximize at every opportunity. Every event with Stacey I learn something new to share with our 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Because of this, Stacey’s impact is not only felt in Hawai‘i but across the entire United States.”

Acma has been weaving her for-profit corporate experience with nonprofit fundraising in Hawai‘i since 2003. In addition to serving as Director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Kapi‘olani, she acts as the Director of Philanthropy for the Foundations of Hawai‘i Pacific Health, leading the donor-centered Annual Giving programs and internal employee giving campaign for Kapi‘olani Health, Pali Momi, and Straub Foundations supporting their affiliate hospitals. Over the last eight years, Acma has raised more than $17 million in both restricted and unrestricted annual gifts. In 2012, she raised nearly $3 million for the Hawai‘i Pacific Health Annual Giving program.

“These invaluable partnerships make it more than just a job for me,” says Acma. “I can’t imagine doing anything more rewarding. Every day I see children and families who inspire me by living life with grace and gratitude in the midst of medical challenges. I am fortunate to partner with the most generous companies in our community who go above and beyond to help our keiki and their families. Our volunteers and donors are the most dedicated and truly give from the heart which keeps me motivated to reach higher every year to ensure every child has access the finest and most comprehensive care possible. It’s a joy to work with a community of partners, who see first-hand, that miracles come from a community of ohana. It’s a beautiful example of aloha in action and I’m blessed to be part of it.”

Acma received her BA, with an emphasis in Information Management, from California State University, San Bernardino and an MBA from the University of Redlands. Outside the office Stacey spends most her time in the water surfing, swimming, paddling or on the road enjoying travel, running, cycling, and racing in triathlons.

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it is needed most. Donations stay in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. You can learn more at http://www.CMNHospitals.org.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at Kapi’olani
Kapi‘olani Medical Center is Hawai‘i’s Children's Miracle Network Hospital and is a charter member of the national nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals. 100% of every dollar raised stays in Hawai‘i to provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education for our keiki at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children.

Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children
Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children is widely recognized as Hawai‘i’s leader in the care of women, infants and children. With 207 beds and 66 bassinets, the nonprofit hospital is Hawai‘i’s only maternity, newborn, and pediatric specialty hospital and the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in the Pacific Region. It is also a tertiary care, medical teaching and research facility.

Specialty services for patients throughout Hawai’i and the Pacific Region include intensive care for infants and children, 24-hour emergency pediatric care, air transport, maternal fetal medicine, and high-risk perinatal care. More than 1,300 employees and 612 physicians provide specialty care at Kapi‘olani Medical Center. Kapi‘olani offers numerous community programs and services such as the Kapi‘olani Child Protection Center and Sex Abuse Treatment Center. Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children is an affiliate of Hawai’i Pacific Health, the state’s largest health care provider.

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