Teri M. Wilczek Chief Development Officer
It seems like just yesterday that I joined Marshfield Clinic, yet in June I will celebrate ten years with the Development Department. Recently I wondered, when other people hear “philanthropy,” what do they think? And do they realize the impact philanthropy has at Marshfield Clinic?
Philanthropy is something we learn at a young age. I have three children and recently, my five-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son were talking about my job. It was a cute conversation and I just had to ask them, “What do you think Mom does at her job?” Their answers amazed me. They said, “Well mom, you help raise money for sick kids. And you do events and other projects to help people who have cancer or are sick.” I was pretty impressed.
When I talk to people about my job, I tell them how I get to connect with people who want to make a difference. I work with patients who want to show appreciation for their care, I engage with businesses who want to support the Clinic’s mission, and I help individuals who are dedicated to providing hope for future generations.
I am amazed and humbled by your support. Your generosity has helped to shape my philosophy on philanthropy. Clinic friends have impacted philanthropy in recent years at Marshfield Clinic by:
Supporting the Celine Seubert Endowment for Cardiology Research and helping it reach the $1 million level.Supporting new initiatives like the Child Advocacy Center, the Pediatric Angel Fund and juvenile diabetes awareness efforts. Being “Called to Action” to organize volunteer fundraisers to support our mission. Clinic supporters are golfing, running, biking, walking, dressing in pink, baking and being creative. Helping support the future of medicine by supporting the Laird Center for Medical Research.Engaging in special events like the Auction of Champions, which has raised more than $2 million for the work of the National Farm Medicine Center since its inception 30 years ago. Helping neighbors by contributing to local cancer care funds, which help patients in Rice Lake, Minocqua, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, Rhinelander, Wausau/Weston and Marshfield. Encouraging their sports teammates to host a pink night to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.Paving the way for the next generation by contributing to endowments and establishing gifts in their estates for long-term support of research, education and patient care initiatives.
The impact of philanthropy at Marshfield Clinic is amazing. We are truly grateful for the generous support of our donors, employees, volunteers and friends. As you think about your philosophy of philanthropy, contact us if we can help you discover how you can make a difference.
Teri M. Wilczek
Chief Development Officer