Programs to Support

Going above and beyond together

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Foundation and ways you can make a difference in the lives of our patients and community.

Our dedicated Foundation staff takes great pride in carefully pairing passionate donors with immediate and emerging needs throughout the hospital. Integral to our fundraising objectives are the lifelong relationships we continue to foster with our supporters. When you contribute, you are not just a donor, but a part of our Stamford Health family, with a shared commitment to improving health and wellness.

Annual FundAnnual Giving

Every donation is part of our Annual Fund and supports capital equipment, technology, programs and services, and operating expenses at Stamford Hospital. It includes unrestricted and restricted gifts, major gifts, tribute gifts, and participation in special events.

These gifts provide the most flexibility for the hospital, allowing us to respond to all types of patient needs, ensuring that our patients continue to get the best care, by the best caregivers, with the best technology and equipment.

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Grateful GivingGrateful Giving

As a patient of Stamford Hospital, you may have encountered a doctor, nurse, or staff member who brought you comfort in a time of uncertainty and need. Through our Grateful Giving Program, we provide patients and family members with a way to say "thank you" to a caregiver who made an extraordinary difference in their lives.

When a gift is made, the person whom you are honoring will be sent an acknowledgment of your appreciation. Your gift provides essential resources so we can offer the specialized care, expertise, and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

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Bennett Cancer CenterBennett Cancer Center Campaign

The Bennett Cancer Center is committed to providing the highest level of compassionate care to cancer patients in the communities we serve. As we strive to deliver care that treats the mind, body and spirit of our patients, we must acknowledge the need to upgrade our existing space, not only the appearance and comfort of the Center, but the overarching patient experience as well.

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David's Treasure ChestDavid's Treasure Chest

David’s Treasure Chest toy closet is in the new pediatric unit at Stamford Hospital offers new, age-appropriate gifts. Any child admitted to the hospital receives a free gift. The ‘treasures’ from the toy closet are made possible through gifts of toys and monetary donations from local organizations, businesses, and the community. Donations, new toys, and gifts are welcome throughout the year.

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David Bennett Kanarek's Story

“David’s Treasure Chest,” honors David Bennett Kanarek of Greenwich, who lost his battle with leukemia in 2000, at the age of 15.

The doors to the toy closet first opened in November 2003 when it was dedicated by David’s parents, Robin and Joseph Kanarek, and his sister Sarah. Robin Bennett Kanarek worked as a diabetes nurse educator at Stamford Hospital prior to moving to London after her son’s death. She is the daughter of Carl and Dorothy Bennett of Greenwich, leading Stamford Hospital benefactors, with both the Bennett Cancer Center and Stamford Hospital’s main campus, the Bennett Medical Center, named in their honor.

“David would be especially proud of this remembrance because of the smiles it brings to children’s faces,” says Mrs. Kanarek. “Our hope is that when children select a toy from the Treasure Chest, they will enjoy a momentary escape from the hospital experience. We know firsthand what that meant to David, and want other children and their families to be able to experience it too.”