Giving Back is Doctor's Orders

Northside Hospital Foundation Grows Stronger with Time

The extraordinary happens every day at Northside Hospital.  Much of that great work is enriched by the efforts of the Northside Hospital Foundation.

The Northside Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to Northside Hospital and the communities it serves.  Last year, more than 4,500 Northside volunteers donated more than 47,000 hours of their time to more than 100 community service projects in the hospital’s service areas.

“Each year, a growing number of individuals, schools and areas businesses support Northside through generous gifts of time, talent and treasure to the hospital’s Foundation,” says Freda Hardage, director of the Northside Hospital Foundation.  “While primarily a fundraising organization, we also have a strong commitment to building stronger and healthier communities through volunteerism and outreach.”

Through the Foundation’s Community Connection Employee Volunteer Program, Northside staff, physicians, Auxilians and their families and friends are connected to local volunteer opportunities – area walks and runs; collection drives for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Children’s Restoration Network and Partnership Against Domestic Violence; other service projects such playing Bingo with local seniors, and more.

The Foundation also works hand-in-hand with students, teachers and administrators in more than 100 local schools to support various projects.  Through these partnerships, Northside fulfills clinic supplies, participates in fundraisers, Career Days, and invests in other student programs that promote health and wellness, science, safety and anti-bullying.

Financially, the Foundation hosts giving campaigns, community events, and other activities throughout the year to raise money to support essential initiatives of Northside Hospital such as leading-edge technology, research, clinical education, community wellness and charity care.

“Money raised helps us to provide mammograms to women who otherwise couldn’t afford them, alleviate financial burdens families face when they have to spend months with a baby in the hospital’s NICU, and fund scholarships to help nurses receive advanced education and training, so that they can better care for their patients,” says Hardage.

Each December, Northside lights giant Christmas trees atop its campuses in Sandy Springs, Alpharetta and Cumming.  Lights on the three trees can be purchased in honor or in memory of individuals who have been affected by cancer.  Since 1989, the annual Celebration of Lights campaign has raised nearly $600,000 for the hospital’s Cancer Institute.

Financial gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible and can be made in honor or memory of family members, friends or physicians.  They also can be designated to program-specific funds or to areas that support the hospital’s most urgent needs and the overall health of the community.  To make a contribution to the Northside Hospital Foundation, please visit