Partners of WHA Donates $2.13 million & 1.39 million Volunteer Hours in 2016

March 24, 2017

Partners of WHA, Inc., the non-profit, volunteer service organization affiliated with WHA, raised and donated over $2.13 million to hospitals throughout the state for needed equipment and other capital projects in 2016. This was accomplished through more than 530 separate fundraising activities conducted by local Partners groups in 2016.

In addition, Partners members volunteered 1.39 million hours of service to Wisconsin hospitals in 2016, as reported by Mary Licht, current president of Partners of WHA. The financial value of a volunteer’s time has been estimated nationally at $23.56 per hour, based on an April 2016 report from Independent Sector in Washington, D.C. At that rate, the Partners volunteers donated a total value of $32.7 million in time and services to Wisconsin hospitals and health systems during 2016. 

Partners of WHA awarded over $450,000 through 450 scholarships to both traditional and non-traditional students seeking health care-related degrees in 2016. Over 400 community health education projects were also planned and implemented by local Partners of WHA groups in 2016.

Partners of WHA is comprised of nearly 10,000 volunteers and auxilians at 66 Wisconsin hospitals. Founded in 1951 as Wisconsin Hospital Association Auxiliaries, Partners emphasizes volunteer service and participation in grassroots advocacy, public policy and community health education, and health career programs for Wisconsin hospitals. Additionally, Partners promotes leadership development by offering resources and educational seminars to local hospital volunteer and auxiliary groups, and shares information on successful community health education initiatives, advocacy and fundraising activities and trends on volunteerism through a variety of channels, including its annual fall convention and quarterly newsletter, Reaching Out.

If you are interested in your hospital’s volunteer and/or auxilian group becoming part of the statewide Partners of WHA organization, visit or contact Jennifer Frank, WHA’s liaison to Partners, at 608-274-1820 or

This story originally appeared in the March 24, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter