Are you doing your fair share?

Philanthropy is the lifeblood of nonprofits throughout our community and across the country. Kindness funds help to the homeless and downtrodden; children, who in many cases, would have to do without; medical and health support for so many who are out of other options; and so much more.

Our Spotlight on Philanthropy is designed to show you the inner workings of programs touching our community and, hopefully, encourage you to take a closer look.

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What does the Hoag Hospital Foundation do?

Hoag Hospital Foundation advances the mission of Hoag through meaningful and inspirational philanthropic partnerships. 

What programs does the Foundation’s work support at Hoag?

Hoag Hospital Foundation’s fundraising efforts support every area of Hoag. 

Why should people donate to the Foundation?

Donor support helps Hoag provide exceptional health care to our community and beyond. Philanthropy ensures Hoag remains on the leading edge of medical innovation, maintains the most advanced facilities and technology, and attracts the world’s top clinicians. 

Spotlight Hoag Hospital Andrizzi

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Flynn A. Andrizzi, Ph.D., president, Hoag Hospital Foundation 

What support opportunities are available?

Donors may direct their gift of any amount to a specific institute or fund supporting a Hoag initiative that best matches their area of interest. Donors also have the opportunity to give to the area of greatest need.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Hoag Hospital Foundation established the COVID-19 Support Fund in the Spring of 2020. The fund supports Hoag in caring for community members affected by the virus as well as the caregivers and staff who are working tirelessly to treat them. To date, generous donors and companies have collectively given more than $8.2 million to the fund. Thanks to this support, Hoag has been well-prepared to meet the challenges of the pandemic and has been a national leader in clinical research efforts to advance treatments and a vaccine. 

How do people give?

Gifts can be made online at, or sent to the Hoag Hospital Foundation at 330 Placentia Ave., Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Donors can also connect personally with a Hoag Hospital Foundation staff member by calling 949.764.7217. 

Spotlight Hoag Hospital Christmas Carol

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The annual Christmas Carol Ball draws Hoag supporters, volunteers and friends to the Monarch Beach Resort raising more than $1,000,000 million each year to support Hoag

What are the Foundation’s major fundraisers and when do they take place?

Hoag’s Christmas Carol Ball is a beloved and time-honored tradition, bringing together Hoag donors and friends in festive celebration of the holiday, raising millions of dollars to further Hoag’s mission. Save the date for the 55th Annual Christmas Carol Ball on December 11, 2021. 

Hoag Summer Fest draws approximately 1,500 guests each year to the Newport Dunes for food and beverage tastings from more than 40 of Orange County’s best restaurants with fabulous live entertainment. 

Circle 1000 was founded by Newport Beach resident and breast cancer survivor Sandy Sewell in 1987. She gathered a group of friends and asked them each to contribute $1,000. She also tasked them with asking their own circle of friends to participate. From the powerful bonds of friendship, Circle 1000 has grown to more than 1,000 friends who gather in celebration and support of those affected by cancer at the annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch.

Spotlight Hoag Hospital Nurse

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A nurse in front of Hoag Hospital Newport Beach

What the community needs to know.

Hoag Hospital Foundation recently completed its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign. Hoag Promise, Our Campaign to Lead, Innovate & Transform raised more than $760 million, far exceeding the original goal of $627 million. The Hoag Promise Campaign was comprehensive in the truest sense of the word – every Institute, every center, every program and every area of Hoag was touched. Through the Hoag Promise Campaign, generous donors established 19 endowed chairs, funded thousands of employee scholarships, launched new programs and centers, accelerated clinical research, supported the acquisition of groundbreaking technology and equipment, and led to innovative advances in care. 

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Hoag Hospital Newport Beach

Names of the Foundation leadership group

Flynn Andrizzi, Ph.D. – President

Greg Gissendanner – Senior Vice President, Development

Nicole Balsamo – Vice President, Development 

Danna Grant – Vice President, Donor Relations

Adam Gafke – Vice President, Development Operations & Campaigns

Hoag Hospital Foundation Board

Executive Committee

Kathleen Armstrong – Chair

Rick Taketa – Vice Chair

Jerry Jones – Treasurer

Debbie Margolis – Secretary

Flynn Andrizzi, Ph.D. – President, Hoag Hospital Foundation


Anthony Allen

Victor Assad

Trish Berchtold

Robert T. Braithwaite, President and CEO, Hoag

James O. Buckingham

Benjamin Du

Andy Fimiano

Gary Fudge

Mark A. Hardtke Sr.

Carolyn McKitterick

Steve Muzzy

Aidan A. Raney, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Robert S. Roth

Katherine Shen

Sandi Simon

Diana Sun

Kyle Wescoat

Daniel H. Young


Hoag Hospital Foundation

Coufos Family Center for Philanthropy

330 Placentia Ave., Suite 100

Newport Beach, CA 92663


949.764.7201 (F)

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