Montreal General Hospital Foundation

Montreal General Hospital Foundation draws on Blackbaud solutions to fund ventilator ideas generated from challenge.


As healthcare systems around the world realized there would not be enough essential medical supplies and equipment to handle COVID-19 needs, Montreal General Hospital Foundation launched the Code Life Ventilator Challenge to gather ideas from scientific and engineering communities. To create real impact, the foundation also needed to galvanize supporters to fund this critical work.

The Montreal General Hospital Foundation’s mission is to provide vital support for vital care, which has taken on entirely new meaning and importance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation raises money, manages significant funds, and invests responsibly in healthcare research, training, and technology at the Montreal General Hospital (MGH), the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), and within the McGill academic health network.

At the onset of the pandemic, it became clear to the Montreal General Hospital Foundation that the healthcare systems around the world would be strained beyond their limits by COVID-19 and that there would not be enough ventilators to support all those infected by the disease. The foundation quickly mobilized to launch the Code Life Ventilator Challenge in collaboration with the Research Institute of the MUHC, a two-week sprint among engineering and scientific communities to gather the best ideas from around the world to design low-cost and easy to produce emergency ventilators.

But Montreal General Hospital Foundation not only had to rally participants; it had to galvanize supporters to fund the critical work. The foundation relied on Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT® to power the fundraising component that has made the challenge possible.

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