Hearts of Gratitude

Hearts of Gratitude

By Penny Cowden, Executive Director of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation

“GRATITUDE unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more, it turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

—Melody Beattie

That elegant statement articulates the power of gratitude that is the soul of philanthropy.

At its center, philanthropy consists of many benefactors who seek an outward expression of their own gratitude for the bounty of their lives. As we witness the
compassion that embodies the new cancer center, we can’t help but feel deep gratitude toward those who helped make it happen.

Power of community

donor wall sample

A SNEAK PEEK: Here is an example of Amri Studio’s work. The CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative donor art will be unveiled when the center opens later this year.

The Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation is working with Amri Studio through a yearlong process to create the final display honoring donors. Images fashioned by a unique and exacting sandblasting process cascade through a three-dimensional, engraved glass panel to draw visitors into a story of what can happen when philanthropy goes to work.

The donor art serves as recognition of the power of community that will stand strong for those who come after us. It honors those who chose to write this chapter in our history. It stands as a marker to inspire philanthropy and its growth to help sustain the mission at CMH—not just for today but even more so for tomorrow.

It stands as a rich tribute to our partners who joined together to bring us to this place in time. It promises that the next chapters will be just as inspiring!

Read the Summer 2017 CMH Health Compass.