Thursday, February 28, 2013

Children’s Hospitals - Benchmarking

I am the assigned researcher for the children’s hospital at a university. Having past experience at another children’s hospital not tied to a university, I periodically compare the two roles. I have found many similarities in project requests and a few differences in structure. It’s highly probable that you have been asked to look at how other children’s hospitals are planning their next campaign or what events other children’s hospitals have put in place. In essence, we researchers are benchmarking.

While a majority of my time is dedicated to major gifts efforts, I find it just as important to keep myself informed of all the community events that are planned for the year. I invite other researchers that support children’s hospitals to respond and share how you are structured among development officers. In essence, I am benchmarking my role.

Melissa Sridaromont, Secretary, APRA MidSouth


  1. I am the AVP for Operations at the Riley Children's Foundation which raises money for Riley Children's Hospital. I manage one researcher, but I personally do all the benchmarking. I know we are doing at least 4 major benchmarking reports this year. It's getting a little crazy. Seems like everyone is benchmarking right now.

    1. Thanks, Jason. It's helpful to hear feedback about your structure and initiatives.