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The Annual Giving Program is responsible for most of the annual campaigns conducted by the Department of Philanthropy. These campaigns are geared toward raising renewable operational and patient care support. The Annual Giving department conducts multiple campaigns throughout the year. These include direct mail, The Dr. Alton Ochsner Society appeal and the Employee Giving Campaign. Each year, we appeal to the community for support – and each year, we are grateful for the response we receive.

Give NOLA Day

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GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour event hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to inspire people to give generously to nonprofits making our region stronger, creating a thriving community for all. At Ochsner, funds raised from GiveNOLA Day go to the Excellence Fund. The Excellence Fund at Ochsner is an unrestricted fund that is supported entirely by the generosity of our donors. Annually, applications are submitted and a committee selects projects to receive support from the fund. These projects create opportunities for improvements and innovations in patient care that are changing and saving lives every day. Since 2013, nearly 283 projects have been made possible by donors like you! To learn more about the Excellence Fund and the projects that have been made possible, please visit

The Alton Ochsner Society

The Alton Ochsner Society, established in 1982, is a distinguished group of men and women who have joined together to help ensure Ochsner’s position as a global medical and academic leader. The annual unrestricted gifts of Ochsner Society members guarantee that lifesaving treatments, excellent medical education and innovative research will always be available at Ochsner.

Should you have any questions about joining the Society or how your gifts make a difference at Ochsner, please contact Louisa Wittmann Post at or 504-842-1814. To join now, click here.

Alton Ochsner Society Membership Levels

  • Supporter - $500-$999 - Members at the Supporter level receive a personalized Ochsner Society membership card, monthly philanthropy e-newsletter, annual subscription to Ochsner magazine.
  • Partner - $1,000-$4,999 - Members at the Partner level receive public recognition as an Alton Ochsner Annual Giving Society member plus all benefits included at the Supporter level.
  • Leader - $5,000-$9,999 - Members at the Leader level receive Invitations to exclusive research, education and dedication events plus all benefits included at the Supporter and Partner levels.
  • Stakeholder - $10,000 - $24,999 - Members at the Stakeholder level receive an Invitation to the Alton Ochsner Annual Giving Society member appreciation event, private campus tours plus all benefits included at the Supporter, Partner and Leader levels.


Annual Giving campaigns raise funds for Research. Physicians and scientists at Ochsner are involved in a variety of cutting-edge research projects aimed at prevention and early diagnosis as well as the comprehensive treatment of disease. With over 400 active clinical trials, Ochsner is the largest clinical research system in the Gulf South. To further enhance the quality of clinical care and to integrate it with research and discovery, Ochsner has created Centers of Excellence in Cardiology, Oncology, Neurosciences, Transplantation, Maternal and Fetal Health and Health Services Research. It is envisioned that these Centers of Excellence will become a beacon of discovery and innovation and continue to enhance their national and international reputation.

Service Line Appeals

The Annual Giving Program conducts multiple mail appeals a year Support from our donors makes our mission to serve, heal, lead, educate, and innovate possible. We are focused on providing safe, high-quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare while meeting the demands of the changing healthcare landscape. Contact us to learn more about the Annual Giving Program.