PARTNERS IN PHILANTHROPY
RESULTS THROUGH COLLABORATION
In her 10 years as Executive Director of the McLeod Foundation in Florence, South Carolina, Jill Bramblett has compiled quite a list of accomplishments, not the least of which is the successful implementation of One Vision, One Future...The Campaign for McLeod Health. With GSI`s help, McLeod`s campaign helped support expansions for the Cancer Center and Hospice House in Florence, and the Emergency Center in Dillon. It should come as no surprise that McLeod enjoyed this historical campaign success given Jill`s background and capacity for groundbreaking achievement. She launched her tenure at McLeod Health in 1991 and exponentially climbed the executive ladder before assuming her current position. She`s been a Merit Award Recipient at McLeod, and chaired that committee for six years. Additionally, Jill extended her talents beyond the Health System as a sought-after volunteer, with Board service in Florence for the Rotary Club, the YMCA, the Public School system, and the Girl Scouts, from which she received the prestigious Woman of Achievement Award. Among her many professional extracurricular roles, she serves as a South Carolina Cabinet Member for the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, and on the Board of South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations (SCANPO). Her lilting southern elocution results from Wilmington, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina roots. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Jill settled in Florence 20 years ago, is married, has three children, Jared, Justin and Rachael, and three rescue dogs that provide a loving exclamation point to Jill`s very bountiful life.
Martin Richman is the Vice President of Philanthropy and Executive Director of the Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation (MRHF) in Milford, MA, the latest position in an enormously rich and productive career. Since Martin`s arrival at Milford a few years ago, the development program has expanded exponentially, including most recently, a major capital campaign that Martin is spearheading in partnership with GSI as counsel. Martin recalls that it was professional culture shock when he transitioned to healthcare from the arts. Prior to MRHF, he spent nearly seven years as director of development and marketing for the Worcester Art Museum, completing a $35.5 million campaign. Before that, he led a comprehensive $10.5 million campaign at Bancroft School in Worcester, MA. Despite a full plate at MRHF, Martin also carves time out to serve on the Board of the New England Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, and as public speaking professor for Clark University, from which he graduated and where his wife, Joanne, currently serves as associate dean.
Ms. Armater is Vassar Brothers Hospital Foundation`s (Poughkeepsie, NY) founding Executive Director, having assumed the position in 1986. Over the years her role has expanded and now she serves as the Vice President for Development for Health Quest, Vassar`s parent organization. She has accumulated some remarkable accomplishments in the Hudson Valley, including two successful capital campaigns, the first with a $20 million realized goal. Her dogged pursuit of major gifts netted Vassar their first ever seven-figure gift in 1994, an accomplishment she`s duplicated numerous times since. Ms. Armater and GSI have enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership, with another campaign on the doorstep. With nearly a quarter of a century at Vassar, she remains one of the most energetic and passionate fundraisers in the country. Ms. Armater resides in Poughkeepsie with her husband, Ray, and their three daughters.
Ms. Stephan is the Executive Director of the Capital Health System Foundation in Trenton, NJ. Since she arrived there a few years ago, Capital Health has launched its first ever major capital campaign. In the process, Ms. Stephan has presided over some remarkable successes working with GSI, principle among them a $5 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the largest ever in the history of Capital Health. The gift kicked off the precedent-setting $25 million fundraising initiative to support the construction of Capital Health`s new hospital in Hopewell, N.J. and extensive expansion of the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.
Debra Gill, CFRE, FAHP
Ms. Gill has been a mainstay in Montana philanthropy for most of her distinguished career, and serves as the Executive Vice President of Philanthropy for Bozeman Deaconess Foundation. In partnership with GSI, Ms. Gill is currently presiding over a campaign that will provide Bozeman Deaconess Hospital with a new Emergency Department. In the process, she has secured the first seven figure gift in the Foundation`s history...and then repeated the feat twice more for a total of three. In addition, she`s received 100% participation from the hospital and foundation boards and senior administration, and the largest gift ever from a physician group for the hospital. A native of Montana, she earned both her Bachelors and Masters degree from Montana State University-Bozeman, the latter in Public Administration. Always willing to share her talents, she often is called upon to counsel local non-profit organizations about philanthropy. Debra`s husband, Michael is the Assistant Director of Marketing for Bridger Bowl Ski Area in bucolic Bozeman where they reside with their two children, Jessica and Tucker.
Holly H. Duncan, CFRE
Two hundred million dollars...that`s the amount of money Ms. Duncan has raised in the Tampa Bay area of Florida during her 30 years of service in professional fundraising. She is currently the distinguished President & CEO of the Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation, providing private support for Morton Plant Mease Health Care. In partnership with GSI, Ms. Duncan is currently managing a $110 million capital campaign, the largest in Morton Plant Mease history. Along the way, she secured a record number of seven figure gifts including their first $5 million gift to name the Morgan Heart Hospital and a $1.5 million Kresge Foundation challenge grant. But she also uses her considerable energy and expertise outside of the Foundation as well. Ms. Duncan is a long-time member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and has been a frequent speaker and faculty member at the AHP International and Regional conferences. She`s also involved with Leadership America and on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Pinellas County, among others. Ms. Duncan`s son, Darby, and his family live near her in Tampa while her daughter, Whitney, and her family live in Valdosta, GA.
Jack W. Schwartz, CFP
A consummate professional and highly respected philanthropy executive, Mr. Schwartz is the Executive Director of the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation in Greenwood, South Carolina, the charitable arm of Self Regional which helps fund the hospital`s capital, program and equipment needs. He is currently doing just that, launching the quiet phase of the largest campaign in the Medical Center`s history with GSI providing on- site direction. Early on, Mr. Schwartz has already secured several significant six-figure commitments from board members, physicians and individuals in the community.
Philip Salerno III
One of the highlights of Mr. Salerno`s more than 20 years at Children`s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, New Jersey, is the $33 million "The Building Begins with Children" campaign he recently managed and completed in partnership with GSI. Currently, he is President and Chief Development Officer of the hospital`s Foundation. The road to success was paved with the largest gifts ever received from an individual, a corporation and a foundation - each at the seven-figure level, the first such gifts in the history of the hospital or the Foundation. The campaign`s landmark gift was the $5 million grant naming the "PSE&G Children`s Specialized Hospital". The ultimate result? A new 128,000 sq. ft., 60-bed pediatric rehabilitation hospital. An active community leader, Mr. Salerno also serves as president of the Water Works Conservancy and on the board of the Leadership New Jersey Graduate Organization and the Partnership for New Jersey. An ardent New York Yankees fan, he and his wife, Mary live in Oradell, New Jersey with their two sons.
In January of 2007, GSI presented the results of a campaign planning study for Monadnock Community Hospital (MCH) in Peterborough, New Hampshire, which determined that MCH had the upside potential to raise $8.6 million - or more than three times what the Hospital had ever raised before. Laura Gingras, MCH`s Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Relations, was ecstatic! With the full engagement of the Hospital`s President and CEO, Peter Gosline, and with GSI as campaign counsel, Monadnock launched Investing in Your Community Healthcare. On September 23rd, 2010, Monadnock celebrated the successful completion of this campaign that exceeded all original expectations in raising $10 million, a record for MCH and the largest sum ever raised by a community hospital in New Hampshire.
Two words characterize the success of this campaign - professionalism and persistence. And these same two words aptly describe the traits Laura Gingras brings to her position at Monadnock where she has led the development program since 2000.
A CPA by training, Laura has worked in healthcare for 15 years. Her impressive resume also includes several volunteer positions such as past president of the Peterborough Rotary, past chair of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, and serving on the boards of the Monadnock United Way and the New England Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (NEAHP). One of Laura`s proudest professional moments came in March of 2010 when her long-time development committee chair and major donor to MCH, Theodore S. Bacon, Jr., received NEAHP`s Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award.
Not one to rest on past successes, with the MCH capital campaign now in the books, Laura is already planning ahead and has engaged GSI to conduct a Philanthropic Capacity Assessment TM. Laura summed up her motivation in a few words: "we want to raise more money!"
Some might say that Peter Semenza`s background as a New York State Certified Interior Firefighter is among his most important skill sets, because professional fundraisers perform their share of fire extinguishing. We do know his expertise has forged some remarkable results at St. Peter`s Hospital in Albany where Peter serves as Executive Director of the Hospital Foundation. Working with GSI, Mr. Semenza is leading The Cornerstone Campaign...Building for the Future, the largest fundraising campaign in the 140-year history of St. Peter`s Hospital as they climb closer to their goal of $35 million. Under his leadership with the venerable George Hearst as campaign chairman, Cornerstone netted the first seven-figure gift in St. Peter`s history, and then secured two more after that! In total, his efforts since joining St. Peter`s in 1997 have helped generate 60 million in philanthropic dollars for capital improvements, technological advancements and program development for St. Peter`s Health Care Services. Peter also established the Foundation`s first Endowment Fund which, today, includes assets of $6.3 million. Peter lives in Waterford, New York with his wife, Maria, and his two children. When he`s not raising millions of dollars for St. Peter`s, he serves on the Board of Trustees of Maria College, and on the Board of Directors of Hudson Valley Community College Foundation. Peter may be a firefighter in his spare time, but he`s setting the world on fire professionally.
It was great to see everyone at the 2014 AHP New England Regional Conference!