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April 25, 2019 | Maximizing Hospital Foundations in Changing Times


Over the past few decades, many hospitals in the U.S. have formed and used their separate foundations as key fundraising tools. As the healthcare sector evolves and new hospital systems are created or new partners join existing ones, hospital leaders will need to assess their hospital foundation strategies. Will they utilize a parent model, or will they continue with local foundations? How are local and/or system-wide strategic philanthropic objectives identified and action plans created? How are evolving boards engaged in a new environment? This webinar will review these options and discuss research derived from New York State, which can be applied to the national marketplace. We will also review the ways hospital foundations can maximize their fundraising and governance strategies, including the development of strategic philanthropic objectives and board engagement. 


  • Walter J. Dillingham, Jr.

    Walter J. Dillingham, Jr., CFA is Managing Director, Endowments & Foundations, and specializes in serving endowments, foundations, and healthcare clients for over 20 years. Walter and his team work closely with their not-for-profit clients to help them achieve both their investment and philanthropic objectives. Walter oversees the Wilmington Trust Philanthropic Speaker Series, which he started in 2012. He has also authored original research on a number of nonprofit sectors including hospitals, community colleges, public libraries, private schools, and religious organizations that have been covered by the financial press. He recently completed a report: Trends in Healthcare Philanthropy and the Use of Separate Foundations.

    Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, he was Director of Philanthropic Management for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and also worked at David L. Babson & Co. Inc., in Cambridge, and as Director of Managed Funds Ratings at Standard & Poor’s Corporation. Walter earned an MS in Philanthropy from New York University, an MBA from Babson College, and a BA in Economics from Bates College. Walter is a trustee/Treasurer of Fisher College (Boston) and serves on the Forest Hills Gardens Corp. Finance Committee.

  • Susan Holt

    President at Vision Philanthropy
    Susan Holt is one of the preeminent health care and biomedical sciences fundraising professionals in the United States.  She has led the development programs at major academic medical centers and NCI-designated cancer centers. As fundraising counsel, Susan partners with a wide range of health care organizations, including medical schools and teaching hospitals, community hospitals, as well as behavioral health and global health organizations.  She has partnered with deans, presidents, board members and faculty in identifying, cultivating and closing gifts ranging from $1 million to $250 million. During her 30-plus year career, she has helped some of the nation's leading physicians, scientists, CEO's and board members become willing participants in major gift fundraising. With her help, not only have they become comfortable and effective in obtaining game-changing philanthropy for their institutions, they have experienced the joy of building meaningful relationships that translate into life-changing gifts.

April 25, 2019
Thu 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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