Organization: Alexian Brothers Foundation

Location: Arlington Heights, IL

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About Alexian Brothers Foundation:

The Alexian Brothers Foundation (the Foundation) is a faith-based partnership comprised of dedicated community leaders, physicians and Alexian Brothers associates. The organization actively pursues high-impact philanthropic solutions to the community’s most pressing healthcare needs with a special focus on healing the most vulnerable. Through the Alexian Brothers Health System, the Foundation carries out the healing mission of the Catholic Church and honors the legacy of their founders, the Congregation of Alexian Brothers.

In February 2015, Alexian Brothers Health System and Adventist Midwest Health formed a partnership as a Joint Operating Company (JOC), collectively known as AMITA Health. AMITA Health is focused on delivering the most efficient, highest-quality, faith-based care possible. AMITA is a new health system that integrates the founding organizations’ nine hospitals and an extensive physician provider network of more than 3,000 physicians.

The name AMITA is inspired by words from several languages: friendship in Italian, honesty and truth in Hebrew, and spiritual light and boundlessness in Hindi. These words reflect the core values of friendship, truth, and mutual respect for all, as well as the system’s faith-based call to healing. AMITA Health is about open, inclusive and compassionate care, inspired by a legacy of faith, and delivered with dignity and empathy.

In the communities, AMITA Health promises:

  • To deliver the most efficient, highest quality, faith-based care possible;
  • To embrace each person and each family as one of their own;
  • To respect the faith traditions of all people;
  • To communicate clearly with patients at every step of their care journey;
  • And they promise that their sacred mission is one of truth and friendship in extending the healing ministry of Christ

The dedication and promise AMITA Health’s caregivers show every day to their patients, their families and to each other will continue to be the foundation of AMITA Health’s legacy from Adventist Midwest Health and Alexian Brothers Health System.

The vision of the Alexian Brothers Foundation is to have a profound, measurable and lasting impact on the health and welfare of the sick, poor, people with mental illness, the dying, aging adults and children of their community.

For more information on the Foundation, please visit

The Opportunity:

The Assistant Vice President, Major Gifts (AVPMG) will provide leadership, strategic direction, and operational coordination, to the Major Gifts and Grant team of the Alexian Brothers Foundation in Arlington Heights. The AVPMG will develop a comprehensive plan for major gift giving for the Foundation including metrics, standards and financial goals as well as supervise staff working in the major gift arena. The AVPMG will work with Major Gift Officers to develop strategy for their assigned major gift prospects, with a focus on gifts of $25,000 and above. In addition, the AVPMG will manage a personal portfolio of major gift prospects.

With the Foundation embarking upon a five-year multi-million dollar campaign to support behavioral health, the AVPMG will have direct responsibility for managing major gift activity related to the campaign including:

  • Working with campaign volunteers to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward Campaign prospects and donors;
  • Partnering with Foundation events staff and Campaign volunteers to manage and execute prospect entry and stewardship events; and
  • Engaging and staffing Alexian physicians and associates as partners in the Campaign.

Reporting to and partnering with Melanie Furlan, Vice President of the Alexian Brothers Foundation, the AVPMG will be a business-minded, entrepreneurial and creative fundraising professional supervising the Major Gifts team, which currently includes a grant writer, the Director, Foundation and Corporate Grants and the Foundation Director, Major Gifts.

The AVPMG will oversee Grateful Patient Fundraising to ensure the Foundation is fully leveraging the potential of this key constituency. The AVPMG will work to educate physicians and clinical staff to help identify and refer grateful patients. Part of this strategy will include the management of the Physicians Council with a goal of growing its membership and increasing giving to the Health Cares fund. The AVPMG will be the primary conduit to educate the medical and hospital staff as to the importance of their role in a Grateful Patient Program.

The AVPMG will work with selected Foundation Board and Council members to encourage giving as well as engaging their network of prospects and donors. In addition, the AVPMG will staff the Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s (ABWCH) Foundation Board and other volunteer leadership Councils as needed.

Key metrics for success include:

  • Cultivating long-term relationships with new individual donors who connect with the mission of the Health System;
  • Achieving major gift goals for the multi-million dollar campaign;
  • Identifying, securing and cultivating Board Members for the Women & Children’s Foundation Board; and
  • Implementing policies, procedures and metrics to ensure transparency and build confidence with leadership.

Candidate Profile:

The AVPMG will be a bold thinker as well as a strategic, yet ‘hands-on’ executor, who will help the Alexian Brothers Foundation refine its major gifts efforts. As a member of Foundation’s Leadership Team, s/he will bring a genuine passion for the organization’s mission coupled with deep experience driving fundraising success.

The ideal candidate will have the following personal competencies and characteristics:

An Expert in Development:

The AVPMG will be an experienced leader in the field of development with a measurable track record of success. S/he will have proven expertise with a wide range of fundraising channels with particular emphasis on the successful solicitation of major gifts. S/he will embrace Alexian’s culture and will have the character and confidence to expand the organization’s major gifts program. S/he will flourish in a mission driven yet business environment and be energized by the prospect of joining the campaign and implementing processes and best practices. The AVPMG will have a demonstrated record of implementing direct fundraising initiatives including prospect identification, individualized cultivation and successful solicitation. S/he will adopt an entrepreneurial approach to expanding and deepening new and existing donor support.

A Relationship Builder and Communicator:

The AVPMG will be skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships at multiple levels with varied constituencies including selected members of the various Alexian Brothers Foundation’s Boards of Directors, committees, donors, executive team, development team, medical professionals and other staff. S/he will be a confident and articulate communicator with the ability to work fluidly across all levels. The AVPMG will have an inspirational approach to building collaboration and buy-in and generating support from stakeholders. S/he will be a charismatic, high-energy leader who can talk with all constituents and successfully convey the Foundation’s objectives. The AVPMG will have a business-driven approach to building collaboration and buy-in and generating support from stakeholders.

Strategic Leadership and Management Acumen:

The AVPMG will be a strategic and results-oriented leader who, along with the Vice President of the Foundation, articulates a vision for the organization’s next fundraising chapter, executes the major gift plan and evaluates outcomes with a metrics based approach. S/he will assess, direct and build his/her team. The AVPMG will be an approachable leader who supports a culture of collaboration among the development team, health system staff, medical professionals and board members as well as the health system’s other diverse stakeholders.

A Passion for the Mission:

The AVPMG will have a passion for mission of the Alexian Brothers Health System and a commitment to northwest Chicago’s diverse communities and the people they serve. S/he will embrace the health system’s culture while continually innovating to help expand the Foundation’s brand and reach. The AVPMG will be an empathic leader, treating others with respect. S/he will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.

A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree in a related field is preferred.


Marissa Martin and Liz Lombard of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email Marissa and Liz directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit