September 30, 2021 – Virtually every industry needs top-drawer chief development officers. CDOs play a key role in planning, coordinating, and administering capital campaigns, corporate giving and galvanizing new donors while keeping previous funders content. Implementing funding strategies that “keep the lights on,” according to recruiters specializing in the function, is Job 1. Non-profit specialist recruitment firm Development Guild DDI has assisted in the recruitment of Tanya Waskiewicz as the chief development officer of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation. Senior vice president and principal Tracy Marshall led the assignment.
“Some of the most important breakthroughs in pediatric medicine are taking place at St. Louis Children’s Hospital,” said Trish Lollo, the hospital’s president. “New discoveries and treatments often originate because of generous donors in our community. A fundraising leader of Tanya’s caliber will help us grow our capacity for innovation and provide the best care possible for kids and families in our region, across the country and around the world.”
Ms. Waskiewicz has 20-plus years of extensive experience in healthcare fundraising and leading teams to increase major gifts and overall philanthropic giving. For the past nine years she has served as vice president of the Mercy Health Foundation, where she led donor development and fundraising efforts for Mercy Hospital and Mercy Clinics throughout the St. Louis region.
Prior to leading the Mercy Health Foundation, Ms. Waskiewicz held key fundraising roles at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (California)- (vice president, development), University of California Davis Health (director, health sciences advancement) and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital/Vanderbilt University Medical Center (director of development). At Vanderbilt, Ms. Waskiewicz contributed to raising more than $75 million for the new Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, which opened in 2004. She has also worked in fundraising for the American Heart Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation is in early stages of a $250 million comprehensive campaign, having conducted a feasibility study, identified key areas of need and growth for the hospital, and secured a crucial lead gift. Campaign planning continues with leadership recruitment and case development. The CDO will play a critical role in guiding the foundation’s relationship managers as they continue to identify key prospects and prepare solicitation plans.
Development Guild DDI, which has offices in New York and Boston, was founded in 1978. The firm helps clients align leadership around a strategic vision with its planning, executive search, and fundraising services. The firm works with non-profits nationwide, partnering with leaders in academic medicine, higher education, arts and culture, human services, and others.
Development Guild’s clients, which number more than 500, have included: Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Tufts Medical Center, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, College of the Holy Cross, Partners in Health, University of Rhode Island Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the American Cancer Society.
Development Guild DDI Recruits Chief Advancement Officer for Prospect Hill Academy Charter School
Development Guild DDI has placed Evan Lewis as the new chief advancement officer of the Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in Massachusetts. Vice president Katharine Kaplan led the assignment. One of the oldest and largest Massachusetts charter schools, Prospect Hill Academy serves nearly 1,200 students in grades K to 12 from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.
President William Weber, who co-founded the firm with Suzanne Weber, has focused his career on the convergence of strategic planning, philanthropy, and leadership development, as well as the transformational impact it can have on an institution. His many clients have included: Boston University, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Johns Hopkins Medicine, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Mount Sinai Health System, National Coast Guard Museum Association, Union of Concerned Scientists and Year Up.
Ms. Marshall has worked with a wide range of clients, including Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, Emily Dickinson Museum, The Fenn School, French Cultural Center, The Home for Little Wanderers, Kents Hill School, The League School, Mount Sinai Health System, Olin College of Engineering, St. John’s Prep, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation, University of Rhode Island Foundation, and Woodwell Climate Research Center. Ms. Marshall rejoined Development Guild DDI in 2011 after serving for seven years as the director of philanthropy at Faulkner Hospital. Her career has also included positions at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media