April 11, 2022 – The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), based at the University of Washington in Seattle, has retained Lindauer to assist in its search for a chief philanthropy officer. The assignment is being led by Terri Rutter, assistant vice president, and Diane Felicio, senior consultant.
“IHME has an outstanding opportunity for an experienced, accomplished, and passionate advancement professional to serve as its inaugural chief philanthropy officer,” said Lindauer. The CPO will be the chief fundraiser for individual gifts to support new, innovative projects at IHME. The CPO will be a member of the organization’s senior management team, which is heavily invested in the success of the fundraising enterprise and will serve a critical role in helping the institute achieve its strategic priorities and foster a culture of philanthropy. The CPO will also have a collaborative, “dotted-line” relationship with the UW Medicine advancement office.
“This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a dynamic and entrepreneurial individual to lead and grow IHME’s individual donor fundraising program,” said the search firm. Reporting to IHME director Christopher J.L. Murray, the CPO will be charged with connecting donors’ interests in global health to IHME’s work and impact.
The new CPO must fully understand IHME’s complex interdisciplinary research and important topics in global health and related fields in order to draw connections between prospects’ and donors’ interests and priorities and IHME’s work and impact. The CPO will be expected to identify and secure critical new funding streams for areas of work that are of strategic importance to IHME but otherwise difficult to secure funding for from IHME’s traditional funding sources (i.e., foundation and federal grants).
As part of building an individual giving program for IHME, the CPO will generate funding for IHME’s Global Burden of Disease work and its focus on specific diseases, risk factors, and locations.
Candidates for the CPO role must have a bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree is preferred, said Lindauer. They should also have at least 10 years of professional experience in philanthropy with an emphasis on cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major and principal gifts ($100,000 and above). Development experience in a healthcare, global health, or technology setting is required; health-and/or technology-focused philanthropy/advancement experience is preferred.
Prospects must also have demonstrated success in building an individual giving program through development of fundraising strategies and plans that advance key relationships and build lifelong connections, the search firm said. A commitment to the values underpinning IHME’s DEI efforts and its focus on the systemic inequities that fuel public health disparities is essential.
Demonstrated success as an effective communicator with the ability to anticipate, develop, and communicate long-term vision, values, and impact is further required. Candidates must also be open to and skilled at working with various constituents including the academic community and prominent volunteers to define and articulate IHME’s goals and priorities. Experience advancing outstanding results that energize and inspire donors, senior leadership, faculty, staff, and volunteers is critical.
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Founded in 2007, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME makes this information freely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve population health.
Lindauer serves higher and secondary education, hospitals, and academic research centers, think tanks, research facilities and foundations, as well as advocacy, public service, social justice, and other mission-driven non-profits. Past and current clients in the health- and science-related fields include: AI2 in the (the Allen Institute for AI), JDRF, Boston Children’s Hospital, City of Hope, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Geisel School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Moffitt Cancer Center, Fenway Health, George Washington University, George Washington University Medical and Health Sciences, and Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Deb Taft, chief executive officer, leads Lindauer with over 25 years of executive and senior-level experience across the non-profit sector, from education to healthcare/academic medicine to the youth service and voluntary sectors. Her expertise includes governance, strategic planning, fundraising, program and staff management, strategic marketing, analytics, and constituent engagement, as well as talent recruitment, retention, and development.
Ms. Rutter brings a wide array of non-profit, advancement and communications and marketing expertise to Lindauer, excelling in placing top leaders and executing team builds in multiple sectors. Having served in various senior advancement and management roles, she is well-versed in the responsibilities of leadership. Ms. Rutter is experienced in recruiting executive directors, SVPs and VPs, national directors, and high-level frontline fundraisers and marketing and communications professionals for a broad range of world-class educational and medical institutions and national non-profits
With over 25 years of experience in senior leadership roles, Ms. Felicio has served as a strategist, executive director, operations expert, fundraiser, crisis manager, and trusted advisor and relationship builder across a broad range of institutions in the non-profit and related sectors. Within these positions, she has been directly involved with recruitment activities across numerous roles including college and university faculty/deans/provosts/presidents, development professionals, and operations staff/ directors/executive directors, as well as board recruitment and governance.
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