Chief Philanthropy Officer and Executive Director - Mercy Health Foundation

Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland

Founded in 1874, Mercy is home to the nationally acclaimed Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine, The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, and Stella Maris – a Long Term Care Facility. The Mercy Health Foundation was established to manage gifts to Mercy and Stella Maris in support of making a positive impact on the lives of patients, their families and the Greater Baltimore community.

The Mercy Health Foundation seeks an experienced and strategic fundraising leader to serve as the Chief Philanthropy Officer of Mercy Health Services and Executive Director of the Mercy Health Foundation. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Health Services and the Senior Vice President of External Affairs, the successful candidate will be a member of the Mercy Health Services senior management team and contribute to the annual Board of Trustees-approved corporate priorities. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will work closely with the Executive Chair of the Board, Sister Helen Amos, RSM, Chief Administrative Officer of Stella Maris, and members of the Board of Trustees to lead the expansion of Mercy’s philanthropic revenue. The Chief Philanthropy Officer will oversee a team of over a dozen advancement and administrative professionals.

The ideal candidate will bring visionary fundraising leadership, marked by a solid track record of increasing philanthropic support. S/he will execute a long-range strategy for increasing private philanthropic support, with attention to meeting annual financial targets. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, stewarding, and securing philanthropic support in a complex environment where the prospective donor constituency is not immediately obvious. A successful candidate will join a culture in which passion for the mission, excellence, transparent collaboration, respect, performance measurement and accountability are guiding principles.

The Chief Philanthropy Officer will bring a comprehensive record of sustained high achievement in diverse and dynamically changing environments. S/he will possess the professional maturity, stature and flexibility to effectively build relationships and alliances with philanthropic individuals, corporations, and foundations. Moreover, s/he will have the proven ability to creatively engage and motivate donors and prospects, and inspire confidence with internal and external constituencies.

The Chief Philanthropy Officer must be an exemplary writer, have excellent communication skills, and have the intellectual curiosity and capacity to elicit and quickly grasp medical and clinical concepts, and synthesize this information into articulate and compelling cases for support. 

The ideal candidate will have passion for the mission of Mercy and possess a genuine interest and belief in the promise of providing excellent clinical and residential services within a community of compassionate care.


About Mercy Health Services


Like the Sisters of Mercy before us, we witness God’s healing love for all people by providing excellent clinical and residential services within a community of compassionate care.


Mercy Health Services’ core values are Dignity, Hospitality, Justice, Excellence, Stewardship, and Prayer. Learn more about Mercy’s mission and values. 

A History of Caring

The Sisters of Mercy were founded by Catherine McAuley in 1824. Using her inheritance, Catherine built a refuge for homeless and abused women on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland. Through prayerful deliberation and consultation with other women, Catherine founded a new religious congregation. In 1831, along with two of her associates, Catherine McAuley took religious vows to become a Sister of Mercy. The group of Catholic women was the first order to leave their cloistered convent to walk the streets of Ireland, becoming known as the “walking nuns.”

Upon Catherine’s death in 1841, there were as many as 150 Sisters of Mercy, and shortly thereafter, small groups of Sisters left Ireland to serve the needs of those in various other countries, including the United States.

The Sisters founded the Baltimore City Hospital in 1874 and renamed it Mercy Hospital in 1909. Since its founding, 16 Sisters of Mercy have served as President of what is now known as Mercy Medical Center, and many more have offered their caring and devoted touch to families in and around the City of Baltimore.

National and Regional Recognition

Mercy has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, most recently including recognition as a “High Performing” Hospital for 2020-21 by U.S. News and World Report. Mercy was named a “High Performing” hospital in hip replacement and knee replacement for procedure/condition ratings, also measured by U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, Mercy was recognized as a 5-star recipient for Gynecologic Procedure Care and for Vaginal Delivery for the 3rd consecutive year by Healthgrades.

Additional recent accolades include Healthgrades’ America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award and 100 Best for Spine Surgery recognition. Mercy has been nationally recognized by Healthgrades for Orthopedic Services for the past 4 years, Spine Surgery for the past 3 years, named among the top 10% in the nation for Joint Replacement, and has received 5-star ratings for many surgical procedures, including Hip Fracture Treatment, Spinal Fusion Surgery, and others.

About Mercy Medical Center

Founded in 1874, Mercy Medical Center is a Catholic health care facility, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, as well as a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Located in downtown Baltimore, Mercy is part of Mercy Health Services, Inc., an independent health care delivery system, which also includes Stella Maris, Central Maryland's largest long-term/geriatric care facility located in Timonium, MD, as well as a network of physician practice sites. MHS is governed by a 29 member, self-perpetuating board of trustees.

In 2010, Mercy's campus expanded with the addition of a new $400 million, 20-story state-of-the-art hospital, The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, which features 23 state-of-the-art operating rooms and 227 private inpatient rooms.

In 2003, Mercy opened The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center, a signature $42 million outpatient center featuring expressive, metropolitan architecture as well as a new parking center. The Weinberg Center houses the renowned Weinberg Center for Women's Health & Medicine as well as the acclaimed Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy.

About Stella Maris – Long Term Care Facility

Stella Maris is a nonprofit, long-term care facility, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercy Health Services, located in Timonium, Maryland. For more than 60 years, Stella Maris has offered a comprehensive range of health and residential services for the care of the elderly from retirement through the end of life. Since 1983, Stella Maris has provided both inpatient and home hospice care, and established one of the first hospice care programs in Maryland. Stella Maris opened the Sister Karen McNally, RSM Rehabilitation Center in September 2020, a $30 million state-of-the-art rehab facility designed to help patients achieve successful post-surgical goals and ease their transition to returning home. Other services offered by Stella Maris include long-term and dementia care, home health and personal care, counseling and bereavement services, medical care, pastoral care, and a senior day center.

About Mercy Ridge – Retirement Community

Located adjacent to Stella Maris in Timonium, Maryland, Mercy Ridge Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) features a carefully tended and beautifully landscaped 32-acre campus. The grounds, dining and recreational amenities, and residences are designed to provide a gracious retirement lifestyle and a variety of exciting activities. Mercy Ridge is committed to providing equal housing opportunities for all races, religions, ethnic groups and disabilities. Mercy Ridge is a joint venture between Mercy Health Services and the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

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The Mercy Health Foundation

The Mercy Health Foundation was established when Mercy Health Services was created in 1999. The Mercy Health Foundation creates a bridge for the community to join Mercy Health Services’ mission through philanthropy and volunteerism, critically strengthening its ability to serve the poor, and to continue providing exceptional care, accessible throughout the greater Baltimore region.

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Mercy Leadership


President & CEO

Mercy Health Services - Baltimore, MDDavid N. Maine, M.D., is the President & CEO of Mercy Health Services (MHS), a patient-centered, integrated system, delivering high-quality, high-value health care services in various locations throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area and State of Maryland. Dr. Maine’s appointment as President & CEO marks the first time a physician has led the hospital and health system in its 145-year history.

Dr. Maine, previously served as Executive Vice President for Mercy Health Services since October 2019, is responsible for all MHS operations, overseeing the Medical Center, specialty and primary care physician networks, and Mercy affiliates. Prior to assuming the role of Executive Vice President of Mercy Health Services, he was Executive Vice President of Mercy’s Physician Enterprise, focusing on the growth of its physician network. His other roles at Mercy have included serving as President of Medical Staff; as Senior Vice President of Clinical Transformation, leading Mercy’s efforts to launch the SurgCenter of Towson; and since 2007, as Medical Director of The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy, perennially earning the distinction as a Baltimore magazine “Top Doctor”.

Dr. Maine attended local public schools in Irondequoit, New York. He then matriculated at the University of Rochester School of Arts and Science and the University of Rochester School of Medicine, graduating in 2002 with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He completed his Residency in Anesthesiology and his Fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.


Executive Chair of the Board of Trustees

Mercy Health Services - Baltimore, MDSister Helen Amos is the Executive Chairperson of the Board of Mercy Health Services, Inc. (the “parent” corporation of Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore). She began her service to Mercy Medical Center in 1980 as a member of the Board of Trustees. She was named President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center in 1992 and served in that role until the formation of Mercy Health Services in 1999 when she became Executive Chairperson. Sister Helen also chairs the Board of Mercy Ridge, Inc. and serves on numerous healthcare boards outside of Maryland. Other local board memberships include the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and the Downtown Management Authority (which she chaired from 2005 to 2008), Mercy High School and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, as well as the Archdiocese of Baltimore Board of Financial Administration, of which she is the Vice Chair.

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Important Relationships

The Chief Philanthropy Officer will report to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Health Services and the Senior Vice President of External Affairs, and serve as a member of the senior management team of Mercy Health Services, in collaboration with the Executive Chair of the Board of Trustees, Sister Helen Amos, RMS, and the Mercy Health Foundation Board to further Mercy's philanthropic priorities. An effective candidate will build and expand a program that ensures long-term, sustainable and transformative growth that is responsive to the evolving needs and strategic direction of Mercy Health Services.

The ideal candidate will strategically engage and support Mercy Medical Center, Stella Maris, board members, physicians, volunteers, community leaders, colleagues, and staff to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individuals, foundations, and corporations. The successful candidate will foster communications, maintain best practices, and engage participation from all levels in order to best position stakeholders to execute fundraising initiatives. The candidate will oversee the professional and administrative staff of Mercy Health Foundation. 

The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with the Senior Vice President of External Affairs [Corporate Affairs], and the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development to ensure coordinated messaging, branding, and outreach efforts.

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Key Responsibilities

As a key member of Mercy Health Service’s leadership team, the Chief Philanthropy Officer will support the mission and values of the Sisters of Mercy. The Mercy Health Foundation seeks an exceptional development professional with both the capacity and demonstrated track record to respond effectively to the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Guided by the values and mission of Mercy Health Services, provide inspirational leadership through teamwork, collaboration, and dedication;
  • Rapidly gain a thorough understanding of the scope, history, current initiatives, and goals of Mercy in order to refine and implement a strategy for securing transformative gifts to enable the continued growth of Mercy’s Centers of Excellence;
  • Foster a culture of philanthropy and collaboration across Mercy Health Services to better inform internal and external audiences alike about needs and opportunities to invest in the Mercy mission;
  • Develop and execute a long-range strategy for enlisting private philanthropic support for Mercy Medical Center and Stella Maris with attention to meeting annual financial targets;
  • Systematically identify and build relationships with new sources of support;
  • Lead the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of private philanthropic support;
  • Proactively build and maintain a portfolio of major gift prospects; devise cultivation, solicitation, and closure strategies for each prospect;
  • Devise strategy to build on the existing Planned Giving and Grateful Patient Programs for the Foundation;
  • Lead and oversee the budget and planning for the Foundation and align strategy to resources;
  • Manage external community events, programs, and sponsorships;
  • Thoughtfully evaluate and re-engineer the Foundation, as needed, to best align resources to meet the fundraising strategy and goals, as well as increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the fundraising infrastructure;
  • Manage and mentor a team of professional staff utilizing clearly defined goals, objectives, and transparent methods with which to measure success, and instill the importance of stewarding all gifts in ways that strengthens donors’ interests in, and satisfaction with, Mercy.

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Ideal Experience & Qualities

Mercy Health Foundation seeks an experienced fundraising leader with the ability and the demonstrated track record to respond effectively to the opportunities and challenges listed above. The ideal candidate will possess the following experience and attributes:

  • Commitment to the values of the Sisters of Mercy and the continued excellence of Mercy Health Services;
  • Stature and experience to gain the trust and confidence of the President & CEO, Executive Chair of the Board, Board Members, administrative and medical leadership, volunteers, staff, grateful patients, friends, donors, and prospects;
  • Fundraising vision and capacity to take the Mercy Health Foundation to its next level of excellence, including a proven track record of creating, leading, and executing fundraising initiatives which result in significant revenue growth, an expanded constituency base, and improved operations;
  • Demonstrated record of personal solicitations from individuals, including the design and execution of the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies;
  • Track record of providing strategic direction, leadership, and management of a comprehensive development operation in a complex organization, ideally within a hospital or healthcare system or academic medical center setting;
  • Extensive fundraising experience (including major gifts, grateful patients, corporate and foundation relations, planned giving, and annual giving) in a multi-unit institution;
  • Experience developing, implementing, and/or managing a Planned Giving and Grateful Patient Program;
  • Proven success in creating, implementing, and executing fundraising events, specifically in a virtual format;
  • Strong leader with experience building a development operation through effective recruitment, motivation, mentoring, and team building, and leveraging existing capacity and strengthening performance while maintaining best practices, camaraderie, and shared accountability;
  • Creative and imaginative manner of approaching issues and devising sound solutions based on good judgment and collaboration;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and orally, high level analytical skills, and demonstrated collaboration and negotiation skills;
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations regarding health system foundations and knowledge of fundraising databases;
  • Significant experience (7 years) in and responsibility for strategic fundraising;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree and CFRE preferred.

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Application & Nominations


The compensation and benefits package will be competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience. Mercy Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) status.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At the entrance to our hospital is a simple declaration of a core belief to serve all people of every creed, color, economic and social condition. We believe the diversity of our patients and the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce strengthens us as a health care community committed to clinical excellence and compassionate care.

Application and Nominations

Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent to Ryan O’Doherty, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at All applications must include (1) an up-to-date resume and (2) letters of interest that specifically cite the experiences that best prepare the applicant for this role and why this particular opportunity is the logical and desired next step in his/her career. Additional materials and information will be requested during the search and interview process.


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