The Patrick Mulvey Scholarship
The Patrick Mulvey Scholarship was created this year in honor of his retirement from MD Anderson and his contributions to NACCDO over the past 30 years. In addition to his amazing leadership at MD Anderson, Pat was instrumental in the founding of NACCDO and its growth from a small group getting together to talk shop over dinner to a sold-out national conference. The Patrick Mulvey Scholarship pays tribute to his legacy as a mentor to many and his service to NACCDO and the fundraising profession as a whole.
The Patrick Mulvey Scholarship was given out for the first-time in 2020 and will cover registration to this year’s sold-out conference and up to $1,000 in travel costs for one lucky person from a member center each year. All applicants must be first-time conference attendees and must share why attending this conference would be meaningful to them and their cancer center at this point in time. An applicant may apply even if already registered for the conference.
Lisa Considine Service Award and Innovator of the Year Award
Lisa Considine Service Award
The Lisa Considine Service Award is presented each year at the NACCDO annual meeting to a member of NACCDO who has demonstrated great collegiality in their work with fellow members of the organization. The award recipient has shown commitment to their profession of development through mentoring, collaborating and participating with NACCDO colleagues to advance the organization’s mission, and who has gone beyond expected service to their fellow NACCDO colleagues.
Lisa Considine, a founding member of NACCDO to whom this award pays tribute, was recognized as a leading collaborator who greatly assisted the NACCDO organization in its formative years through her collegial leadership. Lisa succumbed to cancer herself at an early age in 2013. The Hummingbird, a favorite subject of Lisa’s artistic expression, is a symbol of tireless energy, of perseverance and because of their ability to hover and take their time drinking nectar, are often thought to be reminders that life is meant to be savored. This symbolizes how Lisa lived her life and the intended spirit of this award.
2021 Award Recipients
Patrick Mulvey Scholarship Award – Ashleigh Wahl, Associate Director of Development at Indiana University Melvin & Bren Simon Comprehensive Center
Ashleigh wasn’t just new to NACCDO, but she joined her cancer center in March 2020 early in the COVID-19 pandemic. She stewards several long-running annual gift programs and events which, taken together, generate more than $1.5 million annually and serve as the major gift pipeline to the cancer center. She is a fierce patient advocate for her father, a cancer survivor, who lost his stomach to gastrointestinal cancer in 2018 and was treated at IU.
Before joining the team at IU SCCC, Ashleigh was a litigation attorney working for a firm in Indy, representing clients battling cancer and lung disease. She graduated from IU’s McKinney School of Law in 2008. A native of Buffalo, New York, Ashleigh earned her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree from the University of Kansas.
We look forward to the contributions to NACCDO from such a strong cancer fundraiser
Lisa Considine Award – Rachel Stroud Hunsinger, Managing Senior Executive Director of Development for Moores Cancer Center and Health Sciences Advancement at UC San Diego
Rachel is a former member of the NACCDO Board of Directors, past Membership Chair of NACCDO, and a past conference host. One of her nominations said, “When you think of Rachel Stroud Hunsinger words like innovator, thought leader, fierce, determined, mentor, visionary come to mind.” She is a leader who encourages her team members to advance their careers and she is right by their sides, guiding and leading. The Director of the Moores Cancer Center described Rachel as “a tireless leader, dedicated mentor, and consummate philanthropic professional.”
We thank Rachel for her many years of service to NACCDO, her commitment to cancer fundraising, and her mentorship to the next generation of cancer fundraising leaders.
Past recipients of the Lisa Considine Service Award:
2020 Award Recipient: Keeman Wong, Managing Executive Director of Development at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Keeman is a veteran development professional and member of the senior leadership team at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. In his role, he provides strategic leadership and direction for a team of major gift officers working to secure philanthropic support for cancer research, training and patient care programs. He has over 25 years of experience leading fundraising programs at major academic, medical and healthcare institutions, including University of Washington, Swedish Medical Center, and University of Toronto. When he served as Co-Chair of the NACCDO Membership Committee, he helped lead NACCDO through the execution of a new membership renewal system and in 2019, we saw the fastest number of renewals in NACCDO history. Keeman is genuine and authentic in his desire to improve cancer fundraising and goes above and beyond for NACCDO’s members.
2019 Recipient: No award winner
2018 Recipient: Anthony Moye
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
2018 Recipient: Cathy Spicola
Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota
2017 Recipient: Tricia Bruning, Chair Emeritus
Senior Executive Director of Development, Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
2016 Recipient: Patrick Mulvey, Chair Emeritus
Vice President, Development; MD Anderson Cancer Center
2015 Recipient: Cindy Eller, Vice President for Development, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
2014 Recipient: Debbie Dibbert, Director of External Affairs, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Innovator of the Year Award
The Innovator of the Year Awards recognize development professionals who have made an outstanding contribution to innovation in the field of cancer fundraising. The nominee(s) should have shown excellence, best practice and creativity through their actions, leadership and collaborative spirit.
Submissions must describe significant achievements of nominees’ careers to date that demonstrate new approaches to engage donors and supporters with innovations that go beyond current fundraising practices. These innovations must have been solely or largely responsible for the outcomes.
Nathan Fay, Associate Vice-President of Prospect Development and Edward Lee, Senior Manager of Innovation Solutions, at City of Hope
– For their development of interactive dashboards to link multiple databases across the system by a simple, clean interactive surface.
Their initiative has inspired the entire staff of the Office of Philanthropy to transform their skillset and mindset when it comes to the importance of data integrity and transparency. As a result database usage has grown exponentially building a solid foundation for philanthropic success.
Carter Stone, Director of Development, Major Gifts and Planned Giving and Ethan Bush, Vice-President and Chief Development Officer, at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
– For their creative execution and push of Take The Fight Forward, a newly launched major and planned gift initiative in 2015.
They introduced their innovation with these words: “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”