Nancy Birdwell presented AHP professional achievement award

- Lauded for leadership and personal ethics in the field of health care development -

CENTRAL TEXAS, Texas – Nancy L. Birdwell, chief development officer, Scott & White Healthcare and executive vice president and chief executive officer, Scott & White Healthcare Foundation, has been awarded the Gerry Gunnin Professional Achievement Award by the Rockies & Southwest Region of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).  The organization represents 500 members in a seven-state region spanning from Montana to Texas.

Ms. Birdwell, who has led the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation’s development efforts since 2002, received the award in recognition of demonstrated leadership and personal ethics in the field of health care development. She was presented the award during the organization’s recent conference in San Antonio. "Nancy is the consummate fundraiser bringing the qualities of integrity, professionalism and compassion to each donor and gift. She is very deserving of this award," said Sandy Ogletree, AHP regional director.

Since joining Scott & White, Birdwell has overseen the transformation of the development operation from a staff of five to a staff of more than 42. In 2011, Scott & White Healthcare established the Scott & White Foundation as a 501 (c) (3) organization, naming her executive vice president and chief executive officer. During her tenure, total funds raised at Scott & White have increased from $2 million annually to most currently more than $40 million.

In 2011, Scott & White completed its first $100 million campaign under Birdwell’s leadership and she was recently involved in securing the largest gift ever given to Scott & White from Drayton and Elizabeth McLane and their sons’ families, to name the Children’s Hospital at Scott & White.

In her nearly three-decade career in philanthropy, Birdwell has served as the vice president of development for Alliant International University in San Diego, assistant vice president for advancement at Texas Tech University and Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, and as director of corporate and foundation relations for the University of Texas at Austin. She has been active in many fundraising organizations including AHP, C Association for Schools and Education (CASE), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Texas Healthcare Trustees.  She has also served on numerous community boards in San Diego, Austin, Lubbock and Temple. Birdwell was recently honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America.

Birdwell is a frequent speaker on development topics as well as a faculty member for the University of Texas Thompson Center for Fundraising Management. She has also served as a guest lecturer at St. Edwards University Graduate School and Texas Tech University, where she graduated with a degree in advertising and public relations.

"Nancy is an exemplary leader and development professional, always communicating Scott & White’s vision to the Foundation staff and supporting us in reaching the fundraising goals for the organization," said Alfred Knight, MD, president of the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation, who had the privilege of presenting Birdwell her award. "She brings humanity and humor to her work while keeping the staff focused on our mission. Her advice and counsel stemming from many years of development experience is highly valued by her colleagues and her team. She is one of the most effective development professionals I have had the privilege to work with."

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The Scott & White Healthcare Foundation was created as the philanthropic arm of Scott & White Healthcare.  The Foundation is committed to the responsible stewardship of donations received from individuals, foundations and corporations that support the vision of Scott & White Healthcare.

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June 27, 2012

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