BC Children's Hospital Foundation

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

October 24, 2005 16:12 ET

BC Children's Hospital Foundation President Wins Top Philanthropy Award

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 24, 2005) - Sue Carruthers, President and CEO of BC Children's Hospital Foundation, has been awarded the prestigious Si Seymour Award by the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).

The international award is the highest honour in the field of healthcare philanthropy and Carruthers is only the second Canadian to receive the award, which was instituted in 1970. It is presented annually to a professional who has shown outstanding leadership and fostered and promoted exemplary standards of excellence for volunteerism and philanthropic support.

"Sue's drive and outstanding management style have enabled her to lead in what has become a highly competitive field," said David Podmore, Chair of the Board of the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. "We are lucky to have her here, sharing her considerable talent to enrich the lives of the children and families of British Columbia."

The Association of Healthcare Philanthropy's members represent more than 1,900 of the largest health care facilities in the United States and Canada, as well as many international organizations. It is the only association dedicated exclusively to advancing and promoting the health care development profession.

"Sue Carruthers' career has seen stunning success in raising funds for health care institutions. Throughout her career, she has become known as a builder and innovator; someone with foresight, wisdom, integrity, and intelligence," said AHP trustee Jannie Cox in a tribute to Carruthers during a gala banquet in Vancouver. "She is, without question, one of the most accomplished fundraising professionals we have in Canada and within AHP."

In just over two years since Carruthers joined the Foundation, its annual revenue has increased by 30 per cent, the Foundation received the single largest individual gift in its history and more Foundation staff have received their professional CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designations than at any other charitable organization in the province.

Harold J (Si) Seymour, for whom the award is named, is considered the most important and highly recognized person in philanthropy. Seymour spent 50 years as a career fundraiser, serving many national and international charities which included YMCA, YWCA, Salvation Army, Girl Scouts of America, American Cancer Society and the United Negro College Fund. His book, Elements of Fundraising, is still a best seller in philanthropy. Seymour died in 1968.

Carruthers joined the BC Children's Hospital Foundation in May 2003 and has responsibility for overall management and fundraising activities. With more than 20 years' experience in healthcare philanthropy, she spent most of her career in Ontario. She has held senior positions with The Hospital for Sick Children, Women's College Hospital Foundation and Save the Children Canada.

Among the achievements for which she was awarded the Si Seymour award:

- 1991 - One of only five Canadians to become a fellow in AHP.

- 1994 - AHP Showcase Award for Best Planned Giving Program in a Canadian Hospital.

- 1995 - AHP Showcase Award for Best Special Event in a Canadian hospital.

- 1995 - Outstanding Fund Raising Executive Award - National Society of Fund Raising Executives.

- A speaker and presenter at local, national and international conferences for more than 14 years.

- Faculty member of the AHP Fundraising Institute at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

- Member of the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) Credentialing Board.

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    Stephen Forgacs
    Director of Communications
    (604) 875-2338