Tom Sullivan, CFRE, brings to GG+A over 50 years of professional experience in advancement, development, and fundraising with leading healthcare and higher education institutions.
As a senior advancement executive, Tom has led and managed comprehensive philanthropy operations–including alumni relations, strategic planning, corporate/foundation relations, and government relations—at numerous high-profile organizations. His expertise additionally focuses on growing philanthropic support through principal and major gift fundraising, board building and support, and planned giving.
Before joining GG+A, Tom worked as an independent philanthropy consultant. Centered around healthcare and higher education organizations, he offered program analyses, benchmarking, campaign planning, fundraising strategy, and thought leadership.
Prior to this role, Tom served as the Chief Philanthropy Officer and Vice President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and President of the UMB Foundation. He implemented a multi-faceted university fundraising program, including a $750 million comprehensive campaign ($565 million committed). He additionally collaborated with volunteer leaders to support highly rated academic, research, clinical, and community engagement endeavors.
Tom enjoyed a 12-year career as the President of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He directed the institution’s fundraising and led the planning and implementation of a comprehensive campaign that exceeded $675 million. During his tenure, in which he also acted as the Hospital’s chief development officer and president of the Foundation, Tom was responsible for having led a fundraising organization that raised more than $850 million.
As the Director of Development for the University of Vermont Division of Health Sciences & Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, Tom directed multi-dimensional alumni, fundraising, and public relations initiatives for the medical school and university-affiliated hospital. He additionally served as the Regional Director of Development at the University of Notre Dame, where he staffed the University’s successful $52 million SUMMA Campaign.
Tom received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and holds a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University. He is also a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.