Tom Sullivan

Senior Vice President

“Aim high.”

Biography

Tom Sullivan, CFRE, has more than four decades of professional experience in advancement, development, and fundraising with leading healthcare and higher education institutions.

As a senior advancement executive, Tom has managed complex philanthropy operations—including alumni relations, strategic planning, corporate/foundation relations, government relations, and strategic communications—at numerous high-profile organizations. His work has focused on growing philanthropic support through principal and major gift fundraising, board building and support, and planned giving.

From 2016 to 2020, Tom led a $750 million comprehensive campaign at the University of Maryland, Baltimore where he served as Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer, and President of the UMB Foundation. The campaign helped fund big picture projects including: pain research at the University’s Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research (CACPR); multidisciplinary solutions to social problems in Baltimore’s urban core; and efforts to address the adverse impact of addiction on individuals, families, and communities through the University of Maryland Center for Addiction Research, Education, and Service (CARES). Tom also collaborated with volunteer leaders to support highly rated academic, research, clinical, and community engagement endeavors.

Prior to that role, Tom served as Vice President of Advancement at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (since renamed Shirley Ryan AbilityLab), where he led a team in planning and executing a $300 million campaign to build a $550 million state-of-the-art facility for one of the world’s top-ranked rehabilitative medicine and science hospitals.

Tom also spent 12 years as the President of the Children’s Memorial Foundation (the foundation for Children’s Memorial Hospital, which has since been renamed the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago; the foundation is now the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation). In that role, he directed the institution’s fundraising and led the planning and implementation of a comprehensive campaign that exceeded $675 million. The campaign was critical in raising the funding to create the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, a facility that features numerous innovative elements such as the Crown Sky Garden, a 5,000-square-foot healing garden on the hospital's 11th floor that serves as a respite for patients, families and staff.

Earlier in his career, Tom served as General Manager, Public Relations Division, at Faller, Klenk & Quinlan where he managed the Public Relations Division for a $60 million full service advertising agency. Additionally, as the Director of Development for the University of Vermont Division of Health Sciences & Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, Tom directed public relations, multidimensional alumni, and fundraising initiatives for the medical school and university-affiliated hospital.

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.

Areas of Expertise
  • Strategic Communications

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