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Mark Hierlihy

Mark is the inaugural President & CEO of Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (CCHF), a collaboration of 13 children’s hospitals, in partnership with Children’s Miracle Network. Throughout his career he has driven change and growth through integration, collaboration and a focus on impact across causes in hospitals, national health, sports and the arts.

 

Since 2017, under Mark’s leadership, CCHF increased annual fundraising revenue by $10M to over $50M, achieved through increased collaboration and integration with Member Foundations, a focus on larger partnerships, and creating an exceptional value proposition for national donors. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mark and his team took the opportunity to capitalize on the crisis to find new opportunities – using principles of communication, collaboration and trust as a way to maintain stability and building culture. CCHF recently finalized a 3-year Strategic Plan for 2021-2023 to guide the organization forward to the next generation of growth.

 

Mark found his calling in causes and philanthropy over 20 years ago at a new hospital foundation in PEI. He has always been passionate about helping others and says his personal mission is "to be a constant positive influence on everyone I meet.” This has guided him in building collaborative and winning team cultures wherever he has had the opportunity to lead.

 

Mark held several leadership positions throughout his career, including Interim CEO & Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society, where in 2016 -2017 he was instrumental in leading a major organizational restructure, and also played a role in the Society’s merger with Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation where he had previously overseen Fundraising and Marketing nationally. He also previously served as a senior fundraiser in National Gifts for Special Olympics Canada Foundation and in a senior corporate fundraising role at the National Arts Centre. His first fundraising job was as a 26 year-old, as the inaugural Managing Director of Prince County Hospital Foundation in Summerside, PEI.

 

Mark has also served in various senior volunteer roles at the Association of Health Care Philanthropy (AHP) and Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and co-founded AFP D3: Debate. Debunk. Delight, a forum for charity executives. He is also a frequent speaker at corporate and charity conferences.

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