Bill Mountcastle is the founder and president of Health Giving. He has more than two decades of experience in fundraising, rising to senior leadership positions at leading multi-specialty academic medical centers and research universities with sophisticated and successful development programs. He is an author and wrote the chapter on healthcare capital campaigns for the 2014 book, Redefining Healthcare Philanthropy, from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. His first full book, Fundraising for Hospitals: Value-Based Healthcare Philanthropy, from publisher Charity Channel Press, was published in June 2017. Bill has been an active member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy International and served as chair of AHP’s Affiliate Member Advisory Council from November 2019 to March 2020. He currently serves as president of the board of trustees for the Ohio Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.
Before founding Health Giving, Bill served as senior associate vice president of development at The Ohio State University. As the chief development officer for the University’s Wexner Medical Center and seven health science colleges, he oversaw fundraising activities for all aspects of one of the most comprehensive university health science complexes in the nation. Prior to joining Ohio State, he was vice president of institutional relations and development at University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, Ohio. In this role, he was also the principal campaign manager for the $1 billion Discover the Difference: The Campaign for University Hospitals, the capital campaign in support of the most comprehensive expansion in the health system’s history. He also previously had a successful career at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, rising to senior director of development for the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center.
A graduate of the Muskingum University (BA) and Cleveland State University, Levin College of Urban Affairs (MPA), Mountcastle has served on the boards of community organizations including, the Center for Community Solutions, Circle Health Services, Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio, Children’s Museum of Cleveland, and Lorain County Habitat for Humanity.
Laura Jo Hawk is a veteran nonprofit fundraising professional with two decades of experience leading the health care philanthropic efforts of several major northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations, including Coleman Professional Services, the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital Foundation, the Sisters of Charity Mercy Medical Center Development Foundation in Canton, and the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation. She currently serves her alma mater Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio leading fundraising efforts. Laura Jo holds a master’s degree in Business Management from Walsh University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron, and has achieved certification in fundraising management from the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy. She is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northeast Ohio chapter, a cabinet member for Leave a Legacy Summit, Portage and Medina counties, a past board member of the Ohio Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, and a graduate of Leadership Stark County’s 22nd Signature Class.
Sarah Thress has more than a decade of fund development experience in both small and large organizations serving healthcare and higher education. Her past experiences in healthcare philanthropy include serving as Director of Philanthropy for OhioHealth’s Grant Medical Center and Associate Director of Development at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, focusing on major giving for the medical center in the areas of diabetes, transplant, and regenerative medicine. At OhioHealth, Sarah helped spearhead a medical respite for patients experiencing homelessness and helped start a food pharmacy to assist patients experiencing food insecurity. As a volunteer she currently serves as the president Hilliard Education Foundation. She is also a successful Columbus realtor. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University.
Jennifer Wood is a seasoned major gifts and campaign fundraiser and her significant tenure in the non-profit environment has given her a thorough understanding of the client support required to produce healthy philanthropic results.
Most recently, Jennifer served as Director of Development and Major Gifts at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, and previously held posts at CASA of Franklin County and The Childhood League Center. A central Ohio non-profit veteran, Jennifer has also worked for the Ohio Historical Society, Columbus School for Girls, and a seven-year stint as Promotions Manager for PBS.
An experienced creative voice, Jennifer crafts meaningful communications for use in a wide range of platforms, including speeches, client/patient stories, grants, solicitations, thank pieces, and social media posts.
Jennifer is a graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Journalism and a minor in Spanish. She is a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
With more than 17 years’ experience in nonprofit development roles, Diane has led or participated in the full scope of fundraising activities, from assessment, campaign planning, and message positioning to data administration, program development, event production, and direct appeals. Her tactical style results in comprehensive, donor-focused plans that aim to accomplish specific and measurable goals. A talented writer and storyteller, Diane crafts meaningful communications for use in a wide range of platforms, including speeches, grants, program plans, impact reports, and social media. Her time in advancement offices—both well-staffed and as a one-woman operation—has given her a thorough understanding of the foundation and functions necessary to produce successful philanthropic results.
Diane held leadership roles at several health- or healthcare-focused organizations, including The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, where she served as Director of Development, Community Partners & Events; Columbus Speech & Hearing Center serving as Director of Development; and the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus as Assistant Director of Financial Development. Diane is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.A. in English Literature and is a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.
Ralph provides counsel to Health Giving as an adjunct consultant. He brings substantial executive experience as a healthcare fundraising leader. He recently retired as executive director of the Adena Health Foundation after serving 15 years in the leadership role. He led many successful capital project campaigns and major gift fundraising efforts for Adena including the successful capital campaign to build the PACCAR Medical Education Center at Adena Health.
Prior to Adena Health, Ralph served as director of sponsored programs at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He also served as director of program development and administration for The Ohio State University Research Foundation. Ralph has been a prominent figure in the non-profit field, and is affiliated with numerous professional organizations including the Ohio Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, having served on its board.
Dr. Jack Licate brings significant executive experience as a healthcare advancement leader. He provides counsel to Health Giving as an adjunct consultant. Licate served the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as vice chairman and interim chairman of its Division of Institutional Relations and Development from 1994-2004.
He has spearheaded public-private sector advocacy campaigns at the state and federal levels, bringing Cleveland over $1.6 billion in new environmental, science/technology, research and development, and infrastructure funds. Since his retirement from the Cleveland Clinic, Licate founded Jack A. Licate & Associates and has provided fundraising counsel to a number of national and international nonprofit organizations.
We wanted a logo that will be a representation of our mission and values.
The block “H” is a very recognizable symbol, often seen in modest white on a blue road sign indicating the location of the nearest hospital. This familiar symbol is a promise that not far away is a group of people ready to heal anyone who walks through their doors when people need it most.
Relatedly, the “H” of our logo symbolizes the word health in our company name and it embodies that long tradition of service to address the health needs of communities. Look a litter closer and you’ll see there’s more to it. The simple shape indicates an outstretched arm of a human form reaching out to a fellow human. It visually conveys the aspirations of Health Giving - to reach out a hand to lift someone else up.
We help organizations to reach out to individuals and their communities to build awareness of the importance of philanthropy that supports health and healthy communities. We are committed to making The Meaning of Our Logo.
Health Giving's mission is to create healthy philanthropic results, provide solutions, and deliver cost-effective and innovative professional services for our clients - nonprofit healthcare organizations that serve society and their individual communities.
We are committed to our shared values:
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