On October 28, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) bestowed its most prestigious honor on David Gillig: the Si Seymour Award. David received the award at the AHP International Conference in Chicago.
Named for Harold J. (Si) Seymour, a legend in the field of philanthropy, the Award recognizes development professionals whose careers exemplify excellence and outstanding leadership in healthcare philanthropy.
David joined Marts & Lundy in 2013 as a senior consultant and principal, and in January 2016 was elected to our board of directors.
In the 1980s, David distinguished himself as an early leader in the emerging field of multi-hospital healthcare system development. He directed the first $100-million campaign for a community hospital system in the U.S., as vice president of the Scripps Memorial Hospitals Foundation and later as senior vice president of the Scripps Foundation for Medicine and Science.
In 1993 David began his nearly 20 years of service to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, as senior vice president for development and marketing communications, and executive director of the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation. Leading two comprehensive campaigns there, David’s tenure was characterized by developing deep relationships with philanthropists, highlighted by securing the initial $60-million gift that resulted in the hospital being named for the Rady family.
Throughout his career, David has been a civic and professional leader, giving back to his community and mentoring aspiring practitioners. He has been actively involved with AHP’s Madison Institute for more than 15 years, serving most of that time as dean of the Fundraising Management track. David was one of the early leaders of the Woodmark Group, a consortium of North America’s leading children’s hospitals, for which he served as chair of the board of directors. He also served on the board of directors of AHP and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.