Friday, october 12, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Good Samaritan Hospital
1225 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Mosley-Salvatori Conference Center


The Power of Storytelling in Healthcare Philanthropy
Bill Littlejohn
CEO and Senior Vice President
Sharp Healthcare Foundation

Inspiration is the essence of philanthropy. For the last decade, Sharp HealthCare in San Diego has grown its philanthropy program through stories of inspired giving. From the first agenda item at Foundation Board meetings, to more than 50,000 Guardian Angel gifts in honor of caregivers – each with their own story – to the recently completed $100 million INSPIRE campaign; donors, caregivers and volunteers have inspired countless others through their stories of generosity. Bill Littlejohn, CEO and Senior VP of Sharp HealthCare Foundation will share Sharp’s journey of inspired giving and the stories that have shaped it.


Bill LittlejohnBill Littlejohn is one of the nation’s leading health care philanthropy professionals. With more than three decades of experience, Littlejohn has led and directed philanthropic programs that have generated more than half a billion dollars. Littlejohn joined Sharp HealthCare in 2002 as senior vice president and chief executive officer of Sharp HealthCare Foundation. He oversees the entire philanthropic program for Sharp, and under his leadership, Sharp has generated $275 million in philanthropy and recently completed INSPIRE: The Sharp HealthCare Campaign for Excellence, which raised more than $100 million across nearly two dozen initiatives.

Littlejohn has consulted with and facilitated board retreats, conferences, site visits and presentations for hundreds of hospitals and health systems across the U.S., Canada and Germany. During 10 years of providing fundraising counsel, Littlejohn directed more than 40 projects, including capital campaigns, planning and feasibility studies, development audits and major gift programs.

Littlejohn is a 1980 graduate of the University of Virginia with a bachelor of arts degree in economics. He is a past chair of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP); received the 2017 Si Seymour Award, AHP’s highest recognition for professional development; received the 2015 Outstanding Leadership Award from the Southern California Association for Healthcare Development; is a charter advisor to The Advisory Board Company’s Philanthropy Leadership Council; is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; and served as chair of 2014’s AFP National Philanthropy Day in San Diego.

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