In her new role, Gifford will be responsible for increasing philanthropic support for Metro Health by seeking special and planned gifts. She will develop and enhance relationships with current and potential donors in support of major programs and projects of Metro Health. . She will also develop, implement and manage stewardship efforts to complement special and planned gift efforts.
Prior to joining Metro Health, Gifford served as donor relations manager for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She was responsible for developing and securing new relationships with community leaders, corporations and foundations, as well as strengthening established donor relationships. Additionally, Gifford brings leadership expertise through her relationship management experience at Coldwell Banker and Excel Telecommunications.
Active in the community, she has volunteered her time with the MSU Alumni Club, MSU Means Business, Catherine's Health Center, Mel Trotter Mission, In the Image, Gilda's Club, Lowell Wellness Committee, Lowell Pink Arrow Project, Toys for Tots, God's Kitchen and Kids' Food Basket. She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan and Inforum.
She holds a bachelor of arts magna cum laude from Aquinas College.
A native of Grand Rapids, she resides in Jenison with her children.
About Metro Health Hospital Foundation
The Metro Health Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of West Michigan through its support of Metro Health, an award-winning leader in community healthcare. The Foundation funds a wide variety of programs and services, such as buying books for the Cancer Center’s library, providing special computers for ventilator-dependent patients, supporting the popular Metro Health Farm Market and providing diapers, car seats and other baby supplies for low-income families. The Foundation’s support of Metro Health allows individuals, employees, organizations and businesses to contribute funds that help families cope with catastrophic illnesses, provide life-saving education and screenings and improve overall patient care. For more information, visit www.metrohealth.net/