Derek Groves is the President and Chief Development Officer of Essentia Health Foundation. He was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of the University of Toledo Foundation. 

Derek is also a certified fundraising executive and a certified organizational development practitioner. He has a Master of Science degree in Organizational Management, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • How Derek Groves met the relationship between Essentia Health and its 11 affiliated foundations across four states
  • What Derek did to identify opportunities and meld the foundations together to make things work 
  • Derek talks about how they managed the different brand identities and communicated with the leadership of each of the affiliated foundation 
  • How Derek made a team out of the affiliated foundations’ staff and how he made them elevate donor relationships
  • Derek talks about how he leads team members of different experience levels
  • How to apply principles of organizational management to the turnover of fundraisers in the philanthropy industry 
  • Derek talks about how to manage the career development expectations in a foundation
  • How to lead and merge development teams in different foundations

In this episode…

Foundations are always looking to merge in the philanthropy industry but they all face one big problem: how to get their different development staff to work together on the same mission. It becomes even more challenging if these affiliated foundations have to keep and maintain not just their staff but their brand identities and leadership positions as well. But Derek Groves of Essentia Health Foundation was able to overcome the seemingly impossible task. He now leads and mentors a group of different teams from 11 different foundations under one umbrella: Essentia Health. 

Tune in to this episode of Philanthropy212 as Penny Cowden, talks to Derek Groves of Essentia Health Foundation about how he was able to bring together 11 unique teams and made them work towards the same cause. Listen as Derek discusses and shares his insights on how he met the state of the relationships among the 11 foundations when he took over the reins, how he identified opportunities and meld the foundations to work together, and more. Stay tuned.

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This episode is brought to you by Philanthropy212,  a fundraising consulting company focused on helping not-for-profit organizations build sustainable practices and programs that raise more than just money. 

Philanthropy212’s founder, Penny Cowden, has 25 years of experience in the industry and has helped raise more than $100 million for non-profits such as PeaceHealth, Sisters of Charity, Inova Health System, Banner Health System, and Sun Health.