2020 40 Under 40 Winners

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Erin Culp, CFRE

Kettering Medical Center Foundation
Kettering, OH

Why is a 40 under 40 winner

  • During a six-month transition of executive leadership at Kettering Medical Center Foundation in 2020, Erin’s management role expanded so that the entire 11-person staff reported directly to her. During that time period, the foundation was understaffed by 30%, but thanks in large part to Erin's leadership and focus on high-ROI activities, the organization met its fundraising goals while also retaining all of its staff.
  • Over her six years at the Kettering Medical Center , Erin has raised more than $5.3 million in major and planned gifts as the primary gift officer, and another $1.2 million in major and planned gifts that she has collaborated with other gift officers to secure.
  • Erin was recruited to KMC Foundation in order to create its major gifts program. Over its 2.5 years in existence, the program has raised more than $6.1 million in major and planned gifts, growing its fundraising production by more than 100% each year. During that time, the program expanded from no formal prospects under management and zero gift officers to more than 250 prospects in portfolio with three full-time gift officers. 

Q & A

1. How did you get into healthcare philanthropy?

I got into healthcare philanthropy when in my former role with CCS Fundraising I was assigned to a healthcare client.

2. Why did you choose to make healthcare philanthropy your career?

I have chosen healthcare philanthropy as my career because it's the ideal way to have an impact on individuals and the community. We partner with donors to fund programs and equipment with a broad scopetouching tens of thousands of patients, families, and caregivers each year. For each of those individuals, what we funded may save their life, help their healing process, ease their suffering, or allow them to provide better care for others. What a tremendous mission to work for every day.

3. Tell us about a pivot point or crucial step in your career journey.

I served in the U.S. Peace Corps for three years in the Republic of Moldova. Through that experience, I discovered a passion for working with nonprofits that ultimately led to my career in fundraising.

4. What was your first job, and what is something it taught you?

Aside from babysitting, my first job was working for the computer help desk during college. It was a customer service role, answering phones and helping faculty troubleshoot computer issues. I learned patience, the value of politeness, and that a surprising number of technical problems are solved by restarting the computer.

5. What are your future aspirations?

I don't have specific future aspirations. I'm always looking for ways to continue to hone my skills, deepen my knowledge, and grow professionally.

Find Erin on LinkedIn.

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Fun Fact:

I'm a dedicated runner. Last year I completed my first full marathon.

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