2021 40 Under 40 Winners

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Colleen M. Fox, CFRE

Providence Health Care Foundation
Spokane, Washington

Why is a 40 under 40 winner

  • Colleen moved into the role of chief philanthropy officer in January 2020, leading the foundation through the COVID pandemic and laying the groundwork for a new campaign
  • She has been involved with many volunteer organizations in Spokane, including Chase Youth Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland NW, and the Spokane Junior League
  • Colleen and her team are on track for record-level annual fundraising in 2021 


Q & A

1. How did you get into healthcare philanthropy?

Working in philanthropy, I strongly believe it's imperative to work for causes that align with personal passion. I'd been in development for five years and was contemplating a career move, and the first place I looked was Sacred Heart Medical Center. They saved my life when my twins were born, took care of my kids for their first three weeks of their life in the NICU, and gave us years with my dad that we didn't expect to have when he was diagnosed with advanced heart failure. From my own experience, I knew how vital it was to have quality, compassionate health care in our community. I applied for the position and thankfully was hired, and I've been working for Providence ever since. 

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

My passion for healthcare philanthropy was ignited the first time I met with a grateful patient and started focusing more on grateful patient philanthropy. Being able to hear and receive a patient's gratitude and then convey it to our Caregivers on the frontline continues to be a driving motivator in my work. 

3. What piece of advice would you give aspiring 40 Under 40 recipients?

It's important to have goals, monitor key performance indicators, and hold yourself accountable. However, ultimately our success in philanthropy is determined by the quality of relationships we're able to develop. Be curious and be authentic.  

Fun Fact:

I have a MA degree in organizational leadership with a focus on change management, so the past 18 months of the pandemic have felt like a pop quiz from the universe!