2018 40 Under 40 Winners

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Jillian Payne

Loma Linda University Health
Loma Linda, CA

Why is a 40 under 40 winner

  1. In her first year as Assistant Vice President in 2016, the Philanthropy shop raised over $46 million dollars- a $13 million increase over the previous year.
  2. She was nominated in 2018 for Philanthropy Professional of the Year with the Inland Empire Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals
  3. She led the effort for the Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala to break the $1 million fundraising barrier. In 2018 the Gala broke $2 million for the first time.
  4. She has been a presenter at CASE conferences.

Q & A

  1. How did you get into health care philanthropy?

    I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in the not-for-profit sector. I was blessed to get started at Ronald McDonald House and then transitioned to Loma Linda University Health through my relationships at the hospital. Both organizations have reinforced the critical role philanthropy plays at one of the most fragile moments of people’s lives.

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

    It only takes one moment of seeing a mother or father at the bedside of their critically-ill child to change your perspective forever. A person’s health is a gift that can be lost so quickly and without explanation.  The opportunity to stand in the gap of such a needed resource has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. Even on my toughest days at work, I feel such intense gratitude for the privilege of being a professional in health care philanthropy.

  3. What has been the #1 factor in your career success so far?

    Listening. Be it a donor, a colleague, or a patient—there is no point in taking action unless you have heard from the hearts you want to support. Once you have a handle on the story, take action finding a way for the donor, the colleague, or the patient to be part of the solution.

  4. What is your greatest passion and why?

    Even before I was a mother, encouraging young women to achieve and believe in themselves has been a significant driver for me. I find so much joy in helping girls see the incredible potential they possess within. The blessing of two daughters has been a life-changing opportunity to do this every day.

  5. What are your future aspirations?
  6. I aspire to continue to grow and learn in the field of philanthropy. This vital work has become a huge part of who I am. When I think about the future, it is hard to imagine doing anything more rewarding than connecting people who have resources to give with those who need those resources so desperately. Philanthropy is a calling no matter what role you play in making it happen.

Jillian Payne

Fun Fact:

Jillian is the proud mother of two redheaded ballerinas.