Harold J. (Si) Seymour Award

"Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present, and keep the promise to posterity." – Harold J. Seymour

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About the Award

The association's highest honor, the AHP Si Seymour Award, recognizes distinguished leadership in association affairs and in the healthcare philanthropy community. The award is in the name of Harold J. (Si) Seymour, one of the trailblazers in the world of philanthropy who fostered and promoted exemplary standards of excellence for volunteerism and philanthropic support. His career spanned a half-century of fundraising on behalf of many worthy causes, from the National War Fund during World War II and Harvard University to youth groups, educational institutions, health organizations and numerous community service projects. Seymour’s book, Designs for Fundraising, published in 1966 is regarded as a bible of philanthropic fundraising to this day.

Every year since 1970, AHP presents its prestigious Harold J. (Si) Seymour Award to development professionals whose careers reflect excellence and outstanding leadership in healthcare philanthropy. This award is given annually and presented each year at the AHP International Conference.

Award Criteria 

The Award Committee uses six criteria in determining the winner. The candidate should:

  • Be a member in good standing, or a representative of a member firm in good standing, who has maintained development professional membership for a minimum of 10 years during his or her career
  • Be a successful fund raiser, demonstrated by documented dollars raised
  • Have a statesmanlike quality, embodying the recognized traits of leadership in our profession
  • Represent the profession well to other professionals and to the candidate's community
  • Have made continuing contributions to the association by holding office, publishing articles, teaching at conferences, etc.
  • Have improved in some way the level of professionalism in the association 


The 2020 Si Seymour Award nomination period has closed. Look for the 2020 recipient to be announced later this summer.

Meet David L. Flood, the 2019 AHP Si Seymour Award recipient!

David Flood Si Seymour

David L. Flood serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Intermountain Healthcare, one of the nation’s preeminent healthcare delivery systems based in Salt Lake City, Utah, while also serving as President of the Intermountain Foundation. As a member of Intermountain’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT) collectively providing strategic direction to the system, he is responsible for the direction and oversight of the Intermountain Foundation, a comprehensive healthcare fundraising network designed to effectively meet the philanthropic and research needs of Intermountain’s 23 hospitals and related healthcare services.

Prior to his arrival at Intermountain in 2013, Dave held leadership roles within healthcare and education, most recently as President of the Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations in New Jersey.

Dave is involved in, and has been recognized by numerous organizations in his personal and professional life ranging from local to international in scope. He recently served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), where he currently serves as a member of the Board.  He has previously been named New Jersey’s Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He has been invited to present to numerous professional groups within and outside of the U.S. on the role of philanthropy and not for profit governance, including having served as the opening keynote speaker at the Healthcare Philanthropy Congress in Frankfurt, Germany.

He was born and raised in New Jersey, attended Seton Hall Prep where he currently serves on the school’s Board of Trustees, and received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Seton Hall University, where he similarly serves on the university’s Board of Regents. He and his wife, Karen, are the proud parents of four children and reside in Salt Lake City.

Previous Si Seymour Award Winners

  • 1970

  • 1974

  • 1975

  • 1976

  • 1977

  • 1978

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  • 1981

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  • 1993

  • 1994

  • 1995

  • 1996

  • 1997

  • 1998

  • 1999

  • 2000

  • 2000 - Second Recepient

  • 2001

  • 2002

  • 2003

  • 2004

  • 2005

  • 2006

  • 2007

  • 2008

  • 2009

  • 2010

  • 2011

  • 2011 - Second Recipient

  • 2012

  • 2013

  • 2014

  • 2015

  • 2016

  • 2017

  • 2018