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

The association's highest honor, the AHP Si Seymour Award, recognizes distinguished leadership in association affairs and in the health care 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 health care 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 

Nominations from 2017 may be rolled over to 2018. Thereafter, nominations will not be rolled over and will only be considered for the year they are submitted. Nominations are due May 29, 2018. 

Si Seymour Rating
Please note that the weighting scale has changed. Please see the nomination form for the new weighting scale.

Congratulations to William S. Littlejohn, the 2017 Si Seymour Award Recipient!


Bill Littlejohn, senior vice president and CEO of Sharp HealthCare Foundation, is one of the nation's leading health care philanthropy professionals. With more than three decades of experience, Bill has led and directed philanthropic programs that have generated more than half a billion dollars.

He oversees the entire philanthropic program for Sharp, San Diego's largest health care provider and recipient of the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Under his leadership, Sharp has generated $275 million in philanthropy and recently completed INSPIRE: The Sharp HealthCare Campaign for Excellence which raised over $100 million across nearly two dozen initiatives. 

Previous Seymour Award Winners

  • 1970

  • 1974

  • 1975

  • 1976

  • 1977

  • 1978

  • 1979

  • 1980

  • 1981

  • 1982

  • 1983

  • 1984

  • 1985

  • 1986

  • 1987

  • 1988

  • 1989

  • 1990

  • 1991

  • 1992

  • 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