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 the healthcare philanthropy community. The award is in the name of Harold J. (Si) Seymour, one of the trailblazers in the world of philanthropy. He 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 the dogma of philanthropic fundraising to this day.

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 their career
  • Be a successful fundraiser, demonstrated by documented dollars raised
  • Embody 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 for the 2021 AHP Si Seymour Award are closed. Look for an announcement of the 2021 recipient later this fall.

Meet James F. Quinn, CFRE, the 2020 AHP Si Seymour Award recipient!

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James Quinn is an award-winning, 35-year fundraising veteran who established the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center, after serving as a consultant leading Morristown Medical Center’s New Era of Excellence Campaign. His dedication to healthcare philanthropy, commitment to excellence, a track record of raising over $245M, collegiality, and leadership set him apart as a remarkable leader who has raised the bar.

Quinn has exhibited deep loyalty and commitment to three organizations throughout his 43-year career—Montclair State University, Brakeley John Price Jones, and Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center. He started in development at Montclair State University in New Jersey where he served as the first graduate intern in the alumni office and started the College’s first student phone-a-thon. From there he joined Brakeley John Price Jones  where he served as a program director for three clients: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boy Scouts of America (Greater New York Councils), and Morristown Medical Center. His 31-year tenure as CDO at Morristown has seen the Medical Center grow from a community hospital into a 735-bed tertiary care center, winning significant national recognition. His stewardship of community leadership has contributed significantly to this excellence and reputation. The Foundation has been a pioneer in capital campaigns, strategic planning, board development, research initiatives, and adopting new technology. Quinn never hesitates to share information with colleagues, nor does he hesitate to reach out and seek new ideas.

Quinn has led six major groundbreaking campaigns at Morristown: raising $28M in two campaigns to build and later expand the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, $30M to establish the Goryeb Children's Hospital, and $45M to erect the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute. He also conceived of and led Campaign 3SIXTY, an unprecedented five-year, $106 million comprehensive campaign engaging all service lines and clinical staff across the medical center. Most recently, Quinn led the $38.5M "Growing Forward" campaign to reinforce initial investments in the Cancer, Heart, and Children's Centers of Excellence. His efforts led to the Foundation's recognition as an AHP High Performer in 2018.

He is involved in and has been recognized by numerous organizations in his personal and professional life. He has actively participated in AHP for 31 years serving on more than a dozen committees, the board of directors, and as a faculty member and speaker. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and received the 2001 Robert Smythe Award as Outstanding Professional Fundraiser. He has published several articles in the field of philanthropy and has presented throughout the country. Quinn currently serves on the Board of the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey.


Previous Si Seymour Award Winners

  • 1970

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  • 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

  • 2019