40 Under 40

Nathania Fung

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
Vancouver, BC

Why is a 40 under 40 winner

  1. She increased VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation’s overall online giving revenue from $588,000 to $807,000 and increased the number of online donors from 1,955 to 3,188.
  2. She was responsible for a $2.5 million budget and managed 150 volunteers for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
  3. Nathania increased community engagement and revenue in VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation’s annual year end Angel Campaign from $400,000 to over $700,000 annually.
  4. She successfully increased donor engagement and revenue in VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation’s mid-level giving program.

Q & A

  1. How did you get into health care philanthropy?

    I started my career as a human resources professional, with a background in sales and event planning. After an incredible experience working with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, I knew that I wanted to continue working with volunteers in a non-profit environment. After an interview for a volunteer management position, the hiring manager reached out to me about a fundraising position and that’s how it all started!

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

    Every day, I feel inspired by the people who work in health care and the health care innovations that philanthropy makes possible. From the aspirations and accomplishments of world-class clinicians and researchers to the compassion and care of front line service providers, I know that donors trust us to ensure that their donations are making a long-lasting impact in the community. I’m proud that I’m able to connect donors to funding opportunities that align with their vision and values.

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

    “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – credited to Roman philosopher, Seneca, and talk show host, Oprah Winfrey

    I’ve always thought that I was just a lucky person, who’s fortunate to be surrounded by amazing individuals. Then a good friend shared this quote with me and I came to realize that there are three keys to success: surrounding yourself with good people, being prepared for any and all situations, and always keeping an open mind—this way, you are the creator of your own luck and, ultimately, your success.

  4. What is your greatest passion and why?

    I am passionate about education and professional development. I find it most fulfilling when I can support someone else in achieving their goals. There is something wonderful about celebrating successes with someone who realizes their potential. I believe that the best thing that we can do as human beings is to build each other up, because the stronger others are, the stronger we are together.

  5. What are your future aspirations?
  6. In my future, I see myself in a senior leadership position where my team and I are thriving in a happy and healthy workplace that values our talents, skills, and experience while giving us the opportunity to align our passions with our work.

Nathania Fung

Fun Fact:

Outside of work, I love to cook a good meal and spend time with my family and pets. My rescue dog from Taiwan is especially thrilled that I enjoy cooking because he gets to devour two homecooked meals a day!