What is your role at Monash Health and what does it entail?
I have just been appointed as the Head of Donor Relations, Monash Health Foundation. My team looks after everything from community fundraising, events, donor relations, corporate and community partnerships, communications and lots more.
What has your journey been like at Monash Health?
I have worked on a couple of projects for Monash Health in 2016 and 2017 as a contractor, working specifically with the Foundation and the Public Affairs and Communications Teams. I officially joined the Foundation in January 2018 as a Fundraising Advisor.
What made you want to join the Foundation team?
As a professional fundraiser I personally want to only work for organisations I feel passionate about. Monash Health has such a wide reach into the community and really makes a difference in people’s lives.
We are so fortunate to have access to free public healthcare, but there will never be enough government funding to ensure that public services can meet the community demands and keep up with the latest technologies, to undertake all the research possible and ensure that we have the best of the best available to patients and that is where philanthropy comes in.
Our generous donors choose to support Monash Health because they believe in the organisation, my job is to make sure their donations are used appropriately, that they are appreciated and that they get to hear about the impact they have.
What major/new project or initiative is your team currently working on?
We are always working on something big, our Dandelion Wishes Gala is this week and is taking a lot of our focus, however there is lots more.
We are the Victorian partner of a soon to be launched national fundraising campaign and we are working on some exciting appeals for the Victorian Heart Hospital, Women’s Health and our new Emergency Department.
What is the most rewarding part of your role?
There are so many elements that are rewarding, the patients and their families who have received such wonderful medical care that they are inspired to either give a gift or ask their networks to give is pretty awesome and speaks volumes for Monash Health. We in the Foundation are invited to share those stories, we are responsible for ensuring that gift is honoured and continuing the relationship with the donor after and sometimes during their medical journey.
If you weren’t working in your current role what would you be doing?
I am passionate about improving our community, not just for people I know and love but for those who may not have a voice. If I was not here I would love to work for Victoria Police.
What is something that your team doesn’t know about you?
I really should give you a funny or quirky answer but the truth is that I am a fairly open book so there is not a lot they don’t know. If anyone outside of the Foundation would like to know more, buy me a coffee – skinny capp, 1 sugar (must be raw), I am happy to chat.