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Philanthropy executive director keynotes AFP chapter meeting

Loma Linda University Medical Center executive director of philanthropy Patti Cotton Pettis was the guest speaker at the October meeting of the Inland Empire chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Ms. Pettis spoke on “Strategic Planning and Its Importance in Raising Funds” at the chapter’s October 23 meeting held in Ontario.

Ms. Pettis addressed the importance of strategic planning and its effects on building programs, consensus, accountability, and ownership. She followed her presentation with a panel for discussion, consisting of philanthropy team members Marilyn Thomsen, Tiffany Hoekstra, Mindy Morrell, Eric Ewing, and Joanna DeLeon.

Founded in 1986, the Inland Empire chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is based in Claremont and serves the Inland Empire, Coachella Valley, high desert, mountain communities, Pomona Valley, and San Gabriel Valley areas.

As executive director of philanthropy for Loma Linda University Medical Center, Ms. Pettis is responsible for the fundraising activities of the four hospitals in the LLUAHSC system.

Current initiatives include building a development program for the Behavioral Medicine Center and overseeing campaigns and volunteer support for the East Campus, the Proton Treatment Center, the International Heart Institute, and Children’s Hospital.

By Richard Weismeyer

TODAY news for Thursday, November 2, 2006