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Thomas J. Sullivan, CFRE, MS
Chief Philanthropy Officer and Vice President
Thomas J. Sullivan, CFRE, MS, joined the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) as chief philanthropy officer (CPO) and vice president on Aug. 15, 2016. He also serves as president and CEO of the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc. (UMBF).
As CPO, Sullivan leads the University’s central philanthropic operation and will be responsible for cultivating and stewarding principal and transformational gifts to UMB. He also will serve as key strategist and consultant to the deans and their development officers, and manage the UMBF.
A senior fundraising executive with particular expertise in advancement initiatives in health care and education, Sullivan has led or had an integral role in philanthropy programs that together have yielded nearly $1 billion in charitable investment. He was most recently senior vice president for philanthropy at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and president of the RIC Foundation, where he led a $300 million campaign to build a state-of-the-art hospital in downtown Chicago for Northwestern University’s top-ranked center in rehabilitative medicine and science.
His proudest project came as president of the Children’s Memorial Hospital Foundation from 2001 to 2013 when Sullivan was chief architect of a $600 million campaign to build the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. The campaign exceeded its goal, generating $675 million from more than 250,000 donors. It was among the largest fundraising totals ever achieved in pediatrics and included the first-ever $100 million gift to a pediatric institution. During his tenure at the foundation, Sullivan led a staff of 100 and raised more than $800 million in gifts.
Born in Olean, N.Y., and raised in Oklahoma, Sullivan is no stranger to Baltimore, having served as president of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Foundation from 1986 to 1993. He was vice president of philanthropy at Washington Hospital Center from 1993 to 2001, implementing a $25 million capital campaign.
In addition to his professional activities, Sullivan has served in a variety of volunteer capacities, including as chairman of the board of the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore in the early 1990s.
Sullivan earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Notre Dame and his Master of Science from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He and his wife, Kimberlee Yaskoski, a former vice president at Anne Arundel Medical Center, have five children and three grandkids.