Foundation President to Present Lecture on Fundraising Campaigns

Former WWU Vice President Featured at Colloquium

By: Rosa Jimenez

Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson, president of the Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation, will present a lecture, "Planning the Fundraising Campaign," at Walla Walla University on Thursday, Nov. 10.  The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 154 of the Chan Shun Pavilion.  

Johnson joined the Denver-based foundation in 2007, after serving as president and CEO of the Walla Walla General Hospital Foundation.

Prior to her work in healthcare, Johnson worked for 16 years as vice president for advancement at WWU. During her tenure at WWU, the university increased total philanthropic support from $3.3 million in to $11.1 million. Johnson led fundraising efforts for several major capital projects, among which included a new administration building, a new chemistry wing, a new engineering wing, and renovated facilities for the department of communications/languages. 

Johnson is president of the Milton Murray Foundation for Philanthropy.  She served for more than 15 years on the operating board of Philanthropic Services for Institutions in Silver Spring, Md. During her time in Walla Walla, she served on the board of Campfire USA. 

The presentation is a colloquium sponsored by the School of Business and the Department of Communication & Languages.  

“Every year we offer the fundraising class, we invite a special guest to the campus to share their experiences with students. Funds for the visit are provided by an endowment created by the class over the past two decades by Loren Dickinson,” says David Bullock, course professor. “Her talk will be of value to student contemplating careers with non-profit organizations and also for fundraising professionals in the area.”

The event is free and open to the public. 

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