Peggy Burns

Senior Vice President of Philanthropy
Henry Ford Health System

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Peggy Burns is the Senior Vice President for Philanthropy for the Henry Ford Health System. She joined Henry Ford in November of 2014. Peggy and her Philanthropy team focus on telling stories that share the power of health care and engage donors in partnerships to advance research innovation, to improve the human condition and to positively transform lives.

Prior to joining Henry Ford, Peggy spent fourteen years at the University of Michigan where she was the Assistant Dean for Advancement in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). LSA is the largest college at UM with over 250,000 alumni and 18,000 students. In that role she led the office of Development, Marketing, and Communications. By integrating development and marketing, Burns increased gift production from $10M per year to over $130M per year. Under her leadership, LSA raised close to $1B and increased the endowment three fold.

Peggy delivered some of the largest gifts in UM history including $56M for the Helen Zell Writers’ Program, $25M for the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracy, and $15M for the Kessler Presidential Scholars Program. In addition, she raised eight figure gifts for a dozen named centers and institutes including the Nam Center for Korean Studies, the Newnan Center of Academic Advising, The Eisenberg History Institute and the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Sciences.

Peggy spent 15 years with the Xerox Corporation where she held numerous sales and marketing positions in Hartford, CT and in Denver, CO. She was the Marketing Director for the Mountain States Region and Marketing Director for Graphic Arts, the largest national revenue producing segment in the company. Burns achieved 10 President’s Club recognition awards for her sales and marketing efforts and was consistently recognized among the top performers in the country.

Peggy has served on numerous local and community boards. She currently serves on the CATCH Board, The Prison Creative Arts Project Board and the Point Betsie Lighthouse Board. She and her husband live in Ann Arbor, MI. Their two children attend the University of Michigan.