HFHS Announces Senior Vice President of Philanthropy

August 28, 2014

DETROIT - Peggy Burns of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts has been selected as the new Senior Vice President of Philanthropy for Henry Ford Health System.

She joins Henry Ford on Nov. 3.

Burns, 54, currently serves as the Assistant Dean for the college.

At Henry Ford, Burns will oversee all Henry Ford Health System philanthropic activities which includes annual, major and planned giving; regional giving; corporate partnerships; foundation relations; grant writing specialists; special and community events; donor services; research and alumni relations.

In her 14 years at U-M, she created a culture of giving and engagement for the nation’s preeminent public liberal arts college. Under her leadership, her team raised more than $850 million and tripled the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts’ endowment.

Burns has delivered some of the largest gifts in U-M history, including a $50 million naming gift for the Helen Zell Writers’ Program.

Additionally, Burns increased production revenue five-fold, generating more than $100 million annually. She successfully launched the Michigan Difference Campaign for the college, raising $350 million. Additionally, she launched The Victors Campaign last fall and has already raised 70 percent of the college’s $400 million campaign goal.

Burns currently is responsible for all fundraising, marketing, communications, student recruitment and scholarships, and web services for the college’s 70 departments and programs. She manages a staff of more than 70 employees.

She is a graduate of the University of Colorado. Burns is active in the Ann Arbor community and has served on numerous boards. She’s also a member of the Friends of the Point Betsie Lighthouse Board.

Burns replaces Jon Fitzgerald who left for a position in New Jersey.