Westmont College, B.A.
David joins Marts & Lundy in February 2013 with 31 years of experience in philanthropy and marketing communications. He served 25 years of his career as a chief development and marketing communications officer, overseeing the completion of capital campaigns totaling $460 million and total gifts and commitments of more than $635 million.
In 1993, David joined Rady Children’s Hospital as Senior Vice President & Foundation Executive Director and was responsible for philanthropy programs and hospital-wide marketing communications. The hospital completed two comprehensive campaigns of $140 million and $220 million respectively during his tenure. In 2006, he led efforts to secure what was then the second largest gift to a children’s hospital in history—$60 million — which resulted in the naming of the hospital for the Rady family.
After nearly 19 years at Rady Children’s Hospital, David made the decision to move into a consultant role in order to assist a variety of organizations with their philanthropic endeavors. He founded David Gillig and Associates in July 2012. His interest in consulting and his passion for donor stewardship is what drew him to Marts & Lundy—and us to him.
Prior to his work at Rady, David served as Vice President of Development for Scripps Memorial Hospitals in La Jolla, California. There he produced and implemented the planning for The Fund for Greatness, the nation’s first $100 million capital campaign for a community hospital system. The Fund for Greatness surpassed goal a year early in 1993, the same year he became Senior Vice President of the newly formed Scripps Foundation for Medicine & Science.
He began his career at The Rehabilitation Institute of Santa Barbara as its first chief development officer. He designed and initiated a start-up development program and secured the institution’s first seven-figure gift to launch a capital campaign.
David became a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP) in 1991. Since 1999 he has served as faculty of the AHP Institute for Healthcare Philanthropy at the University of Wisconsin and as Dean of Fundraising Management for the last 12 years. He was one of the early leaders of the Woodmark Group, for which he served as founder and chair of the benchmarking program, chair of the North American Philanthropy Forum and chair of the board of directors. He also has served on the board of directors of AHP and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Partial List of Clients Served
San Diego Botanic Garden, CA
St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation, MO