Penny Cowden

Better Together: How 11 Foundations Became a High Performing Team with Derek Groves of Essentia Health Foundation

Better Together: How 11 Foundations Became a High Performing Team with Derek Groves of Essentia Health Foundation

Derek Groves is the President and Chief Development Officer of Essentia Health Foundation. He was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of the University of Toledo Foundation.  Derek is also a certified fundraising executive and a certified organizational development practitioner. He has a Master of Science degree in Organizational Management, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. In this episode… Foundations are always looking to merge in the philanthropy industry but they all face one big problem: how to get their different development staff to work together on the same mission. It becomes even more challenging if these affiliated foundations have to keep and maintain not just their staff but their brand identities and leadership positions as well. But Derek Groves of Essentia Health Foundation was able to overcome the seemingly impossible task. He now leads and mentors a group of different teams from 11 different foundations under one umbrella: Essentia Health.  Tune in to this episode of Philanthropy212 as Penny Cowden, talks to Derek Groves of Essentia Health Foundation about how he was able to bring together 11 unique teams and made them work towards the same cause. Listen as Derek discusses and shares his insights on how he met the state of the relationships among the 11 foundations when he took over the reins, how he identified opportunities and meld the foundations to work together, and more. Stay tuned.

Duration: 34 min

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