Carolyn Higgins


Carolyn Higgins brings to Accordant Philanthropy® a wealth of experience in raising philanthropic support for health care organizations. Twenty of her nearly 30 years of experience in health care have been devoted specifically to health care philanthropy. In addition to her fund development proficiency, Carolyn also offers recruitment expertise, building a large network of connections with health care professionals throughout the United States.  Carolyn’s experience is an invaluable asset in executive searches, especially in recruitment focused on health care leadership.  Carolyn combines her experience in and understanding of human resources responsibilities with her health care philanthropy insight to lead agile search processes that are responsive to the needs of personnel leaders.

Carolyn currently serves as the President & Chief Fundraising Officer for Phoebe Putney Health System where she leads a team of philanthropy professionals raising philanthropic support for a 35-county region in southwest Georgia.  She has also successfully served as the Executive Director for the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Foundation (AdventHealth), Executive Director of the Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation, Director of Major Gifts for Gulfside Regional Hospice, Senior Development Officer for University Hospitals of Cleveland Ohio, Director of Development for Akron General Medical Center and for Lodi Community Hospital.  Carolyn is a seasoned and knowledgeable resource for health care philanthropy, from front line staff to executive leadership and enjoys applying her knowledge to help organizations of all sizes meet and exceed their goals.

Carolyn has completed a two-year fellowship with the Advisory Board Company in Healthcare Leadership and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).  She has also been a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) since 2000, was the former chapter president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Nature Coast Chapter, a member of the Georgia Association for Development Professionals, a member of the Georgia Hospital Association and is a Certified Lean Leader.  She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Akron in Ohio and received her undergraduate degree from Malone University in Canton, Ohio.