Kemp named as hospital foundation director |

Kemp named as hospital foundation director

Bill Kemp has a mission. Recently hired as the Executive Director of the Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundation, Kemp is in charge of fund-raising for the Tahoe Forest Hospital.

Fortunately for patients, hospital staff and all members of the Truckee community, Kemp is well prepared. He brings 20 years of experience working with non-profit organizations, 18 in fund-raising, to his new position.

With only two full-time employees at the Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundation, Kemp has a big job ahead of him. However, he looks forward to the “opportunity to take a small foundation, put it on a firm base and grow it.”

Raised in Portland, Ore., Kemp moved his family to Tahoe Vista in November 1999 to escape the Northwest’s wet weather and to live in the natural beauty of the Tahoe area. Since then, he has worked for a number of different organizations in this region including the League to Save Lake Tahoe and the University of Nevada, Reno.

On the job for almost two months now, Kemp has begun setting up the basic infrastructure that will allow the Hospital Foundation to raise money in support of the hospital’s programming and capital improvement needs.

It has been 10 years since the Foundation has had an Executive Director, and according to Kemp, many of the best practices in fund-raising have changed in that time. Technology has come to play an increased role in fund-raising efforts, and one of Kemp’s first tasks will be to set up a database to help coordinate the hospital staff’s fund-raising efforts across the board.

While Kemp will be the man in charge of raising money for hospital programs, he doesn’t envision having a role in deciding which programs get funded. “It’s not my job as Executive Director to determine what the hospital’s needs are. It’s the hospital’s job.”

According to Kemp, studies of fundraising efforts have shown that around 85 percent of the money raised in support of non-profits is donated by individuals, with 9 percent coming from foundations and approximately 6 percent coming from corporations. Those statistics have already inspired Kemp to think about the need for a hospital-wide planned giving program.

Though this will be Kemp’s first time raising money for a hospital, he has a strong grasp of the fund-raising possibilities in this area. He plans to ensure that the Tahoe Forest Hospital has the funding it needs to continue serving the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities with quality medical care.

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