Lucy Morillo, Esq. ends a transformational era at Miami Children's Health Foundation

To focus on her career as a business executive specializing on philanthropic and governance counsel

MIAMI, October 26, 2016 – Seasoned attorney, fundraising expert and business executive Lucy Morillo, President and CEO of the Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCHF) has formally announced today the end of her 10 year tenure at the Foundation. Since joining MCH Foundation, Morillo has been instrumental in increasing the attention to the hospital’s world-renowned facilities and steadily increasing its annual fundraising revenue from $4 million in 2007 to $71.5 million in 2015. Morillo recently led a successful capital campaign called Together For The Children, the campaign for Miami Children’s.  This is the largest campaign in MCHF’s history. Her efforts have gained our Foundation and hospital local and national recognition, which have contributed to the success of the campaign. The original fundraising capital goal of $150 million was surpassed.

Morillo explained that she would now be focusing her career as a strategist specializing in the areas of non-for-profit management, philanthropy and governance. Morillo has more than 20 years of expertise in transformational fundraising, governance, and deep experience in billion dollar-plus comprehensive fundraising campaigns.

“Morillo has built upon the remarkable leadership and legacy of our founder Ambassador David M. Walters and has continued to move the organization forward in its mission of funding world-class care for children in our community and beyond,” said Marile Lopez, Board Chair of Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “As a true professional caring for our mission, Morillo has been of great support in the transition and her leadership will be greatly missed.”

Prior to her role at MCH Foundation, Morillo served as Executive Director of Estate and Gift Planning at the University of Miami, and was an integral part of the Momentum Campaign there, which surpassed the $1 billion mark ahead of schedule. Morillo began accruing capital campaign expertise during her tenure at Penn State, where she served as Director of Development for the Smeal College of Business Administration and was part of the university’s $1 billion Grand Destiny Campaign.  

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miami Children’s Health Foundation, the staff, physicians and volunteers for the trust they placed in me during these last 10 years. I have truly enjoyed the journey and I feel it is now time to explore new horizons," Morillo commented.

MCH Foundation will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary Diamond Ball on Saturday, October 29 at the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami. This event was conceptualized by Morillo during her first year and has become the Foundation’s signature event while garnishing great funding and awareness for the children’s hospital. It is fitting that this year’s celebration will serve as a farewell to Morillo’s term.

This year’s Diamond Ball will also serve as backdrop to honor the world-renowned virtuoso guitarist, singer, and composer Jose Feliciano by inducting him into our Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by MCH Foundation and each inductee has demonstrated a passionate commitment to ensure the health and happiness of children everywhere. Some of the past inductees during Morillo’s tenure include, Beyonce Knowles, Dwayne Wade, Gloria Gaynor, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Juanes, and most recently Armando Christian Perez “Pitbull”.

MCH Foundation is the fundraising arm of Miami Children's Health System and its flagship hospital Nicklaus Children's, established to support the creation of a world-class pediatric hospital so no child needs to leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care, MCH Foundation, has helped the 289-bed Nicklaus Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 740 attending physicians and over 220 pediatric subspecialists.


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