Fred Najjar

Executive Vice President, Philanthropy

Chief Philanthropy Officer

CommonSpirit Health

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Fred Najjar serves as the executive vice president and chief philanthropy officer of the nation’s largest health system, CommonSpirit Health. Fred’s accountabilities include oversight of philanthropy of 83 fundraising foundations, which includes the fundraising foundations of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. He served with Dignity Health since 2011 where he was Dignity Health’s senior vice president of philanthropy, overseeing 29 fundraising foundations including the system-wide Dignity Health Foundation.

Fred provides strategic vision, leadership, and direction to ensure philanthropic support of programs and services.  He also plays a consultative role in the hiring, training, and development of leadership in the foundations, all while sharing best practices throughout the ministry.

Previously, Fred served as vice president for university advancement and chief executive officer of the Tower Foundation at San José State University (SJSU).  There, he oversaw alumni relations, advancement operations, marketing, communications, government, community relations, and public affairs. As vice president for university advancement and chief executive officer of the Tower Foundation, he led the university to unprecedented fundraising numbers and launched the first comprehensive campaign in school history. Under his leadership, SJSU was consistently in the top tier of fundraising universities in the 23-campus California State University system.  He has also served in executive positions at Arizona State University, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Virginia Tech University.

Fred is a thought leader in health care philanthropy, publishing articles and making frequent presentations on the subject to a variety of audiences.Currently, Fred serves as the vice chair for the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) board of directors. He also is a member of the AHP Certification Task Force, acts as a council lead for the AHP Content Advisory Council, and is a member of the AHP Health System Philanthropy Leadership Group (HSPLG).

A native of Virginia, he holds an undergraduate degree in public administration and a graduate degree in counseling and student personnel administration, both from Virginia Tech University. He has completed coursework toward a doctorate in organization and leadership at the University of San Francisco.