Toni Harper Dougherty

Vice President
Friends of Mercy Foundation

Toni Harper Dougherty joined Friends of Mercy Foundation staff as the senior director of philanthropy/major gifts and campaigns and then as the vice president of philanthropy. In this role, she serves as a liaison between patients, community members, physicians, hospital staff, and donors. Her responsibility is to raise awareness about the mission and outcomes of Friends of Mercy and to cultivate major gifts and connectedness to the hospital. Toni has been associated with Mercy Hospital for more than 25 years, as a volunteer, contract social worker, donor, and former foundation board member. 

Toni is a licensed clinical social worker by trade having worked in health care administration for more than a decade, including managed care, IPAs, TPAs, and ACOs in the commercial, Medicare and Medi-Cal markets.  Her focus is patient centered care through medical homes, care management, and behavioral health integration. She is honored to support excellence in patient care through the efforts of the Friends of Mercy Foundation.  

Toni received her bachelor of science in non-profit management from Arizona State University. She then studied at the Institute of Economic and Political Studies at Cambridge University in England; received her master’s in social work from Columbia University in New York City and then returned to ASU for her doctorate in behavioral health. 

Toni is a Bakersfield native who loves spending time with her family, especially outdoors.  Her passion is continuing education, traveling, running, and yoga.