Foundation director named 'Outstanding Fundraising Executive'

Carla O’Malley, executive director and president of the Oakwood Healthcare Foundation, was honored recently for her long philanthropic career.

O’Malley received the John S. Lore Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award from The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Detroit Chapter at the 20th Annual National Philanthropy Day Dinner, which took place Thursday, November 17.

Each year, the Dr. John S. Lore Award for Outstanding Fundraising Executive is presented to a fundraising executive who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner. The recipient must have 10 years of professional fundraising experience, evidence of quality of leadership, and a commitment to fundraising and philanthropy through volunteer service and financial support of non-profit organizations.

Renee J. Lewis, Executive Director of the AFP, said O’Malley is all that, and more.

“Her unique blend of business, clinical, and fundraising experience gives her a broad-based perspective and has helped her to successfully build a culture of philanthropy throughout Oakwood’s Foundation and the Oakwood Healthcare System,” she said.

O’Malley has worked for the Oakwood Healthcare System for more than 30 years. She’s served as president and executive director of the Oakwood Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the healthcare stem, for 13 years. During that time, she has successfully engaged and inspired Oakwood’s executives, physicians, employees and volunteer teams to work together and generate nearly $100 million for capital projects, vital programs, community outreach initiatives and endowment funds.

She also mentors graduates from the University of Michigan and has created an internship program at the Foundation with the purpose of introducing highly skilled recent graduates to the development profession.

“She is a most deserving recipient of this award,” said Lewis.

Every November National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is observed by 200+ AFP Chapters across the country to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy and those people active in the philanthropic community. For more information on the Oakwood Healthcare Foundation, visit For more information on NPD and AFP Greater Detroit Chapter, visit