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Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Names First Chief Development Officer

T. Christian Rollins, MBA, CFRE of Shamong has been appointed Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice’s first Chief Development Officer, announced President/CEO Mary Ann Boccolini, advancing the position from its previous director’s level.  “I’m looking forward to Chris’ expertise and experience as he leads our fundraising efforts which are so vital to achieving Samaritan’s long-range expansion goals,” said Boccolini.


Rollins came to fundraising as a volunteer, serving in a leadership role in the Development Council of Frederick Memorial Hospital, before subsequently serving as Executive Director of the Southern Regional Medical Center Foundation in Atlanta, GA; the West Jersey Health & Hospital Foundation (now Virtua Health) in South Jersey; and the Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation, in Manahawkin, NJ.  Most recently, as Executive Vice President of Pride Philanthropy, he delivered fundraising consulting services to nonprofit organizations across the eastern United States.


A native of Frederick, Maryland, Rollins grew up in broadcasting.  He is Past President of the Frederick County Advertising Federation, has won several ADDY Awards for his radio, TV, and print work, and is the recipient of the American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal and Crystal Prism Awards.


Rollins is a Trustee of the Community Foundation of South Jersey and the Shamong Foundation for Educational Excellence.  He is Past President and founding member of both the South Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Georgia Hospital Association’s society of Development Professionals (GADP).


He satisfies his love of teaching by blogging on the topic at pridephilanthropy.com, presenting online and onsite training sessions for the Pride Development Institute, serving on his former firm’s Executive Board, and lecturing at area colleges.  His first book – TRUISMS of Fundraising – is available from xlibris. 

“I am extraordinarily pleased to join this exceptional organization, excited about Samaritan’s vision for the future and grateful for the opportunity to help advance the charitable mission of South Jersey’s first hospice,” said Rollins.

Rollins has a BA from Hood College, an MBA from Frostburg State University, and earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential in 2000. He was named South Jersey’s 2010 “Fundraising Executive of the Year.”  He resides in Shamong with his wife Beth and three daughters.


About Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice:

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice is the regional leader for hospice care, palliative (comfort) medicine, geriatric care management, grief support and counseling and end-of-life education, research and advocacy. In addition to hospice services covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers, Samaritan’s Family of Services also provides more than $1.2 million each year in essential, yet non-reimbursed, services through generous community support. 


Samaritan is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, independent organization accredited by The Joint Commission, a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and its We Honor Veterans program created in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Samaritan serves people in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties who are coping with the stresses of aging, serious illness or grief. For more information, visit www.SamaritanHealthcareNJ.org.


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