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AFP logoAshleigh Leite named Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year

What: Ashleigh Leite, Senior Vice President of Major Gifts at HonorHealth Foundation, received the Association of Fundraising Professional’s 2023 Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year Award.

The award for Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year honors an outstanding individual fundraising professional who works for a nonprofit, charitable organization. Nominees must have a minimum of 15 years of
experience as a professional fundraiser and be a current Association of Fundraising Professional member.

In perfect timing, this award was given on National Philanthropy Day.

Ashleigh Leite

Why: Ashleigh Leite is an unassuming beacon of light in the Valley, well known for her passion, expertise, buoyancy, mentorship and fundraising prowess. Over the course of her career, she has raised well over $100,000,000 in philanthropic gifts in service of our community.

While at HonorHealth Foundation she raised a transformational gift of more than $20,000,000 that helped bring to being the Bob Bové Neurosciences Institute. This purpose-built, state-of-the-art multidisciplinary neuroscience center features a team of top neurologists and neurosurgeons, as well as therapists and other care providers all in one convenient location.

Ashleigh has also raised millions of dollars in support of critical care for Arizonans across multiple specialties that meet the growing healthcare needs of our community. Some highlights include the new Craig and Karen Stull Emergency Department at HonorHealth Thompson Peak Medical Center, Addiction Medicine Fellowship, cancer care innovation at HonorHealth Research Institute and various projects in development for social determinants in health equity.

Who: Ashleigh is responsible for the leadership and oversight of the major gifts program including a team of five Vice Presidents of Major Gifts. Ashleigh has been with HonorHealth for more than five years, during which time she has secured more than $76 million dollars in new philanthropic support, including the transformational investment to create the Bob Bové Neuroscience Institute. Ashleigh is passionate about people – especially working with donors to identify how their desire to impact the lives of others can be realized through philanthropy.

Quote: “I am profoundly honored and humbled to be the recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year award. I extend my deepest gratitude to HonorHealth Foundation and AFP for this prestigious honor, which I proudly share with my dedicated colleagues, mentors and the generous donors who believe in our shared vision,” remarks Ashleigh.

As a community-focused nonprofit organization and the philanthropic arm of HonorHealth, HonorHealth Foundation provides a unique path of giving that ensures a donor’s contribution helps improve as many facets of health and well-being for as many people as possible. From addressing the social determinants of health, to personalizing the highest quality clinical care, to funding groundbreaking research, we help philanthropists make an exponential impact on the causes that align with their values.