Community foundation director leaving to run Seton fundraising
Austin Community Foundation Executive Director Ken Gladish is heading to a new job.
Gladish, who has run the community foundation since April 2008, will step down in November to become president of the Seton Foundations. He will replace Gene Attal, who led foundation efforts for the Seton Family of Hospitals for 35 years until retiring in January.
Working at the new job will be “an incredible privilege,” said Gladish, 57. “The future of our region of Texas depends on the health and well-being of everyone living in the communities we call home. There are few more important contributors to our quality of life than the Seton Family of Hospitals.”
The Austin Community Foundation operates philanthropic funds (including the AmericanStatesman’s Season for Caring, Swim Safe will step down in November. and Lady Bird’s Legacy), gives out grants and pushes volunteerism.
At the beginning of 2008, the foundation had 686 such funds. Now it has 920. Last year, the organization handed out $15.5 million in grants to local charitable causes.
“This is a great opportunity for Ken, and he’ll be sorely missed,” said Sylvia Acevedo, chairwoman of the foundation’s board.
Before coming to Austin, Gladish worked at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy in Michigan and the YMCA of the USA.
Charles J. Barnett, president and CEO for the Seton Family of Hospitals, said Gladish’s hands-on and academic experience makes him a perfect fit to run Seton’s fundraising team. “He’s got one of the deepest understandings of philanthropy of anyone I’ve talked with in academic or health care settings,” Barnett said.
The Seton Foundations is the umbrella group for four foundations — the Seton Fund, Children’s Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas, the Seton Williamson Foundation and the Seton Hays Foundation — that raise money for Seton’s hospitals, community health centers and special programs.