Com­mu­nity foun­da­tion di­rec­tor leav­ing to run Se­ton fundrais­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By An­drea Ball

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.

Ken Gladish

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