Thom Harmon serves as the director of development, overseeing the fundraising efforts for Breastcancer.org. These efforts include direct mail, major gifts, special events, corporate partnerships, and grants.
Since 2000, Thom has worked almost exclusively in academic medical fundraising. He began in the Annual Fund for the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center before serving for many years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. There he took on a variety of projects such as expanding the annual fund, raising major gifts for various clinical programs, managing the $450 million “Hope Lives Here” capital campaign, and spearheading their first mass market fundraising effort, “Give the Gift of Childhood.” Most recently, Thom served as the director of leadership gifts for Fox Chase Cancer Center, where he was tasked with rebuilding their major gifts program from scratch and building close partnerships with the medical and research faculty.
Thom holds a bachelor’s of science in theology from Cairn University and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He has lead numerous webinars and been a conference speaker for professional organizations such as the Woodmark Group, the National Association for Cancer Center Development Officers (NACCDO), and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP). He has also been quoted in national publications such as Healthcare Philanthropy Journal and The Major Gifts Report.
Thom has committed his career to raising money to make the world healthier. “Our vision at Breastcancer.org is to set the gold standard for delivering medical information to patients. Our goal is to be the model for other disease advocacy groups to follow. It’s truly an honor and a privilege to be part of this team... and being the only guy in the office definitely makes life interesting!”