Philanthropy and a dedicated team of researchers and clinicians have been critical to advancing the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre to become one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world. The Department of Supportive Care is a pillar of the Centre’s clinical and research program. It has grown to be among the top programs at the Cancer Centre in terms of philanthropic support, and together with an incredible team of clinicians and researchers, it has become an international leader in the field of palliative, psychosocial and survivorship care. In this session Dr. Gary Rodin and Andrea Orr will share their experience working together to develop support for the program and their insights and tips on critical elements to building trust and partnering to achieve success. This will also be applicable to building relationships outside of healthcare organizations and with all types of program staff.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to build genuine relationships with physicians, practitioners and program staff – from the fundraiser and physician perspective
  2. How to effectively work together to develop cases for support and clear fundraising needs
  3. New ways to engage clinicians in major gift fundraising from identification through to stewardship

Andrea Orr, CFRE

Campaign Director

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

In her role as Campaign Director at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Andrea is responsible for engaging donors and securing major gift support from individuals, foundations and corporations toward the Billion Dollar Challenge for Personalized Cancer Medicine.   Prior to this Andrea was with Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation for more than 6 years where she held the position of Senior Director, Development. At Mount Sinai she led the Foundation’s integrated stewardship and donor relations activities, managed the Venture Sinai program and held a donor portfolio. Andrea has also worked at the Children’s Aid Foundation where she helped establish and managed their national programs.

Andrea is a frequent instructor with the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course and has presented at the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) international conference and for the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter on building donor relationships and stewardship.  She sat on the ADRP Board of Directors from 2010 -2012 and has been a member of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Philanthropy Awards Selection Committee for the last 3 years. Andrea received her Certified Fund Raising Executive designation in 2009.

Dr. Gary Rodin, MD, FRCPC

Psychiatrist and Head of Department of Supportive Care

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, UHN

Dr. Rodin is the University of Toronto/UHN Harold and Shirley Lederman Chair in Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care and Head, Department of Supportive Care at The Princess Margaret.  Dr. Rodin is also Director, Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative & End-of-Life Care and Professor of Psychiatry at U of T. He has published widely on the psychiatric and psychosocial aspects of cancer and other medical illnesses. Under his leadership, the Department of Supportive Care has achieved an international reputation for its academic and clinical excellence.