She has raised tens of millions of dollars for health care in Saskatoon, and this month, she was recognized for her efforts.

Royal University Hospital Foundation CEO Arla Gustafson received the Fundraising Professional of the Year Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Saskatoon Chapter on November 15.

Arla Gustafson and her award

Arla Gustafson, CEO of the Royal University Hospital Foundation, received the Fundraising Professional of the Year award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Saskatoon Chapter on November 15. Photo by David Stobbe of Stobbe Photography

Since Gustafson joined Royal University Hospital Foundation (RUHF) in 2007, she has raised over $45 million for health care, including $10.8 million in the Future in Mind Campaign for construction of the Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health, and $2.5 million in the “Picture This!” campaign for the purchase of Saskatchewan’s first PET-CT.

Before joining RUHF, Gustafson served as executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan, executive director of United Way of Saskatoon and vice-president of United Way Canada – Centraide.

“We are very proud and grateful that Arla has been recognized by her peers with this prestigious award,” said Bryan Leverick, RUH Foundation Volunteer Board Chair. “Arla’s passion, insight and fundraising expertise have touched so many in our community and she is an inspiration for all of us.”

Gustafson was nominated for the award due to her exceptional contribution as a fundraising professional working in the charitable sector. The annual recipient of this award demonstrates high ethical fundraising standards and a commitment to meeting community needs.

With over 30 years of experience in the charitable, not-for-profit sector, Gustafson has provided steadfast leadership and devotion to significant philanthropic endeavours in the community. Her enthusiasm for, and commitment to the important role of voluntary sector leaders in community decision making and planning is evident in everything she touches.

Gustafson’s work has made a difference for the RUH Foundation, Saskatoon Health Region and the larger community of Saskatchewan and Canada. She sets a high standard for the fundraising profession, and her commitment to the AFP demonstrates exemplary leadership.

National Philanthropy Day is celebrated each November 15 in communities around the world, and pays tribute to the contributions that philanthropy and philanthropists have made to a sustainable future for all people. In Saskatoon, over 500 people attended the 14th Annual Awards Luncheon.