• TidalHealth Foundation President Hales earns Certified Fund Raising Executive credential

    SALISBURY – Jessica Hales, President of the TidalHealth Foundation, has earned the prestigious Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification from CFRE International. Hales joins over 7,700 professionals in 25 countries who hold the CFRE designation, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

    To earn the CFRE certification, fundraising professionals must meet standards set by CFRE International for educational and professional practice and fundraising achievement. They must also pass a rigorous written examination and pledge to abide by CFRE Accountability Standards, the International Statement of Ethical Principles in Fundraising, and the Donor Bill of Rights.

    Hales joined the TidalHealth Foundation in May 2022 and is responsible for all fundraising and TidalHealth Foundation Board activities to support TidalHealth initiatives, programs and capital projects through philanthropy, donor cultivation and community engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the Salisbury University Perdue School of Business and was recently named to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy 2023 40 Under 40 List.

    “Jessica has been an incredible asset since she joined the TidalHealth Foundation,” said Steve Leonard, Ph.D., MBA, FACHE, TidalHealth’s President and CEO. “She is a highly skilled fundraising professional and this certification attests to her personal and professional commitment both to the fundraising profession and to TidalHealth’s mission to improve the health of the communities we serve.”

    The purpose of the TidalHealth Foundation is to raise funds for TidalHealth program expansion, capital projects and equipment and to support educational programs and community health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit tidalhealth.org/foundation.