Fred Najjar

Senior Vice President of Philanthropy
System Chief Philanthropy Officer, Dignity Health

Dignity Health Foundation board member Fred Najjar.

In Fred’s role as Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and System Chief Philanthropy Officer for Dignity Health, the fifth largest nonprofit health care system in the United States, he works closely with Dignity Health’s 29 fundraising foundations.

His role carries broad responsibilities for providing strategic vision, leadership, and direction to ensure philanthropic support of programs and services for Dignity Health at the system level and for the philanthropic activities of all Dignity Health member and affiliate hospitals and foundations.  He also plays a consultative role in the hiring, training, and development of foundation leaders and in the sharing of best practices throughout the system.

Prior to joining Dignity Health, Fred Najjar served as Vice President for University Advancement at San José State University (SJSU).  As Vice President, he oversaw all aspects of fundraising: alumni relations, advancement operations, marketing and communications, government and community relations and public affairs. He also served as chief executive officer of the Tower Foundation. Fred led the university to unprecedented fundraising numbers and launched the first comprehensive campaign in school history. Under his leadership, SJSU found itself consistently in the top tier of fundraising universities in the 23-campus California State University system.

In 2016, Mr. Najjar was elected to the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) board of directors and he currently serves on the AHP Health Systems Philanthropy Task Force. 

A native of Virginia, he holds an undergraduate degree in public administration and a graduate degree in counseling and student personnel administration, both from Virginia Tech. He has completed coursework towards a doctorate in organization and leadership at the University of San Francisco.