Shannon Duval was first introduced to the idea of philanthropy as a vocation while serving as a graduate assistant at the Indiana University Foundation. In addition to a master’s degree in higher education administration and philanthropic studies, Shannon gained a lifelong love for health care philanthropy during her time at Indiana University.
Nearly 20 years later, Shannon serves as the president and chief development officer for the National Catholic Health Initiatives Foundation (CHIF), responsible for supporting philanthropic investments for CHI national initiatives. Additionally, Shannon leads efforts to support the growth of philanthropy across CHI, the nation’s second-largest nonprofit health system, which operates in 19 states and comprises 103 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals as well as 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; living communities; and other facilities and services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. Most recently, Shannon served as the president of the Mercy Foundation in Des Moines, IA for six years.
Shannon has also served as the President of the St. Luke’s Health Care Foundation (Unity Point Health System,) as well as a regional major gifts officer for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Memphis, TN.) Shannon spent six years as Director of Development for the University of Iowa Foundation, raising funds for the UI College of Medicine and Hospitals and Clinics.
Shannon currently serves as a board member for the Girl Scouts of Iowa, on the Campaign Steering Committee for United Way of Central Iowa, and on the Board of Directors of Ascent Iowa. In addition to serving as chair of CHI’s Philanthropic Leadership Council, Shannon has represented the Mercy Health Network on the Chief Development Officer Leadership Council for Catholic Health East/Trinity Health. A graduate of Luther College (Decorah, IA) Shannon has completed PhD coursework in higher education administration from the University of Iowa. She is currently a master of juris prudence in health law candidate through Drake University Law School.