Arkansas Children’s Foundation has promoted long-time fundraising executive Enid Olvey, CFRE, to the position of president. Her predecessor, Fred Scarborough, CFRE, will continue serving as chief development officer for Arkansas Children’s health system.
Olvey will continue serving as senior vice president of Philanthropy for Arkansas Children’s at the system level.
As she steps into the role of Foundation president, Olvey is responsible for daily strategy, leadership, direction and administration of the 40-member fundraising arm of the Arkansas Children’s system, its own independent non-profit.
A mainstay of the Arkansas Children’s Foundation, Olvey began her career there more than 19 years ago as a donor services representative. She is the highest-ranking woman to ever lead the Foundation and one of the youngest senior executives at Arkansas Children’s.
Along the way, she held a series of vital roles with increasing responsibility and has been named to the 40 Under 40 list of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)—an international professional organization dedicated exclusively to development professionals who encourage charity in North America’s healthcare organizations.
Olvey has been instrumental in the Foundation’s success the last several years, helping lead a team that has consistently raised more than $30 million annually. As Arkansas Children’s prepared to open Arkansas Children’s Northwest in 2018, Olvey was instrumental in the team’s work to raise a historic $52.5 million.
“A strategic fundraiser, creative thinker, and mentor to fundraisers and program managers, Enid is a true champion for children. She exhibits a passion for results and an unyielding commitment to the Arkansas Children’s mission of making children better today and healthier tomorrow,” Scarborough said. “No matter her role, Enid has undoubtedly transformed the fundraising team by focusing on mission, transformational impact, and meaningful board and volunteer engagement. This next stage in her career will advance fundraising that improves child health statewide.”
Olvey’s love for philanthropy began early when, as a college student, she served as the chair for her school’s Dance Marathon, a fundraising event that raises money in partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Olvey also fosters and encourages team participation in the Woodmark Group—a collection of 26 children’s hospitals working together to advance the mission of children’s hospitals in North America. She has been an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) during her tenure at Arkansas Children’s.
Along with her husband Brandon, she also passionately supports local animal shelters and organizations including Rescue Road.