Michelle Rabideau raises up community
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Michelle Rabideau is committed to the betterment of the community.
Health care fundraising
Over the past decade, she has led the overall fundraising efforts for the Saint Mary’s Foundation, the charitable arm of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.
Under her leadership, the foundation has raised more than $65 million in support of additional programs, such as the Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences Center and Sophia’s House, the newly built guest house for patients and their families.
She is proud of the services provided by the programs made possible by the foundation’s philanthropic efforts and notes that the ever-changing health care landscape means the role of philanthropy will be increasingly important in impacting the overall health of the community.
In 2013, she was honored with the Benjamin Franklin Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award.
Rabideau advocates for encouraging younger people to find organizations with missions they believe in and then getting them involved in volunteering and leadership roles.
In addition, she's a strong believer in mentoring people, particularly women, in their career and community service choices. She meets almost weekly with people who have been referred, reviewing résumés and helping make connections to foster career opportunities.
In the community
As an invested community trustee, Rabideau has been elected to the East Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education, where she currently serves as president.
She also sits on the boards for the Michigan Women’s Foundation, the National Kappa Delta Foundation and the Health Care Advisory Board for the Philanthropy Leadership Council.