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Mental health foundation hires executive director

November 29, 2018
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Donald MacKenzie
Donald MacKenzie. Courtesy Pine Rest

A local mental health provider’s foundation has named its new executive director.

Grand Rapids-based Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services said yesterday Donald MacKenzie was hired for the role at the Pine Rest Foundation.

With nearly $25 million in assets, the foundation’s primary work is to raise money for the Patient Assistance Fund, which helps patients access treatment regardless of their ability to pay.

The foundation also manages the Casey Wondergem Grant Program, which provides startup and support funds for Pine Rest programs.

Most recently, MacKenzie was a director of advancement and donor relations in the Midwest for Atlanta-based Haggai International, which sends Christian missionaries throughout the world.

Previously, he’s worked in a number of positions: associate vice president of advancement for Grand Rapids Community College; senior principal at the Chicago-based fundraising consulting firm Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners; executive director of Junior Achievement of Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties; director of planned and estate giving for the Western Michigan University Foundation; as well as owner of a fundraising consulting firm.

MacKenzie was also director of leadership gifts at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation, where he led the For Our Kids Campaign that raised $100 million for the pediatric hospital, according to a previous Business Journal report.

He holds a B.S. in political science and government and an M.A. in college student counseling and personal services, both from Eastern Michigan University.

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