Holly H. Duncan is happily retired, since 2013, following 17 years of service as President and CEO, of Morton Plant Mease Foundation, a $100 million institution providing philanthropic support for the community-based, community-focused, not-for-profit Morton Plant Mease Health Care, Inc, an integrated health care delivery system including four hospitals in the Greater Clearwater area of Florida.
With over 30 years of professional development experience, Ms. Duncan has raised over $250 million in the Tampa Bay area. She received the 2011 Si Seymour Award for lifetime achievement by Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the 2014 Lloyd Horton Lifetime Achievement Award from the Suncoast Chapter of AFP.
From 1993-1996, she was Vice President for Development at The Florida Aquarium, leading the campaign to fund the construction of the facility on Tampa’s waterfront. Prior to coming to the Aquarium, she was Vice President for Development at Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Performing Arts Center and Theatre (PACT) in Clearwater, from 1988-1993, heading up its Fifth Anniversary Campaign. For two years prior to coming to PACT, she was Director of Major Gifts at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. From 1985-1988, she was the Director of Development at Lowry Park Zoo for the campaign that created Tampa’s new zoological gardens. Her first professional fundraising position was with The Florida Orchestra in Tampa-St. Petersburg –Clearwater as Director of Development from 1980-1985 where she established its fundraising program.
Ms. Duncan has been a speaker over the past three decades at numerous state, regional and national conferences for the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums (AAZPA), and the American Symphony Orchestra League (ASOL).
She has also presented workshops at numerous local, state and regional symposiums and board retreats including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP, formerly NSFRE), the Junior Leagues of Clearwater-Dunedin and Tampa, the Florida Library Association, the Suncoast Girl Scout Council, the Florida Gulf Coast Art Center and the Humane Society of North Pinellas.
Ms. Duncan is past Chairman of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Leadership America, Leadership Tampa Bay and Leadership Pinellas, where she was selected Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 1999. She is currently a Board Member and Development Chair for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, serving Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus Counties and the Humane Society of Pinellas.
As a volunteer, Ms. Duncan is a past President of the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin and served on the Association of Junior League’s International Diversity Support Team and the Pinellas County Schools Bi-Racial Advisory Committee. She was honored as the Junior League’s Sustainer of the Year in 2000. She is a former Pinellas County Council of PTA’s Person of the Year, having served on the County Council and as PTA President/ SAC Chairman at Leila Davis Elementary during its founding years.
Ms. Duncan is a past-president of the Florida Dance Association and was active in lobbying for creation of both the Major Cultural Institutions Program and the Community Contribution Tax Incentive Program. Ms. Duncan has also served on the Florida Arts Council’s peer review panels. She has served her college fraternity, Kappa Kappa Gamma, as a member of its Foundation’s National Development Committee.
Ms. Duncan is a graduate of Ohio University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and has a Masters in Political Science from Miami University. Immediately following graduate school, she served with the United States Foreign Service in Bonn, Germany.