Vice President of External Affairs, Chief Philanthropy Officer & Executive Director, Heywood Healthcare Charitable Foundation
Dawn M. Casavant is Vice President of External Affairs & Philanthropy for Heywood Healthcare, a role that leverages her skills as a successful fundraiser and crusader of community health to develop and expand funding sources for all Heywood Healthcare programs and services.
As Vice President of Philanthropy, Ms. Casavant is responsible for the planning and execution of Heywood’s fundraising efforts, including the three-pronged Fulfilling Our Promise capital campaign, annual giving and event fundraising. She has extensive experience in grant writing and philanthropy, bringing a philanthropic focus to Heywood Healthcare, the Greater Gardner and North Central regions of Massachusetts.
Additionally, Ms. Casavant works closely with the Suicide Prevention Task Force, established by Heywood Hospital, in conjunction with the Mass Department of Public Health, to prevent suicide and to provide education and resources to help those who struggle with depression, survivors of suicide, and those who have lost loved ones.
Prior to joining Heywood in 2012, Ms. Casavant served nearly 10 years as Vice President of Community Relations and Development for Community Health Connections (CHC) in Fitchburg. She previously spearheaded the Oral Health Initiative of North Central Mass, a collaboration of the Montachusett Opportunity Council, Community Health Connections and Heywood Hospital. Her experience also includes human resources and social services.
Ms. Casavant holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Daniel Webster College in organizational management. She is an Board Member for the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce and an active Rotarian. Ms. Casavant is also a recipient of the Community Builder Hammer Award, the Bridge Builder Award, Good Fellowship Award and Rotary of the Year Award.