Meet our Movement of Many – Christina Butler

Written by Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation | 21 September 2022

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Today we are shining a light on our very own unstoppable changemaker, Christina Butler from SCHF’s Trusts & Foundations team. Today we are shining a light on our very own unstoppable changemaker, Christina Butler from SCHF’s Trusts & Foundations team. 

Meet our Movement of Many – Christina Butler

Christina was recently the recipient of The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) 40 Under 40 Program Award. This program honours the industry’s brightest young leaders who have demonstrated success in their careers in healthcare philanthropy.  Christina was recently the recipient of The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) 40 Under 40 Program Award. This program honours the industry’s brightest young leaders who have demonstrated success in their careers in healthcare philanthropy.  

AHP looked across the globe for rising stars who are making a significant difference in healthcare development – and they found Christina, who this year celebrates four years at SCHF.  

“Some of Christina’s best qualities are also those that make her so successful within her role. She is courageous, creative, and willing to ask difficult questions. Christina truly is a role model not only to SCHF employees but also to all the stakeholders she engages with,” explained Jonathon Pampinella, SCHF Trusts & Foundations Relationship Manager. “Some of Christina’s best qualities are also those that make her so successful within her role. She is courageous, creative, and willing to ask difficult questions. Christina truly is a role model not only to SCHF employees but also to all the stakeholders she engages with,” explained Jonathon Pampinella, SCHF Trusts & Foundations Relationship Manager. 

Christina is a great example of an unstoppable changemaker, helping shape the future of kids’ health. Although she has many outstanding achievements to date, there are three, in particular, we’d like to highlight. These include her: 

  • Commitment to the Aboriginal Health Strategy that has driven promotions and funding in this area. 
  • High standard of donor stewardship through innovative video proposals and reporting, which has resulted in compelling proposals and successful income of $3,450,000 for a Neuro Microscope and MRI machine. 
  • Active involvement in the development of SCHF’s Donor Journey process and resources.  

Christina joined Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation after completing her undergraduate degree and working with the incredible UK-based charity Cyclists Fighting Cancer while undertaking her Research Masters.  

“I will never forget one of the first visits I made to a children’s cancer ward in the UK. It was incredibly difficult to see the devastating effects of cancer on young children, but I was so humbled by their determination and resilience. One of the children I met had just finished a lengthy procedure, but the pain they were in, and future anxiety of ongoing treatment was completely overshadowed by the joy of being allowed ice cream for the first time in two weeks. The ability of children to see the best in the world in the darkest of times is such an inspiration. It was through meeting extraordinary families like this and the hardworking clinicians who support them that paved the way for my career in healthcare philanthropy,” explained Christina. 

Christina continued to channel that inspiration and motivation when she made the big move to Sydney, Australia.  

“Since moving to Australia in 2018, I have been fortunate enough to work at the forefront of healthcare philanthropy at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation. As part of this job, I get to make a positive impact every day. From securing funding for innovative research, expert clinical care, or state-of-the-art equipment to providing philanthropists with feedback on the life-changing difference they are making to children and their families, it’s a pretty rewarding space to work in.” 

Christina will receive her award at the AHP International Conference in Chicago, USA, this October. 

Congratulations Christina! We are so lucky to have you at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation. 

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