Carolyn Winter, a woman who helped change thousands of lives by raising tens of millions of dollars for Providence foundations in Oregon, died Jan. 7, 2019 at age 74.
If you talk with anyone about Carolyn Winter, they would echo what long-time supporter and philanthropist Gerry Frank once said: “She is truly an unsung angel. The world is a better place thanks to Carolyn Winter.” If you talked with Carolyn Winter, she would quickly give all credit to the generosity and giving hearts of the thousands of people who support Providence foundations.
After a 16-year career in education, Carolyn came to Providence in 1982 as director of Volunteer Services for Providence Portland Medical Center. Over the years, her role at Providence in Oregon grew and expanded. Carolyn eventually became chief development officer for the Oregon Region, overseeing all fundraising efforts for Providence in Oregon. Although Carolyn stepped down from her executive role a few years ago, she remained as a senior advisor and has been an integral to Providence Foundations of Oregon. It is another example of her commitment to Providence’s Mission and the people we serve.
A career highlight was her leadership of the $74 million “Providence Together” campaign, which raised funds for a variety of Providence ministries throughout Oregon. A key focus of the campaign was the new Providence Cancer Institute at Providence Portland Medical Center.
Carolyn was also a driving force behind Providence’s annual Festival of Trees events, which are now holiday traditions in Portland, Seaside and Medford.
Back in 2016, Carolyn reflected on her years at Providence, saying that “the best part of my work is to match a project that a physician is passionate about with a donor. And to see how the donor realizes that the impact they are making on patients is immeasurable.”
Carolyn’s work was recognized in 2013, when she received the Allan Price Award for Distinguished Service to the Fundraising Profession from the Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
“If you asked anyone here to picture a person of Providence, Carolyn would be one of the first people who came to mind,” said Lisa Vance, chief executive for Providence in Oregon. “Her dedication and devotion to our Mission and ministries will live on as examples for all of us.”
Carolyn is survived by her husband, Bill, children and grandchildren.
A funeral for Carolyn will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at St. Mary's Cathedral (1716 NW Davis St). A Rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 11 a.m. All are welcome to join at a reception to celebrate her life at 1 p.m. at Portland Golf Club (5900 SW Scholls Ferry Rd).
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