by KELLEY GUSICH | photo provided by Sharp HealthCare

Philanthropy in Health Care

Santaluz’s Bill Littlejohn was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in McLean, VA, the fifth of six children. After earning a degree in economics from the University of Virginia, during which time he interned at the U.S. Department of State, Bill considered becoming a foreign service officer, but instead spent two years after college working on political campaigns in Virginia and California. That chosen path brought him to an involvement in philanthropy development – mostly in healthcare – spanning more than three decades.

Bill joined Sharp Healthcare, San Diego’s largest healthcare provider, in 2002, and relocated from San Marino to Santaluz. Today he oversees the entire philanthropic program. “I have been fortunate to have worked with more than 200 hospitals and healthcare systems in the U.S., Canada and Germany over the last 25 years,” he said, “including facilitating board retreats, conferences, site visits, and presentations.” He is most proud that during his nearly two decades at Sharp, generous San Diegans have provided $275 million in philanthropy, including the recently completed INSPIRE: The Sharp Healthcare Campaign for Excellence, raising over $100 million across nearly two dozen initiatives. “I have been able to work with many generous and dedicated leaders, volunteers, and donors in many communities – who have given more than half a billion dollars to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Name: Bill Littlejohn
Profession: CEO and Senior Vice President, Sharp HealthCare Foundation
Community: Santaluz since 2002
Hobbies & Interests: Vacationing in Maine, volunteering at my kids’ school, history
Favorite Local Spots: Karl Strauss, Napizza, Santaluz Bistro

He has been married for 20 years to Lisa Littlejohn, and they have two children: Will is 17 and a junior, and Lauren is in eighth grade. Both attend Santa Fe Christian Schools in Solana Beach, where Will is active in football and lacrosse and Lauren plays three instruments and has performed in numerous plays and musicals. Though Bill greatly enjoys the time he gets to spend watching them in sports and arts activities, most of his free time is spent with his volunteer activities. He spent several years on the board and was chair of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has taken other positions in Santa Fe Christian Schools, St. Paul’s Senior Services and Retirement Home Foundation, and the board of Christian Youth Theater.

As for his philanthropy accolades, Bill was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Leadership Award from the Southern California Association for Health Care Development and the 2017 Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Si Seymour Award. He is humbled to be recognized by colleagues he greatly respects and admires.