Steve Rum, Founder and Director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Philanthropy Institute (JHMPI), arrived at the concept for this innovative training institute after exhausting the options for further developing his own career through advanced education. While sound programs do exist for individuals at earlier career stages, he found none that could help him bring his professional life to a new level of vision and performance.
The JHMPI is intended to fill this gap, to meet the needs of senior and executive-level professionals for intensive, high-quality training in medical development, for training that reaps measurable, meaningful, and continuously growing results. The JHMPI strategic plan and the Summer Institute program reflect Steve’s capacity to think beyond the walls of his own institution and the bounds of his own career; they embody his desire to advance the effectiveness, quality, and stature of medical development as a profession. To do so, JHMPI draws upon visionary and innovative thinking from diverse realms – business and management, psychology and other social sciences, “hard” sciences including data sciences and biomedical research – so as to inform, strengthen, and enlighten the work performed in medical development.
Steve Rum is Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations for the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, where he oversees a staff of 171 employees. Since his arrival at Hopkins in 2005, there has been a steady annual increase in funds raised; currently, the Fund brings in $1 billion every four years.
Mr. Rum is known for his success in leadership philanthropy. Under his direction, the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine raised $375 million for Sheikh Zayed Tower and the Bloomberg Children’s Center; he personally closed a $100 million gift which enabled creation of the Brain Science Institute in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. From 2000 to 2008, he directed the medical development effort for the Johns Hopkins University Knowledge for the World campaign, in which Hopkins became the first academic medical center to reach the $2 billion mark.
Steve’s professional fundraising career began with Special Olympics International in Washington, DC, where he was Assistant Vice President for Development and Marketing (1988-1991). He then served as Assistant Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Children’s National Medical Center Foundation in Washington (1991-1995), and as Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at Duke University Medical Center (1995-2005). At Duke, he led a seven-year campaign, Keeping the Promise of Medicine, during which he and his team exceeded their campaign goal of $600 million by more than $100 million.
Mr. Rum earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University, and his master’s degree in administration from Ohio University. From 1978 to 1983 he played professional baseball in Italy and Japan.
An avid cyclist, boating enthusiast and father of three adult children, he lives with his wife, Carol Rum, in Annapolis.