Chief Executive Officer, Baptist Health South Florida Foundation
William Banchs is the CEO of Baptist Health South Florida Foundation (BHFF) in Coral Gables Florida. BHFF is committed to securing philanthropic support to advance the mission of Baptist Health South Florida. The Foundation works closely with hospital and medical leadership to determine the areas of need, which will ensure Baptist Health as a vital and quality healthcare organization. Through the generosity of its donors, the Foundation helps support the advancement of its hospitals, programs, projects, equipment, technology and services to which benefit the community.
BHFF raises funds through major capital and endowment initiatives, individual and corporate contributions, family foundations, special fundraising events, and through charitable planned gifts such as bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, and through a variety of sponsorships and grants from local, regional, state and national resources. Gifts received are used in accordance with our donors’ requests and can be either restricted or unrestricted. All gifts are used to further Baptist Health’s mission and are instrumental in helping to improve and save lives of those whom we serve.
Prior to his tenure at BHFF, he served as president and CEO of the Scottsdale Cultural Council (SCC) in Scottsdale Arizona from 2008 through August 2013. The SCC, with its $10 million annual operating budget, is the largest non-profit cultural organization in Arizona, serving over 350,000 patrons by presenting, managing or facilitating more than 1800 events annually.
Dr. Banchs was also the president of the Miami-based National YoungArts Foundation (formerly National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). He joined the NFAA, an organization devoted to supporting and nurturing the careers of young artists, in 1986 as director of program development and served in a number of leadership positions before assuming the presidency in 1991. Under his 17-year leadership, NFAA greatly expanded its scholarship program while bolstering its finances; it more than doubled its operating budget to $5 million, increased the endowment from $1.7 million to $15 million and built a $2.5 million reserve.
Dr. Banchs founded the Miami School of Musical Arts in 1980 and served as its director for nine years. He also taught music theory at the University of Miami and served as festival coordinator for the University’s Festival of Miami in 1985, an 18-day-long event featuring 32 classical and jazz concerts and other programs.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Dr. Banchs was educated at Harvard University, where he earned a B.A. in chemistry and physics and his M.A. and Ph.D. in music composition and theory. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004.
An accomplished composer, he has received numerous awards, grants and commissions, including the Florida State Arts Council Fellowship, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra Composition Prize, National Endowment for the Arts Music Composition Fellowship and first prize in the Universidad Simon Bolivar 10th-Anniversary Orchestral Composition Competition. Dr. Banchs was named one of the “12 Good Men” by the Ronald McDonald House of South Florida in 1997.