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Highlighted Accomplishments

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Jackson Health Foundation

Rolando was recruited to launch the Jackson Health Foundation as Jackson Memorial Hospital’s private philanthropic arm.  His first project was the $28 million Ryder Trauma Center Campaign.  JMF has grown into one of the country's most respected U.S. public hospital foundations. Rolando guided over $200 million in private philanthropy, $70 million in grants, and over $250 million in international patient revenue.

Holtz Children's Hospital

Rolando championed the identification, development and marketing of Holtz Children’s Hospital in response to the overwhelming need to enhance specialized services for the children of South Florida. Rolando led and developed the concept for a centralized children's hospital at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, as well as for the founding of the Guardian Angels, a premier support group dedicated to helping children in need.

International Kids Fund

Rolando founded the International Kids Fund (IKF), now known as the IKF Wonderfund, dedicated to providing care to children from all over the world who need life-saving care. The Wonderfund rapidly grew into an internationally recognized program responsible for the oversight, management and fundraising for children in need of life-saving or life-changing medical care.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami

Rolando led the launch of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation with dynamic new major gift and branding strategies, a prestigious board of directors and other programs seeking to double the amount of private funds raised by the agency.  With his help, BBBS concluded a campaign for its new home - the Carnival Center for Excellence.

Friendship Circle of Miami

The Friendship Circle has been dedicated to helping children with special needs since 2004.  In 2018, Rolando began shaping a full development effort, including the creation of a board of directors, developing a formal grant program, hiring development staff and launching other organized fundraising initiatives.   Rolando has been guiding a $15 million campaign to develop a 20,000 sq. ft. Community Center for children with special needs.

Coral Gables Community Foundation

Since 1991, the Foundation has been bringing together beneficiaries and benefactors to fund programs with the greatest impact and benefit to “The City Beautiful.” Rolando developed and is guiding a strategic planning a process aimed at growing and focusing the foundation's future work.


PATCHES serves children who require the support of ventilators, tracheotomies, oxygen therapy, and feeding tubes, or who have other special medical needs.  Rolando is developing a new development program, launching a board, and preparing for a multi-million capital expansion on 5 acres in Florida City.

Ronald McDonald House of South Florida

The Ronald McDonald House offers families a place to call home while their child is receiving critical medical treatment in nearby hospitals. In 2021, Rolando developed and guided teh start-up of a $30 million campaign for a new 7-story house on the grounds of Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Breakthrough Collaborative

Based in San Francisco, Breakthrough closes the opportunity gap with a students-teaching-students model, implemented through 24 affiliates throughout the United States.  In 2018, we began leading the expansion of Breakthrough's national development office, including hiring staff, launching a new grants program, expanding events, and developing a major $15 million national fundraising campaign.

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