Chief Development Officer
Since 1979 Mark Hanlon has seen both the legacy work of the past and the visionary work for Compassion’s future align, infusing the ministry with hope to reach even more of the “least of these”. Mark has served Compassion in roles in IT, Sponsor Donor Services, Senior Vice President of USA, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing & Engagement, Senior Vice President of Global Strategic Relationships, and currently as the Chief Development Officer leading the Global Philanthropic Engagement team.
Mark’s team is focused on generating resources beyond the scope of our current sponsorship offerings and establishing high-impact relationships to partner with Compassion for greater awareness, influence, and movement in a global context.
Raised in inner city Chicago, Mark’s desire to help children was influenced by the example of his parents, who operated a rescue mission for homeless men living on the city’s streets. He became a Compassion sponsor at the age of 18. Through this one-to-one sponsor relationship, Mark was inspired by the organization’s unique holistic approach to meeting the physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of a child living in poverty and subsequently joined the ministry as a staff member.
Mark and his wife have been married since 1979. They have a son and daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.