On Thursday, November 27, 2014, the Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals hosted its 27th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon. At the event, area individuals, foundations and businesses were honored for their service to the community and commitment to philanthropy. Honorees were selected in the areas of philanthropy, executive fundraising and volunteerism.
“I am humbled by the outpouring of financial, in-kind and human support we received for National Philanthropy Day this year,” said Shannon Brown, co-chair of the event. “These nine extraordinary honorees inspired our community to come together and celebrate the spirit of philanthropy. On behalf of the AFP Board of Directors, we would like to thank all of our generous sponsors. With special thanks to Arlene Pecora of the Signature Grand, our Presenting Sponsor, as well as to our Diamond Sponsors, Lorraine Thomas, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Broward Performing Arts Foundation and the Leo Goodwin Foundation.”
The event, one of the largest annual events of its kind in South Florida, was attended by 600 philanthropists and non-profit executives and board members. Honorees included:
- Outstanding Philanthropist: Francie Bishop Good, nominated by NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
- Outstanding Large Corporation: ADT, nominated by SOS Children’s Villages – Florida
- Outstanding Small Corporation: Orange Bowl Committee, nominated by Junior Achievement of South Florida
- Outstanding Foundation: The Salah Foundation, nominated by Broward Health Foundation
- Outstanding Organization: Coral Springs Community Chest, nominated by Impact Broward
- Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Jennifer Stewart, CFRE, nominated by Children’s Harbor
- Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Heather Geronemus, nominated by MADD
- Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Robert Calhoun, nominated by Westminster Academy and South Florida Wildlife Center
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Riedel, nominated by Signature Grand
November 15 has been recognized as National Philanthropy Day since President Ronald Reagan proclaimed it as such in 1986. Each year, philanthropists across the globe come together to effect positive change in the world and encourage others to do the same.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals is an international organization with 222 chapters throughout the world. The group aims to increase philanthropy by training individuals and organizations in effective and ethical fundraising techniques. AFP offers education, training, certification and mentoring programs so that established and emerging fundraising professionals can continue to develop in the profession.