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34th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon 2019 National Philanthropy Day Award Recipients- (front) Michal Powell (Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser); Cindy Scott (Outstanding Fundraising Executive); Donna Wilhelm (Outstanding Philanthropist); Debra Phares (Outstanding Foundation – Harry S. Moss Trust); Jan Murfield, President, AFP Greater Dallas Chapter; (back) Keith Cargill (Outstanding Corporation – Texas Capital Bank); Janet Sherlip, luncheon chair; Ashlyn Duy (Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy)

Over 400 volunteers, nonprofits, donors, business and community leaders filled the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Dallas to celebrate some of Dallas’ finest who give selflessly in support of numerous worthy causes.  The 34th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon hosted by the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized six award recipients at the “Stars of Texas” themed luncheon on November 8. Luncheon sponsors included AFP Chapter Sponsor Texas Capital Bank; Philanthropy Sponsors Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center; Community Sponsors Texas Health Resources Foundation, World Affairs Council, and KERA.

Luncheon Chair Janet Sherlip and Greater Dallas Chapter AFP President Jan Murfield kicked off the luncheon with the history of National Philanthropy Day celebrations. This was followed by a tribute given by Carole Rylander to two “larger than life” Texas Philanthropy Legends with energetic “let’s make things happen” attitudes:  T. Boone Pickens and H. Ross Perot. Both had previously been honored locally by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as outstanding philanthropists as well as on the national level.

Longtime emcee Scott Murray introduced the award recipients, who addressed the audience in a video acceptance speech prior to accepting their awards on stage.

Cindy Scott, CFRE, recipient of the Outstanding Fundraising Executive, nominated by Parkland Foundation, has over 30 years of fundraising experience, benefiting the people of Dallas and beyond.  Scott thanked her mentors, family, and friends who have made such an impact on her life.

“If there’s one phrase that defines my fundraising/leadership career in Dallas, it’s the cave you fear to enter holds the treasure that you seek,” said Scott. “I have seldom entered a cave without an inspirational mentor either beckoning me to come in or in some cases on the outside giving me a push. If all of us in this room of incredibly accomplished individuals find a cave to enter, imagine the good that will come from it in our community.” She added, “You can always overcome fear if you stand on the side of love.”

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Michal Powell, a passionate fundraiser for faith-based, medical, and humanitarian causes, commended the work of The Salvation Army who nominated her for this honor

“While I am grateful for their nomination, it is The Salvation Army that is the shining star,” said Powell. “There is no better example of caring for and improving the lives of men, women, and children than The Salvation Army.

Highlighting the example set by her parents, she continued that while growing up in a small West Texas Town, she was blessed with parents deeply committed to faith, family, and community. She accepted the award on behalf of them, her husband Loyd, and the nonprofits which have been her privilege to serve.

Outstanding Corporation Texas Capital Bank was nominated by Parkland Foundation for its dedication to helping communities prosper by investing time, talent, and resources while making long-term strategic investments within three areas: education, health/wellness, and community revitalization. Since the inception of its charitable giving program, Texas Capital Bank has supported more than 100 charitable nonprofits throughout Texas.

Texas Capital Bank CEO Keith Cargill accepted the award on behalf of his colleagues, recognizing honorees that have gone before them and fellow honorees this year. “Our world needs individuals and companies to step up and do the right thing, to serve their communities and make a positive difference,” added Cargill. “We don’t do it for the accolades. We do it because we believe in the power of providing a hand up in our communities, empowering others, and forming lasting relationships.”

Debra Phares, philanthropic specialist with Bank of America and trustee to the Harry S. Moss Trust, accepted the Outstanding Foundation Award for the Harry S. Moss Trust. Nominated by UT Southwestern Medical Center, the Harry S. Moss Trust supports the prevention and cure of heart disease in Texas, particularly in Dallas. When the late Harry S. Moss -- founder and president of Moss Petroleum and Dallas civic leader for 45 years -- survived a heart attack in the 1960s, he made a commitment to support medical research. The first grant to UT Southwestern in 1973 created the Harry S. Moss Heart Center, for healing, innovation, discovery and educating the next generation of cardiovascular providers and investigators. The Trust has contributed more than $41 million to UT Southwestern in support of endowed faculty chairs, funding for equipment and special projects.

“Harry S. Moss and his wife Florence had great foresight but could not have known the explosion of medical knowledge made possible through their generosity,” said Phares. “Today, 50 years later, this single act has become both locally and globally impactful, making a difference in the lives of many.”

Outstanding Philanthropist Donna Wilhelm inspired the audience with her words of wisdom and her unique personal journey that has led to the publishing of her memoir “A Life of My Own,” launching in December. All net profits will help build capacity of underserved women, girls, and youth education. Wilhelm believes everyone has three fundamental questions that underly every decision we make, and she addresses those questions, discovering a path to a meaningful life: Who Am I? Why and I here? Where am I going? Her quest took 10 years of self-examination and writing stories to address those questions, resulting in the discovery of a path to a meaningful life.

“My philanthropic passion is to achieve positive change by working together,” said Wilhelm. “Collaborative trust empowers our basic human instinct to help one another. Even the most challenging community needs can be met when three enlightened forces come together: collective wisdom, collaboration across cultures, and dedication to the greater good.”

Wilhelm, nominated by the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, is a mission-driven philanthropist who has contributed more than $10 million to local, national, and international organizations, supporting direct capacity building and targeting strategic innovation. With a focus on arts, culture, and education, she has directed significant investments to KERA, TACA, the AT&T Performing Arts Center, The SMU Meadows School of Arts, and the World Affairs Council.

As is with tradition of this annual luncheon, the final recipient is the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy.

Ashlyn Duy, nominated by Children’s Medical Center Foundation, is a former patient and loyal supporter of Children’s Health who has raised a total of $31,170 in four Red Balloon Children Helping Children Tennis Tournaments, benefiting pediatric cancer research and programs. For Duy, it was meant to be. Month before being asked to participate, he had received lifesaving heart surgery at Children’s for tachycardia, an abnormally high heartbeat that comes on without warning. Since his surgery, his goal was to maximize his impact on children’s lives. Duy is now a freshman at University of Colorado Boulder studying engineering.

Scott Murray asked Duy what was it that inspired him to give back. Duy shared that his mom had been speaking with a family during his surgery who had been in the hospital for a month with their child.

“I was one of the lucky ones, who healed quickly,” said Duy. “I understood why I had to endure what happened to me, and I wanted to give back.”

When Murray asked him what his message would be to the audience, Duy responded, “We are all here today because it was meant to be. We are doing what our life purpose is – to give back.” He concluded, “Keep doing what you’re doing.”

The Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP was among the first to begin celebrating National Philanthropy Day in 1981. AFP Chapters involve more than 28,000 individuals celebrating philanthropy each year.

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), an individual member association, advances philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs.  AFP members and affiliates enable people and organizations to better serve diverse communities and society as a whole.  AFP represents 28,248 members in 172 chapters throughout the world.  Visit afpdallas.org, call 214-354-8742, or email afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.

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National Philanthropy Day Luncheon - Nov. 8 Harry S. Moss Trust to be honored at Outstanding Foundation

 

34th Annual  National Philanthropy Day Luncheon "The Stars of Texas" Recognizes Dallas’ Most Extraordinary Philanthropists, Volunteers, and Fundraising Professionals

 

The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will honor the Harry S. Moss Trust, as the 2019 Outstanding Foundation at the 34th annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon “The Stars of Texas.” This annual event is Dallas’ National Philanthropy Day celebration – bringing together area nonprofits, volunteers, funders, foundations, business and community members to honor this city’s finest who give selflessly in support of numerous worthy causes – on Friday, November 8, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Outstanding Foundation -- Harry S. Moss Trust, Bank of America N.A., Trustee, nominated by UT Southwestern Medical Center, supports the prevention and cure of heart disease in Texas, particularly in Dallas. When the late Harry S. Moss -- founder and president of Moss Petroleum and Dallas civic leader for 45 years -- survived a heart attack in the 1960s, he made a commitment to support medical research. The first grant to UT Southwestern in 1973 created the Harry S. Moss Heart Center, for healing, innovation, discovery and educating the next generation of cardiovascular providers and investigators. The Trust has contributed more than $41 million to UT Southwestern in support of endowed faculty chairs, funding for equipment and special projects. The Trust has funded groundbreaking studies, such as the development of cholesterol-lowering, life-saving statin drugs based on the research of Nobel Laureates Drs. Michael Brown and Joseph Goldstein, as well as the development of a world-renowned cardiothoracic transplantation program under the leadership of Dr. Michael Jessen. Additionally, the Trust has provided funds to nonprofits advancing awareness, working to prevent suffering, and bringing assistance to those who are victims of heart disease. It has helped Children’s Health build state-of-the-art facilities, acquire life-saving equipment, and advance the study of pediatric heart-related conditions. The Trust has supported children with medical issues attending Camp John Marc and has awarded significant grants to American Heart Association, Texas Health Resources Foundation, Methodist Health System Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation-Greater Dallas Chapter.

“UT Southwestern Medical Center has developed a global reputation as a preeminent center for cardiovascular research and patient care, which would not have been possible without the decades of support of the Harry S. Moss Trust,” said Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D., president, UT Southwestern. “This remarkable support has undoubtedly accelerated UT Southwestern’s efforts to translate breakthroughs in the laboratory into new treatments for patients battling cardiovascular disease.”

Luncheon Chair Janet Sherlip announces the additional 2019 honorees:

Outstanding Philanthropist Donna Wilhelm, nominated by the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, is a mission-driven philanthropist who has contributed more than $10 million to local, national, and international organizations, supporting direct capacity building and targeting strategic innovation.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Michal Powell, nominated by The Salvation Army North Texas Command, is a passionate fundraiser for faith-based, medical, and humanitarian causes.

Outstanding Fundraising Executive Cindy Scott, CFRE, nominated by Parkland Foundation, has over 30 years of fundraising experience, benefiting the people of Dallas and beyond.

Outstanding Corporation Texas Capital Bank, nominated by Parkland Foundation, is dedicated to helping communities prosper by investing time, talent, and resources while making long-term strategic investments within three areas: education, health/wellness, and community revitalization.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Ashlyn Duy, nominated by Children’s Medical Center Foundation, is a former patient and loyal supporter of Children’s Health who has raised a total of $31,170 in four Red Balloon Children Helping Children Tennis Tournaments, benefiting pediatric cancer research and programs.

The Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP was among the first to begin celebrating National Philanthropy Day in 1985.  Today, more than 500 attend the luncheon which includes AFP members and community leaders.  National Philanthropy Day celebrates the great contributions philanthropy, and those who work in the philanthropic process, make to our community. AFP Chapters involve more than 28,000 individuals in celebrating philanthropy each year. 

The AFP Dallas Chapter sponsor is Texas Capital Bank. Luncheon Sponsors to date are Philanthropy Sponsors ($5,000):  Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center, co-sponsors of the Outstanding Foundation Award; and Community Sponsors ($2,500): Children’s Health; KERA and World Affairs Council, co-sponsors.

The luncheon will be emceed by longtime partner Scott Murray of Murray Media, an in-kind sponsor of the luncheon. Murray Media produces the luncheon videos featuring the accomplishments of each award recipient. 

“National Philanthropy Day is a day to remember and recognize the impact philanthropy – charitable giving, volunteering and engagement – has made in our world,” said Luncheon Chair Janet Sherlip. “This day was first celebrated nationally in 1986 in the U.S. with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan.  We hope you will join us in paying tribute to those who make the city of Dallas such a vibrant philanthropic community.”

Luncheon tickets are $95, $950 for a table of 10, and $1,250 for a premium table of 10.  For tickets and sponsorships, visit afpdallas.org or contact Madeleine Crouch at 972-233-9107, ext. 204, afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.

                                                                                                                                                 

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), an individual member association, advances philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs.  AFP members and affiliates enable people and organizations to better serve diverse communities and society as a whole.  AFP represents 28,248 members in 172 chapters throughout the world.  Visit afpdallas.org, call 214-354-8742, or email afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.

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National Philanthropy Day Luncheon - Nov. 8 Texas Capital Bank will be honored with the Outstanding Corporation Award

34th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon “The Stars of Texas” Recognizes Dallas’ Most Extraordinary Philanthropists, Volunteers, and Fundraising Professionals

The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will honor Texas Capital Bank as the 2019 Outstanding Corporation at the 34th annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon “The Stars of Texas.” This annual event is Dallas’ National Philanthropy Day celebration – bringing together area nonprofits, volunteers, funders, foundations, business and community members to honor this city’s finest who give selflessly in support of numerous worthy causes – on Friday, November 8, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Nominated by Parkland Foundation, Texas Capital Bank is dedicated to helping communities prosper by investing time, talent, and resources while making long-term strategic investments within three areas: education, health/wellness, and community revitalization. Since the inception of its charitable giving program, Texas Capital Bank has supported more than 100 charitable nonprofits throughout Texas. Gifts include: $500,000 for health education conference space at the Moody Center for Breast Health and $250,000 for patient and family space at Parkland; $1 million to launch the Woodall Rogers Park Foundation, resulting in Klyde Warren Park; $36,000 to VNA Meals on Wheels for a day of meals for 4,500 in Dallas County (resulting in a grant providing another 20,000 meals in all five of Texas Capital Bank’s markets); $103,000 to North Texas Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry, serving 13 counties; and $15,000 for three playgrounds for Educational First Steps. Identifying West Dallas as an area in need of services, Texas Capital Bank funded the Trinity Groves workforce development/job training program and hosts an ESL class for the community in the new banking center in conjunction with Literacy Instruction in Texas (LIFT). In 2018 Texas Capital Bank received D CEO magazine’s inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Award, and two community partners, Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas and EVERFI, bestowed honors on the bank. Additionally, the city of Houston issued a proclamation for “Texas Capital Bank Day,” following the bank’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. In 2018 alone, more than $2.4 million in gifts were provided to more than 120 nonprofits, and bank employees volunteered more than 12,000 hours on 81 projects.

“Texas Capital Bank’s purpose is to power prosperity in business and in life,” said Keith Cargill, President and CEO of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. and Texas Capital Bank. “My colleagues and I have always been committed to serving our clients and our community with excellence, in the spirit of partnership. So, we thank our partners who nominated us for this distinguished honor, as well as the many dedicated nonprofits and individuals who work tirelessly every day to empower others.”

Luncheon Chair Janet Sherlip announces the additional 2019 honorees:

Outstanding Philanthropist Donna Wilhelm, nominated by the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, is a mission-driven philanthropist who has contributed more than $10 million to local, national, and international organizations, supporting direct capacity building and targeting strategic innovation.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Michal Powell, nominated by The Salvation Army North Texas Command, is a passionate fundraiser for faith-based, medical, and humanitarian causes.

Outstanding Foundation -- Harry S. Moss Trust, Bank of America N.A., Trustee, nominated by UT Southwestern Medical Center, supports the prevention and cure of heart disease in Texas, particularly in Dallas.

Outstanding Fundraising Executive Cindy Scott, CFRE, nominated by Parkland Foundation, has over 30 years of fundraising experience, benefiting the people of Dallas and beyond.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Ashlyn Duy, nominated by Children’s Medical Center Foundation, is a former patient and loyal supporter of Children’s Health who has raised a total of $31,170 in four Red Balloon Children Helping Children Tennis Tournaments, benefiting pediatric cancer research and programs.

The Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP was among the first to begin celebrating National Philanthropy Day in 1985.  Today, more than 500 attend the luncheon which includes AFP members and community leaders.  National Philanthropy Day celebrates the great contributions philanthropy, and those who work in the philanthropic process, make to our community. AFP Chapters involve more than 28,000 individuals in celebrating philanthropy each year. 

The AFP Dallas Chapter sponsor is Texas Capital Bank. Luncheon Sponsors to date are Philanthropy Sponsors ($5,000):  Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center, co-sponsors of the Outstanding Foundation Award; and Community Sponsors ($2,500): Children’s Health; KERA and World Affairs Council, co-sponsors.

The luncheon will be emceed by longtime partner Scott Murray of Murray Media, an in-kind sponsor of the luncheon. Murray Media produces the luncheon videos featuring the accomplishments of each award recipient. 

“National Philanthropy Day is a day to remember and recognize the impact philanthropy – charitable giving, volunteering and engagement – has made in our world,” said Luncheon Chair Janet Sherlip. “This day was first celebrated nationally in 1986 in the U.S. with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan.  We hope you will join us in paying tribute to those who make the city of Dallas such a vibrant philanthropic community.”

Luncheon tickets are $95, $950 for a table of 10, and $1,250 for a premium table of 10.  For tickets and sponsorships, visit afpdallas.org or contact Madeleine Crouch at 972-233-9107, ext. 204, afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.                                                                              

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), an individual member association, advances philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs.  AFP members and affiliates enable people and organizations to better serve diverse communities and society as a whole.  AFP represents 28,248 members in 172 chapters throughout the world.  Visit afpdallas.org, call 214-354-8742, or email afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.

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National Philanthropy Day Luncheon - Nov. 8 Michal Powell will be honored as the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

 

The 34th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon "The Stars of Texas" Recognizes Dallas’ Most Extraordinary Philanthropists, Volunteers, and Fundraising Professionals

The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will honor Michal Powell, of the Park Cities, as the 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser at the 34th annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon “The Stars of Texas.” This annual event is Dallas’ National Philanthropy Day celebration – bringing together area nonprofits, volunteers, funders, foundations, business and community members to honor this city’s finest who give selflessly in support of numerous worthy causes – on Friday, November 8, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Nominated by The Salvation Army North Texas Command, Michal Powell is a passionate fundraiser for faith-based, medical, and humanitarian causes. As a Salvation Army advisory board member since 2013, she helped develop key strategies resulting in a 10-year vision plan and new initiatives serving over 100,000 people annually. Currently, she oversees fundraising efforts of various committees. When the Red Kettle fundraising fell short of its 2018 goal, Powell spearheaded a board campaign, closing the gap. Additionally, she has served as the Honorary Chairman of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Fashion Show and Chair for The Salvation Army’s Annual Luncheon, where she not only engaged new donors but also secured an anonymous donor to match donations made during the luncheon, which raised $1.2 million. A dedicated member of The Crystal Charity Ball since 2003, she served as ball chairman in 2015, raising more than $6.8 million – a new fundraising record, benefiting 11 children’s charities. She has chaired the Camp John Marc annual campaign for camper scholarships, the Council for Life Luncheon, the Equest Luncheon, the C.A.R.E. Breakfast and co-chaired the 2018 Celebrating Women Luncheon. Powell also serves on the Baylor Health Care System Foundation Board, the Bullock Texas State History Museum Foundation Board and is a member of The Sweetheart Ball, Charter 100, Vital Minds, and the Dallas Woman’s Club. Alongside her husband, Loyd, she is an active member of the Men of Nehemiah, a ministry and recovery program for men.  They are members of Park Cities Baptist Church. 

“Michal Powell believes in compassionate Christian values, women’s empowerment, children’s health and well-being, and research-based medical advancement,” said Major Jonathan Rich, The Salvation Army North Texas Area Commander. “These values are evident in her ongoing passion for fundraising and creating awareness of the many organizations to which she dedicates her time and resources.”

Luncheon Chair Janet Sherlip announces the additional 2019 honorees:

Outstanding Philanthropist Donna Wilhelm, nominated by the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, is a mission-driven philanthropist who has contributed more than $10 million to local, national, and international organizations, supporting direct capacity building and targeting strategic innovation.

Outstanding Foundation -- Harry S. Moss Trust, Bank of America N.A., Trustee, nominated by UT Southwestern Medical Center, supports the prevention and cure of heart disease in Texas, particularly in Dallas.

Outstanding Fundraising Executive Cindy Scott, CFRE, nominated by Parkland Foundation, has over 30 years of fundraising experience, benefiting the people of Dallas and beyond.

Outstanding Corporation Texas Capital Bank, nominated by Parkland Foundation, is dedicated to helping communities prosper by investing time, talent, and resources while making long-term strategic investments within three areas: education, health/wellness, and community revitalization.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Ashlyn Duy, nominated by Children’s Medical Center Foundation, is a former patient and loyal supporter of Children’s Health who has raised a total of $31,170 in four Red Balloon Children Helping Children Tennis Tournaments, benefiting pediatric cancer research and programs.

The Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP was among the first to begin celebrating National Philanthropy Day in 1985.  Today, more than 500 attend the luncheon which includes AFP members and community leaders.  National Philanthropy Day celebrates the great contributions philanthropy, and those who work in the philanthropic process, make to our community. AFP Chapters involve more than 28,000 individuals in celebrating philanthropy each year. 

The AFP Dallas Chapter sponsor is Texas Capital Bank. Luncheon Sponsors to date are Philanthropy Sponsors ($5,000):  Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center, co-sponsors of the Outstanding Foundation Award; and Community Sponsors ($2,500): Children’s Health; KERA and World Affairs Council, co-sponsors.

The luncheon will be emceed by longtime partner Scott Murray of Murray Media, an in-kind sponsor of the luncheon. Murray Media produces the luncheon videos featuring the accomplishments of each award recipient. 

“National Philanthropy Day is a day to remember and recognize the impact philanthropy – charitable giving, volunteering and engagement – has made in our world,” said Luncheon Chair Janet Sherlip. “This day was first celebrated nationally in 1986 in the U.S. with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan.  We hope you will join us in paying tribute to those who make the city of Dallas such a vibrant philanthropic community.”

Luncheon tickets are $95, $950 for a table of 10, and $1,250 for a premium table of 10.  For tickets and sponsorships, visit afpdallas.org or contact Madeleine Crouch at 972-233-9107, ext. 204, afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), an individual member association, advances philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs.  AFP members and affiliates enable people and organizations to better serve diverse communities and society as a whole.  AFP represents 28,248 members in 172 chapters throughout the world.  Visit afpdallas.org, call 214-354-8742, or email afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.

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National Philanthropy Day Luncheon - Nov. 8 Donna Wilhelm of Preston Hollow Named Outstanding Philanthropist

 

Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon  The Stars of Texas"  Recognizes Dallas’ Most Extraordinary Philanthropists, Volunteers, and Fundraising Professionals

 

The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will honor Preston Hollow Resident Donna Wilhelm as the 2019 Outstanding Philanthropist and North Dallas Resident Cindy Scott, CFRE, as the 2019 Outstanding Fundraising Executive at the 34th annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon “The Stars of Texas.” This annual event is Dallas’ National Philanthropy Day celebration – bringing together area nonprofits, volunteers, funders, foundations, business and community members to honor this city’s finest who give selflessly in support of numerous worthy causes – on Friday, November 8, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Outstanding Philanthropist Donna Wilhelm, nominated by the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, is a mission-driven philanthropist who has contributed more than $10 million to local, national, and international organizations, supporting direct capacity building and targeting strategic innovation. With a focus on arts, culture, and education, she has directed significant investments to KERA, TACA, the AT&T Performing Arts Center, The SMU Meadows School of Arts, and the World Affairs Council. Some highlights of her philanthropy work include: founder and initiating donor of KERA’s Art & Seek; a founding donor of the National Center for Arts Research (SMU DataArts); creator of an endowment for a research scholar at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and supporter of diversity scholarships; life trustee and sustainer of new works at Dallas Theater Center; TACA board chair for three years and initiator and funder of the New Works Fund – a stimulant of new works of music, dance, and theater in Dallas County; supporter of the Nasher Sculpture Prize; a founding family of The Dallas Performing Arts Foundation; one of the largest supporters of the World Affairs Council; and a supporter of Connec-Teach, providing educational initiatives dedicated to India’s slum children and other developing countries. Wilhelm has received the TITAS Tom Adams Award, the Bruce Wood Dance inaugural Bruce Award, KERA North Texas Broadcasting recognition awards, and she is a 2016 SMU Meadows at the Meyerson honoree. The publication of her memoir, “A Life of My Own,” is scheduled for release in November 2019. 

“Donna Wilhelm’s generosity, coupled with her understanding of an organization’s needs and her ability to guide and motivate all of an organization’s stakeholders, is what makes her truly unique,” said Jim Falk, CFRE, World Affairs Council. “Known as a change agent, she understands the meaning of philanthropy and is widely respected in Dallas and beyond for her visionary leadership, strategic innovation and unwavering commitment to bold projects that enrich our community.”

Outstanding Fundraising Executive Cindy Scott, CFRE, nominated by Parkland Foundation, has over 30 years of fundraising experience, benefiting the people of Dallas and beyond. In her first 15 professional years, Scott served at the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas as campaign division director, communications specialist, and director of marketing. As the first female vice president of development, she concluded her tenure at United Way by leading the development team to top the $50 million mark for the first time in the annual campaign. Over a seven-year period as a major gift officer at Children’s Health, she raised millions of dollars for the wePromise expansion campaign, most notably achieving two seven-figure gifts, one for a new pediatric cancer center and one for a family-oriented obesity program. Since joining The Parkland Foundation in 2002, she has served as senior development officer and was an important contributor to the success of the $150 million I Stand for Parkland capital campaign as well as the new Moody Center for Breast Health, which exceeded its $40 million fundraising goal. Additionally, she was instrumental in the creation of the Physician Society to preserve excellence in education, innovation and patient care. For ten years, she has been an active member of the AFP Dallas Chapter and participated in numerous conferences for AFP and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. She has held her Certified Fundraising Executive certification for 10 years. A servant leader, Scott enjoys volunteering with the Boy Scouts, Metrocrest Services, her church, and her alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis.

“Since 2011, I’ve enjoyed working with Cindy on two Parkland Foundation initiatives, and she has that rare gift of making every prospective donor feel at ease and their contribution vital to a campaign’s success,” said Joe Dealey, Jr., President, The Joe M. & Doris R. Dealey Family Foundation. “Her professional achievement, personal commitment to the values of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and dedication to the profession make her a worthy recipient of this honor.”

Luncheon Chair Janet Sherlip announces the additional 2019 honorees:

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Michal Powell, nominated by The Salvation Army North Texas Command, is a passionate fundraiser for faith-based, medical, and humanitarian causes.

Outstanding Foundation -- Harry S. Moss Trust, Bank of America N.A., Trustee, nominated by UT Southwestern Medical Center, supports the prevention and cure of heart disease in Texas, particularly in Dallas.

Outstanding Corporation Texas Capital Bank, nominated by Parkland Foundation, is dedicated to helping communities prosper by investing time, talent, and resources while making long-term strategic investments within three areas: education, health/wellness, and community revitalization.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Ashlyn Duy, nominated by Children’s Medical Center Foundation, is a former patient and loyal supporter of Children’s Health who has raised a total of $31,170 in four Red Balloon Children Helping Children Tennis Tournaments, benefiting pediatric cancer research and programs.

The Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP was among the first to begin celebrating National Philanthropy Day in 1985.  Today, more than 500 attend the luncheon which includes AFP members and community leaders.  National Philanthropy Day celebrates the great contributions philanthropy, and those who work in the philanthropic process, make to our community. AFP Chapters involve more than 28,000 individuals in celebrating philanthropy each year. 

The AFP Dallas Chapter sponsor is Texas Capital Bank. Luncheon Sponsors to date are Philanthropy Sponsors ($5,000):  Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center, co-sponsors of the Outstanding Foundation Award; and Community Sponsors ($2,500): Children’s Health; KERA and World Affairs Council, co-sponsors.

The luncheon will be emceed by longtime partner Scott Murray of Murray Media, an in-kind sponsor of the luncheon. Murray Media produces the luncheon videos featuring the accomplishments of each award recipient. 

“National Philanthropy Day is a day to remember and recognize the impact philanthropy – charitable giving, volunteering and engagement – has made in our world,” said Luncheon Chair Janet Sherlip. “This day was first celebrated nationally in 1986 in the U.S. with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan.  We hope you will join us in paying tribute to those who make the city of Dallas such a vibrant philanthropic community.”

Luncheon tickets are $95, $950 for a table of 10, and $1,250 for a premium table of 10.  For tickets and sponsorships, visit afpdallas.org or contact Madeleine Crouch at 972-233-9107, ext. 204, afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.

                                                                                                                                             

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), an individual member association, advances philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs.  AFP members and affiliates enable people and organizations to better serve diverse communities and society as a whole.  AFP represents 28,248 members in 172 chapters throughout the world.  Visit afpdallas.org, call 214-354-8742, or email afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.

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National Philanthropy Day Luncheon - Nov. 8 2019 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Ashlyn Duy

Duy Will Be Honored at 34th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon “The Stars of Texas”

Annual Luncheon Recognizes Dallas’ Most Extraordinary Philanthropists, Volunteers, and Fundraising Professionals

The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will honor Ashlyn Duy, 18, of Lakewood, as the 2019 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy at the 34th annual luncheon “The Stars of Texas.” This annual event is Dallas’ National Philanthropy Day celebration – bringing together area nonprofits, volunteers, funders, foundations, business and community members to honor this city’s finest who give selflessly in support of numerous worthy causes – on Friday, November 8, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Within months of undergoing lifesaving heart surgery at the age of 13, Ashlyn Duy, an avid tennis player and freshman in high school at Bishop Lynch, returned to the courts to raise funds for a cause close to his newly improved heart. The event was the Red Balloon Children Helping Children Tennis Tournament, benefiting pediatric cancer research and programs at Children’s Health, where months earlier Duy had received heart surgery for tachycardia, an abnormally high heartbeat that comes on without warning.  He had felt his heart race since he was 10, but his condition was not diagnosed until age 13. Since his surgery, his goal was to maximize his impact on children’s lives. 

“When I was first invited to participate in 2015, I honestly felt like it was meant to be - everything had come full circle,” said Duy. “A regular sense of nervousness of playing in a tournament was tempered by a newfound sense of purpose that I had fulfilled in the weeks leading up to it,” added Duy.  “It felt like I had accomplished something before even going onto the court!”

Throughout his high school years, Duy committed himself to the tournament, leveraging his peer-to-peer personal fundraising page to raise awareness, collect donations, and inspire others, and he quadrupled his fundraising results during his senior year. As a participant and fundraiser in the tournament, Duy raised a total of $31,170 for the cause. He was nominated by Children’s Health as the 2019 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy and will be honored on Friday, November 8 at the 34th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency at Reunion. 

The tournament, which was started in 1991 by another grateful patient family, brings in 500 young tennis players per year to participate and support patients at Children’s Health. The event takes place in September and has raised more than $3.2 million since 1991 for pediatric cancer research and programs.

“My connection with Children’s reinforced within me the notion of not only working hard for the good of others, but also keeping in mind the connections that all people share with one another - as simple as being united by the benefits of medicine - and the importance of giving back.” 

Duy, now 18 and a freshman studying engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, was a National Merit Commended Scholar and valedictorian. He received multiple honors and served in leadership roles not only in high school but also in the community, where he mentored youth tennis players on the autism spectrum and provided them with opportunities for social interaction. Duy has been mentoring his younger sister Abigael to take over the fundraising and continue the Duy family’s legacy.

“Ashlyn’s enthusiasm and creativity have been evident from the start of his involvement with the tennis tournament,” said Brent Christopher, President, Children’s Medical Center Foundation. “He draws deeply from his own connection to Children’s Health and inspires everyone around him.  Ashlyn is the consummate fundraiser, accessing friends and family through personal letters, utilizing social media and personal fundraising pages, and visiting with neighbors. He embodies the generous spirit of our community, demonstrating that the desire to give back is infectious!”

“I am greatly honored to receive the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award,” said Duy.  “I am proud of my four years both playing and fundraising for Children’s, and I hope the award will draw even greater attention and attendance to the tournament to further the cause.”

Luncheon Chair Janet Sherlip announces the additional 2019 honorees:

Outstanding Philanthropist Donna Wilhelm, nominated by the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, is a mission-driven philanthropist who has contributed more than $10 million to local, national, and international organizations, supporting direct capacity building and targeting strategic innovation.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Michal Powell, nominated by The Salvation Army North Texas Command, is a passionate fundraiser for faith-based, medical, and humanitarian causes.

Outstanding Foundation -- Harry S. Moss Trust, Bank of America N.A., Trustee, nominated by UT Southwestern Medical Center, supports the prevention and cure of heart disease in Texas, particularly in Dallas.

Outstanding Corporation Texas Capital Bank, nominated by Parkland Foundation, is dedicated to helping communities prosper by investing time, talent, and resources while making long-term strategic investments within three areas: education, health/wellness, and community revitalization.

Outstanding Fundraising Executive Cindy Scott, CFRE, nominated by Parkland Foundation, has over 30 years of fundraising experience, benefiting the people of Dallas and beyond.

The Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP was among the first to begin celebrating National Philanthropy Day in 1985.  Today, more than 500 attend the luncheon which includes AFP members and community leaders.  National Philanthropy Day celebrates the great contributions philanthropy, and those who work in the philanthropic process, make to our community. AFP Chapters involve more than 28,000 individuals in celebrating philanthropy each year. 

The AFP Dallas Chapter sponsor is Texas Capital Bank. Luncheon Sponsors to date are Philanthropy Sponsors ($5,000):  UT Southwestern Medical Center and Southwestern Medical Foundation, co-sponsors of the Outstanding Foundation Award; and Community Sponsors ($2,500): Children’s Health; KERA and World Affairs Council, co-sponsors.

The luncheon will be emceed by longtime partner Scott Murray of Murray Media, an in-kind sponsor of the luncheon. Murray Media produces the luncheon videos featuring the accomplishments of each award recipient. 

“National Philanthropy Day is a day to remember and recognize the impact philanthropy – charitable giving, volunteering and engagement – has made in our world,” said Luncheon Chair Janet Sherlip. “This day was first celebrated nationally in 1986 in the U.S. with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan.  We hope you will join us in paying tribute to those who make the city of Dallas such a vibrant philanthropic community.”

Luncheon tickets are $95, $950 for a table of 10, and $1,250 for a premium table of 10.  For tickets and sponsorships, visit afpdallas.org or contact Madeleine Crouch at 972-233-9107, ext. 204, afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.                                                                                                 

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), an individual member association, advances philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs.  AFP members and affiliates enable people and organizations to better serve diverse communities and society as a whole.  AFP represents 28,248 members in 172 chapters throughout the world.  Visit afpdallas.org, call 214-354-8742, or email afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.

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33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon Award Recipients: front: Isabella Dickason, Quinn Graves, Trevor Godkin, Stella Wrubel of Jingle Bell Mistletoe (Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy); Kaki Hopkins (Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser); Luanne Samuel (Outstanding Fundraising Executive). Back: AFP Greater Dallas Chapter President Sarah Elliott; Joe Dealey Jr. (Outstanding Foundation); Luncheon Chair William Bryant, Jr.; Jack Furst, (Outstanding Philanthropist); and David Mize, chapter sponsor with South Texas Money Management (not pictured – Pioneer Natural Resources)

Over 500 gathered at the Hyatt Regency Dallas on November 9 for the 33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, “Stories Worth Telling,” honoring many of the city’s finest who give selflessly in support of numerous worthy causes. The Booker T. Washington High School Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Combo set the stage for an inspirational and heartwarming afternoon as guests entered the ballroom for the sold-out luncheon. Chaired by William Bryant, this year’s award luncheon honored Jack Furst (Bartonville/Flower Mound) (nominated by Boy Scouts of America), as Outstanding Philanthropist; Kaki Hopkins (of Preston Hollow) (nominated by the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden)as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; Luanne Samuel (of Plano) (nominated by Alcuin School) as Outstanding Fundraising Executive; the Joe M. and Doris R. Dealey Family Foundation (nominated by Texas Health Resources Foundation)as Outstanding Foundation; Pioneer Natural Resources (Irving) (nominated by Dallas CASA and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity) as Outstanding Corporation; and Jingle Bell Mistletoe - Stella Wrubel (Park Cities), Quinn Graves (Preston Hollow), Isabella Dickason (North Dallas), and Trevor Godkin (Preston Hollow) (nominated by North Texas Food Bank)as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy.

AFP Chapter President Sarah Elliott recognized chapter sponsor South Texas Money Management (STMM); presenting sponsor Murray Media; luncheon sponsor Boy Scouts of America; award sponsors Alcuin School, Boy Scouts of America, Chick-fil-A Foundation, ClubCorp, Texas Capital Bank, Texas Health Resources; community sponsors M. Gale & Associates, LLC, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; and reception sponsor The Color of Money.

Rodney D. Bullard, Vice President of Community Affairs for Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, and author of “Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out” spoke to the crowd, encouraging them to rise to the occasion, become a superhero, and change the world.

During the luncheon, a special tribute presented by Carole Rylander honored three legends of philanthropy that passed away in 2018: Ruth Altshuler, Barbara James and Margaret McDermott.  “These three legends of philanthropy were three very distinct individuals, but all were known for their humor, wit, and wisdom, and their ability to put people at ease and relate to them as individuals,” added Rylander. “They were all loyal to the institutions they supported and had a deep love for the community.”

The luncheon was emceed by longtime supporter Scott Murray.  Murray Media, presenting sponsor of the luncheon, produced the luncheon videos featuring the accomplishments of each award recipient.  Kaki Hopkins, recipient of the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award, summed up the joy and purpose of the occasion, beginning her acceptance video speech with the question, “What is the phenomenon that brings volunteers together to do good work? For sure such work adds to our sense of purpose. But today’s celebration and these awards are about a phenomenon called philanthropy, which Webster defines most briefly as love of mankind.”  She concluded, “In the end, it’s a concern for people of the community that motivates most philanthropists. We all make contributions to our community in various ways.  Some make a phone call to a prospective supporter, and some answer the call. Whatever end of that call you might find yourself on, you can remember that your role in that transaction has an even higher purpose: it’s love of mankind and, to bring Webster’s definition a little closer to home, it’s love for our community.”

As is tradition with this luncheon, Murray concluded the luncheon with a brief visit with the Youth in Philanthropy award recipients following the presentation of that award.  The four seventh graders – all part of the Mistlecrew of Jingle Bell Mistletoe were honored for their work selling mistletoe during the holidays since 2014. To date the group has raised nearly $150,000 for the North Texas Food Bank to feed the hungry. Scott asked the group’s founder, Stella Wrubel, what she would do to change the world if she could.  She answered, “I love food, and I hate that so many others don’t have any.  It’s such a terrible problem, and I would like to end hunger.” While the goal of Jingle Bell Mistletoe is to feed the hungry, their dream is that others will in their footsteps and find ways they can give back. The group announced they will be selling mistletoe from December 20-23 at Highland Park Village.

The Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP was among the first to begin celebrating National Philanthropy Day in 1981.  AFP Chapters involve more than 28,000 individuals in celebrating philanthropy each year.  Next year’s event is scheduled for Friday, November 8.

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The 2018 MISTLECREW Trevor Godkin, Stella Wrubel, Quinn Graves, and Isabella Dickason have been hard at work preparing for this year's mistletoe sales Dec. 20-23 at Highland Park Village, in front of Royal Blue Grocery

 

The 33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, hosted by the Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, honors some of Dallas’ most outstanding philanthropists and volunteers 

Over the past four years, the mighty Mistlecrew, which consists of Stella Wrubel, 12, Quinn Graves, 13, Trevor Godkin, 13, Isabella Dickason, 13, has put nearly 300,000 nutritious meals on the tables of hungry North Texans by selling mistletoe in the winter.  On November 9, the group will be honored with the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award, at the 33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon “Stories Worth Telling,” 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Reunion Ballroom. This annual event celebrates Dallas’ National Philanthropy Day, bringing together area nonprofits, volunteers, funders, foundations, business and community members to honor many of this city’s finest who give selflessly in support of numerous worthy causes.

Nominated by The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), the Mistlecrew is already hard at work for this season’s effort planning this year’s mistletoe sales December 20-23, at Highland Park Village, in front of Royal Blue Grocery. The mistletoe campaign first began in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy struck New York City.  Then 6-year-old Stella Wrubel wanted to help her friends and family on the East Coast but was not sure what a kid could do.  Her parents suggested a lemonade stand, but Wrubel had a different idea: decorate mistletoe with bows and bells and sell it in the front yard. That first year she raised $2,034 for the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief.  In 2013 she recruited more friends and raised $8,421. 

After Wrubel and her friend Quinn Graves were introduced to NTFB, and they discovered how the organization helped children their own age, their bond with the NTFB was sealed. That next year the duo was more energized than ever to help fight hunger, and they formed a multi-generational team that cut down and sold even more mistletoe. In December 2014, they set up stands in Highland Park Village and raised $18,000. From 2015-2017, the kids in the red hats raised $131,081.57, providing 393,245 meals. Every fall, the fab four are dedicated to planning, organizing and implementing this fundraising model. It is their goal that children all over the country will follow their lead and sell mistletoe in front of grocery stores helping fight hunger nationwide. Together in 2017, the mistlecrew raised over $60,000 to provide 180,000 nutritious meals to hungry children, families and seniors. The goal for 2018 is $70,000, and they are already deep into preparations to beat their goal.

The Jingle Bell Mistletoe Campaign is an innovative approach to empowering children to lead the fight against hunger in North Texas. Utilizing social media during mistletoe season, the group encourages people to post selfies with their mistletoe purchases and the hashtag #KissAndTella. Additionally, they collect donations online and via a text-to-donate service. As the fundraiser grows annually, the group recruits more friends to help with sales. They hope their fundraising model will be replicated by other children, and they encourage their peers to find other ways to give back. 

Godkin (Preston Hollow resident) and Dickason (North Dallas resident) are both students at Parish Episcopal School; Wrubel (Park Cities resident) attends Hockaday; and Graves (Preston Hollow resident) attends The Greenhill School.

“These passionate kids are committed to making a difference with the audacious attitude that nothing can stop them, and nothing has,” said Jeffrey King, associate director of individual giving, NTFB. “We are honored to count them as a friend and partner in our mission and the belief that one meal makes a difference.”

The luncheon, which is sponsored by South Texas Money Management (STMM), will honor five additional recipients:

Outstanding Philanthropist Jack Furst, nominated by the Boy Scouts of America, gives his time, talent and treasure quietly and without hesitation to make the world a better place.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Kaki Hopkins, nominated by the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, has been a dedicated volunteer for almost 40 years for more than 14 organizations – chairing an event a year and often asked to chair the same events multiple times.

Outstanding Foundation Joe M. and Doris R. Dealey Family Foundation, nominated by Texas Health Resources,wasfounded to honor the late Joe and Doris Dealey. Today it carries the family’s philanthropic legacy forward by continuing its support of numerous community organizations and institutions including Texas Health Resources, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas Foundation, Dallas Heritage Village, The Dallas Historical Society, Parkland Foundation, SPCA of Texas, and many more.

Outstanding Corporation Pioneer Natural Resources, nominated by Dallas CASA and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, has created a corporate culture that strives to improve communities and help children succeed in school, the workforce, and life.

Outstanding Fundraising Executive Luanne Samuel, CFRE, nominated by Jana Haigood of the Alcuin School, has over 24 years of fundraising experience.

“Dallas citizens are passionate, driven, and generous volunteers and philanthropists, but that’s not enough,” said Jeanie Wyatt, CFA, STMM’s founder and CEO. “We depend on our nonprofits to meet so many of our city’s most basic needs. With over 1,000 nonprofits throughout Dallas, it’s vital that we have a professional organization, like AFP, helping nonprofit fundraising professionals raise more money and do it in effective and ethical ways.”

The Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP was among the first to begin celebrating National Philanthropy Day in 1981.  Today, over 500 attend the luncheon which includes AFP members and community leaders.  National Philanthropy Day celebrates the great contributions philanthropy, and those who work in the philanthropic process, make to our community. AFP Chapters involve more than 28,000 individuals in celebrating philanthropy each year. 

“STMM is pleased to sponsor the Greater Dallas AFP for the fourth consecutive year,” said Stan Shipley, President and CEO, STMM Family Office.  “AFP upholds the highest ethical fundraising and, importantly, effective fundraising. We are pleased to support AFP chapters around Texas including Austin, Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and the Greater Plains Chapter."

Sponsors to date are: $10,000 (presenting sponsor): South Texas Money Management; $7,500 (luncheon sponsor): Boy Scouts of America; $5,000 (awards sponsors): Boy Scouts of America, Chick-fil-A Foundation, ClubCorp, Texas Capital Bank, Texas Health Resources; $2,500 (community sponsors): M. Gale & Associates, LLC, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; $1,500 (reception sponsor): The Color of Money.

The luncheon is chaired by William Bryant and will be emceed by longtime supporter Scott Murray. Murray Media, in-kind sponsor of the luncheon, produces the luncheon videos featuring the accomplishments of each award recipient.  Rodney D. Bullard, Vice President of Community Affairs for Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, will provide executive remarks.

“National Philanthropy Day is a day to remember and recognize the impact philanthropy – charitable giving, volunteering and engagement – has made in our world,” said Luncheon Chair William Bryant. “This day was first celebrated in 1986 in the U.S. with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan.  We hope you will join us in paying tribute to those who make the city of Dallas such a vibrant philanthropic community.”

Luncheon tickets are $95. For tickets and sponsorships, visit afpdallas.orgorcontactMadeleine Crouch at 972-233-9107, ext. 204, afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.

                                                                                                                                                 

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Luanne Samuel Will be honored Nov. 9 with the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award at Dallas' National Philanthropy Day Celebration

 

33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, hosted by the Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, honors some of Dallas’ most outstanding philanthropists and volunteers 

For over 24 years, Plano resident Luanne Samuel, a resident of Steeplechase in Plano,  has been successfully raising funds – not only in the Dallas area, but also internationally. On November 9, Samuel will be honored with the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award, at the 33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon “Stories Worth Telling,” 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Reunion Ballroom. This annual event celebrates Dallas’ National Philanthropy Day, bringing together area nonprofits, volunteers, funders, foundations, business and community members to honor many of this city’s finest who give selflessly in support of numerous worthy causes.

Nominated by Jana Haigood of the Alcuin School, Samuel began her development career while working for the International School of Geneva, a country without philanthropic tradition and a dislike of solicitations. She created a development position to meet the school’s financial needs, and she has continued her leadership as president of the school’s Ecolint-American Foundation, which she revitalized. She has held high level positions in eight organizations including the Alcuin School, Dallas CASA, International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), and the World Craniofacial Foundation and has raised close to $80 million in form of capital gifts, sponsorships, annual gifts, and grants – resulting in new buildings, purposeful learning spaces, scholarships, protection for abused children and strategic programs.

“One of the most valuable gifts Luanne has given to nonprofits is leaving the organizations in a position to sustain substantial giving in the future,” said Jana Haigood, Alcuin School. “She has established scholarships, given new life to existing scholarships, participated in board member recruitment and created parent and alumni engagement plans at the various schools she has served for the purpose of outreach and solicitation.  Operations of all the places she has served are stronger because of her contributions.”

Samuel’s skills have resulted in expanded donor portfolios for all, including an 83 percent increase in donors for IBO. She has been an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and held multiple leadership positions including president, vice president of public relations and membership and has served as a member of the nominating committee. She is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and a former member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Development Group. Additionally, she served as a member of the AFP International Chapter Support Committee for many years and received her CFRE certification in 2002. She has attended numerous professional conferences and workshops and is a proponent for mentoring, professional development and education. Outside of her development work, she has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care, an active board member of the Northwood Woman’s Club, and a member of the Review Committee for the Governor’s Volunteer Awards for the State of Texas. She gives generously to Alcuin School, AFP, and multiple organizations that are meaningful to her.

The luncheon, which is sponsored by South Texas Money Management (STMM), will honor five additional recipients:

Outstanding Philanthropist Jack Furst, nominated by the Boy Scouts of America, gives his time, talent and treasure quietly and without hesitation to make the world a better place.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Kaki Hopkins, nominated by the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, has been a dedicated volunteer for almost 40 years for more than 14 organizations – chairing an event a year and often asked to chair the same events multiple times.

Outstanding Foundation Joe M. and Doris R. Dealey Family Foundation, nominated by Texas Health Resources, was founded to honor the late Joe and Doris Dealey. Today it carries the family’s philanthropic legacy forward by continuing its support of numerous community organizations and institutions including Texas Health Resources, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas Foundation, Dallas Heritage Village, The Dallas Historical Society, Parkland Foundation, SPCA of Texas, and many more.

Outstanding Corporation Pioneer Natural Resources, nominated by Dallas CASA and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, has created a corporate culture that strives to improve communities and help children succeed in school, the workforce, and life.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Jingle Bell Mistletoe, nominated by The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), has put nearly 300,000 nutritious meals on the tables of hungry North Texans by selling mistletoe in the winter over the past four years.

“Dallas citizens are passionate, driven, and generous volunteers and philanthropists, but that’s not enough,” said Jeanie Wyatt, CFA, STMM’s founder and CEO. “We depend on our nonprofits to meet so many of our city’s most basic needs. With over 1,000 nonprofits throughout Dallas, it’s vital that we have a professional organization, like AFP, helping nonprofit fundraising professionals raise more money and do it in effective and ethical ways.”

The Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP was among the first to begin celebrating National Philanthropy Day in 1981.  Today, over 500 attend the luncheon which includes AFP members and community leaders.  National Philanthropy Day celebrates the great contributions philanthropy, and those who work in the philanthropic process, make to our community. AFP Chapters involve more than 28,000 individuals in celebrating philanthropy each year. 

“STMM is pleased to sponsor the Greater Dallas AFP for the fourth consecutive year,” said Stan Shipley, President and CEO, STMM Family Office.  “AFP upholds the highest ethical fundraising and, importantly, effective fundraising. We are pleased to support AFP chapters around Texas including Austin, Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and the Greater Plains Chapter."

Sponsors to date are: $10,000 (presenting sponsor): South Texas Money Management; $7,500 (luncheon sponsor): Boy Scouts of America; $5,000 (awards sponsors): Boy Scouts of America, Chick-fil-A Foundation, ClubCorp, Texas Capital Bank, Texas Health Resources; $2,500 (community sponsors): M. Gale & Associates, LLC, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; $1,500 (reception sponsor): The Color of Money.

The luncheon is chaired by William Bryant and will be emceed by longtime supporter Scott Murray. Murray Media, in-kind sponsor of the luncheon, produces the luncheon videos featuring the accomplishments of each award recipient.  Rodney D. Bullard, Vice President of Community Affairs for Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, will provide executive remarks.

“National Philanthropy Day is a day to remember and recognize the impact philanthropy – charitable giving, volunteering and engagement – has made in our world,” said Luncheon Chair William Bryant. “This day was first celebrated in 1986 in the U.S. with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan.  We hope you will join us in paying tribute to those who make the city of Dallas such a vibrant philanthropic community.”

Luncheon tickets are $95. For tickets and sponsorships, visit afpdallas.org or contact Madeleine Crouch at 972-233-9107, ext. 204, afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.

                                                                                                                                                 

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Kaki Hopkins - Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Will be honored at the 33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Nov. 9

 

Hosted by the Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon honors some of Dallas’ most outstanding philanthropists and volunteers 

For almost 40 years, Preston Hollow resident Kaki Hopkins has been a dedicated volunteer for more than 14 organizations – chairing an event a year and often asked to chair the same events multiple times. On November 9, Hopkins will be honored with the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award, at the 33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon “Stories Worth Telling,” 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Reunion Ballroom. This annual event celebrates Dallas’ National Philanthropy Day, bringing together area nonprofits, volunteers, funders, foundations, business and community members to honor many of this city’s finest who give selflessly in support of numerous worthy causes.

Nominated by the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Hopkins – a supporter herself – has raised millions of dollars for fundraising events as well as membership drives and campaigns. Additionally, she has held numerous board positions for the organizations she has served, increasing her level of support each year. Organizations that have benefited from her leadership and support include the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas County Medical Society, Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Les Femmes DuMonde, Leukemia Texas, TACA, Vickery Meadow Learning Center (now called Literacy Achieves), and WRR’s Board of Friends. 

Over a period of 18 years for the Opera alone, she conceived and created the Junior Opera Guild, Opera 101, the Operattic Sale, the Fall Fair and Follies, Vintage Dallas, and Six Operas/Six Artists. She also created the First Night Gala celebration of opening night at the Opera. For the Arboretum, she reimagined the Arboretum’s Artscape Fine Arts Festival, creating the Great Contributor to Art Award, which was presented at this year’s gala to Martha Stewart. Hopkins is known and well respected for the strength of her committees, the number of people she engages, and the way she works with each committee member. She works tirelessly compiling new ideas and communicating with her committees and prepares detailed notebooks to guide the following chairs. She has held multiple leadership positions and received many honors.

Elected to the Board of Opera Volunteers International and honored with their Partner in Excellence Award, Hopkins served as vice president of development for her three-year term. Additionally she served as regional chair of the Southwest Division. She served on the founding board of Chiapas International, which was associated with the Grameen Foundation, where she raised money for women in Central and South America to microfinance their start-up businesses. She and her husband Shelton are the recipients of the Dallas Opera Sweethearts award for the greatest contribution to the Opera Company.

“When considering Kaki’s leadership, the word inaugural comes to mind,” said Sarah Warnecke, community volunteer. “She not only accepts a project, she initiates a new and better one or re-envisions the old one.  Meeting goals is not enough for Kaki.  She wants to surpass all expectations.  The ultimate winner in any Kaki-led endeavor is the organization she serves.”

The luncheon, which is sponsored by South Texas Money Management (STMM), will honor five additional recipients:

Outstanding Philanthropist Jack Furst, nominated by the Boy Scouts of America, gives his time, talent and treasure quietly and without hesitation to make the world a better place.

Outstanding Foundation Joe M. and Doris R. Dealey Family Foundation, nominated by Texas Health Resources, was founded to honor the late Joe and Doris Dealey. Today it carries the family’s philanthropic legacy forward by continuing its support of numerous community organizations and institutions including Texas Health Resources, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas Foundation, Dallas Heritage Village, The Dallas Historical Society, Parkland Foundation, SPCA of Texas, and many more.

Outstanding Corporation Pioneer Natural Resources, nominated by Dallas CASA and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, has created a corporate culture that strives to improve communities and help children succeed in school, the workforce, and life.

Outstanding Fundraising Executive Luanne Samuel, CFRE, nominated by Jana Haigood of the Alcuin School, has over 24 years of fundraising experience.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Jingle Bell Mistletoe, nominated by The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), has put nearly 300,000 nutritious meals on the tables of hungry North Texans by selling mistletoe in the winter over the past four years.

“Dallas citizens are passionate, driven, and generous volunteers and philanthropists, but that’s not enough,” said Jeanie Wyatt, CFA, STMM’s founder and CEO. “We depend on our nonprofits to meet so many of our city’s most basic needs. With over 1,000 nonprofits throughout Dallas, it’s vital that we have a professional organization, like AFP, helping nonprofit fundraising professionals raise more money and do it in effective and ethical ways.”

The Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP was among the first to begin celebrating National Philanthropy Day in 1981.  Today, over 500 attend the luncheon which includes AFP members and community leaders.  National Philanthropy Day celebrates the great contributions philanthropy, and those who work in the philanthropic process, make to our community. AFP Chapters involve more than 28,000 individuals in celebrating philanthropy each year. 

“STMM is pleased to sponsor the Greater Dallas AFP for the fourth consecutive year,” said Stan Shipley, President and CEO, STMM Family Office.  “AFP upholds the highest ethical fundraising and, importantly, effective fundraising. We are pleased to support AFP chapters around Texas including Austin, Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and the Greater Plains Chapter."

Sponsors to date are: $10,000 (presenting sponsor): South Texas Money Management; $7,500 (luncheon sponsor): Boy Scouts of America; $5,000 (awards sponsors): Boy Scouts of America, Chick-fil-A Foundation, ClubCorp, Texas Capital Bank, Texas Health Resources; $2,500 (community sponsors): M. Gale & Associates, LLC, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; $1,500 (reception sponsor): The Color of Money.

The luncheon is chaired by William Bryant and will be emceed by longtime supporter Scott Murray. Murray Media, in-kind sponsor of the luncheon, produces the luncheon videos featuring the accomplishments of each award recipient.  Rodney D. Bullard, Vice President of Community Affairs for Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, will provide executive remarks.

“National Philanthropy Day is a day to remember and recognize the impact philanthropy – charitable giving, volunteering and engagement – has made in our world,” said Luncheon Chair William Bryant. “This day was first celebrated in 1986 in the U.S. with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan.  We hope you will join us in paying tribute to those who make the city of Dallas such a vibrant philanthropic community.”

Luncheon tickets are $95. For tickets and sponsorships, visit afpdallas.org or contact Madeleine Crouch at 972-233-9107, ext. 204, afpchapteroffice@afpdallas.org.