2018 National Philanthropy Day
Cape Fear Chapter Announces the Recipients of the 2017 National Philanthropy Day Awards
Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year
Judy is the founder and significant financial supporter of the Girls Leadeship Academy of Wilmington (GLOW). She contributed an essential and generous amount of seed money for the initial years, and leveraged her personal and professional relationships to encourage grants, matching funds, and charitable contributions. She worked tirelessly to raise this money by cultivating friends and strangers, instilling the importance of the GLOW mission. In addition to GLOW, Judy mentors young women in business through the Cameron Executive Network at UNCW. She and her dog, Catalina, also spend time visiting pediatric oncology patiens at NHRMC and reading with local at-risk school children.
Outstanding Student in Philanthropy:
As a student philanthropist, Katie has dedicated endless time and energy working ot he Brunswick Communtiy College Foundation's database, doing research and making phone calls to donors. She not only works behind the scenes, she also attends events and assists at the registration desk checking in attendees. The ability to lead by example shines when she works iwht other students, particular Foundation Student Ambassadors. Her kind sincere demenor and professional approach are key in displaying a trustworthy appearance. This year she was instrumental in increasing an established endowment intoa a six-figure endowment.
Outstanding Philanthropic Organization:
Wells Fargo Bank
The Wilmington district for Wells Fargo made it a focus in 2017 to give as much as possible within our community. There were multiple focuses for impact within our district this year including but not limited to, Teach Children to Save, Stamp Out Hunger, Lumps to Laughter, Ashley Center, Standup for Soliders, the Food Bank of New Hanover County, Diaper Bank, and First Tee. Throughout the year our primary focus has been getting our team out int he community and showing support for different organizations by volunteering our time.
Outstanding Fundraising Executive:
Mary is Development Director for WHQR Public Radio, has been the station employee responsible for operational fundraising activities for the past ten years. During that time sh has excelled as a fundraiser, helping keep the station afloat at a time of managerial crisis in 2008-09, and guiding it to a healthy growth in recent years. "Mary brings tremendous gifts to her role at the station - regularly surpassing her financial goals, serving as an outstanding liaison to the wider community, and skillfully implementing project and personnel management. In some ways what impressed me the most was her unflagging positive nature that allows her to handle trouble spots with great charm and posititve attitude and to handle the (thankfully mroe common) growth opportunties with can-do attitude, respect and compassion others, and a well-earned joy at achieving goals." nominator
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser:
Linda is a selfless individual, putting others, the community and family before herself. As a member of the family whose philanthropy brought abou the beautiful new Wilson Center for the Performaing Arts to Wilmington, Linda has spent her whole life giving back. She is determined that anything she is involved with will be successful and make an impact. Linda chaired Festival of Trees and served on the Board of Directors for Lower Cape Fear Hospice, on the board for the Landfall Foundation, a trustee of Cape Fear Community College, a member of the Cape Fear Community College Foundation board, and the Child Advocacy and Parenting Center. Linda supports and organizes the Berevement Committe at her church, Wrightsville Methodist Church.
Outstanding Fundraising Board of Directors:
Phoenix Hometown Hires
The Phoenix Hometown Hires Board of Directors exhibits exceptional leadership and teamwork through their creation of a fundraising culture, both within the board and throughout the organization. They choose to serve on the Board of Directors and they choose to engage in a spirt of philanthropy, " because it is right and because we can."
Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors
The Comunity Foundation of NC East also provided to the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, Philanthropists of the Year, and Student In Philanthropy, a $500 award to present to their favorite charity.
Past National Philanthropy Day Honorees
PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR
2017 Judy Girard
2016 Bobby Harrelson
2015 Ricky and Diane Benton
2014 Peter Hexter
2013 John Monteith
2012 Reid and Linda Murchison
2011 Tim Milam
2010 Louise Coggins and Dickson Baldridge
2009 Linda and Vance Ferrigno
PHILANTHROPIC ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
2017 Wells Fargo
2016 Live Oak Bank
2015 Junior League of Wilmington, NC
2014 Home Depot Foundation
2013 First Federal Bank
2012 State Employees Credit Union
2011 Wilmington Civitan Chapter
2010 Corning, Inc.
PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISING EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
2017 Mary Bradley, WHQR
2016 Jane Birnbach, CFRE Good Shepherd Center
2015 Bob Jones, CFCC
2014 Vicki Dull, Harrelson Center
2013 Kitty Yerkes, Habitat For Humanity
2012 Melissa Reabold, UWCFA
2011 Diane Lomax, Domestic Violence Shelter
2010 Reed Wallace, Wilmington Symphony
2009 Laurie Taylor, Lower Cape Fear Hospice
VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR
2017 Linda Wilson
2016 Laura Jones
2015 Sandy Spiers
2014 Betsy Leonard
2013 Denise Szaloky
2012 Coach Ronald Watson
2011 Murrie and Teresa Lee
2010 Bo Dean
2009 Beth Pancoe
STUDENT PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR
2017 Katie Evans
2016 No Nominations
2015 Robert Penna-Welch
2014 Drake Harper, Brunswick Community College
2013 Hoggard High School Art Club - Katy Hufham
2012 Michael Castoro, Topsail High Performing Arts
2011 No Nominations
2010 UNCW Chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon
FUNDRAISING BOARD OF THE DIRECTORS OF THE YEAR
2017 Phoenix Hometown Hires
2016 Brunswick Community College Foundation
2015 Cape Fear Community College Foundation
2014 No Nominations
2013 Airlie Gardens Foundation
2012 The Carousel Center for Abused Children
What is National Philanthropy Day:
Philanthropy is “the love of humankind,” and National Philanthropy Day® (NPD)—November 15—is the day that thousands of people around the world come together to both (1) put that word into action and (2) recognize the change that word has brought to our communities.
NPD is a celebration of philanthropy—giving, volunteering and charitable engagement—that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy—and all those involved in the philanthropic process—makes to our society and our world.
National Philanthropy Day® is both an official day and a grassroots movement. Every year, since 1986 when President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed November 15th as National Philanthropy Day®, communities across the globe have celebrated by hosting events to recognize activities of donors, volunteers, foundations, leaders, corporations, and others engaged in philanthropy.