Today, November 1, 2017, is National Philanthropy Day, as declared by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. This morning’s event celebrating the giving spirit of our community was a sellout crowd at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Lakes. David Odahowski, Edyth Bush Foundation Executive Director, is quoted as saying, “Nothing says philanthropy like the Ritz.” Committee members worked hard all year long to make this event the best NPD ever. Proceeds benefit the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Florida Chapter providing service to its membership which draws from Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties.
I had the honor of interviewing honorees for this year awards at the taping at the WUCF facility. The honorees, or the representatives, were asked several questions surrounding their organization and mission. When asked what to look for if they were giving advice on where to give back, over and over again they interviewees talked about finding a passion… a cause that they could really dive into. The organization represented came from a wide range of nonprofit sectors. For example;
- Franklin’s Friends focus is on animal welfare.
- Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic raises money to help with the performance art of the Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Impower Inc has its mission focusing on child welfare and the innovation of telehealth and tele-psychiatry.
- Lighthouse works is focused on employment opportunities for the blind and visually impaired.
- The Victory Cup Initiative is helping local nonprofits learn to tell the story and expand their mission audience.
- Reed Nissan was recognized for their gift-in-kind donation of television advertisement to support local causes. Something most nonprofits simply can’t afford.
- Orlando Health was recognized for their employees’ community in service to ove 199 local nonprofit boards and to their leadership during the 2016 Pulse tragedy.
- Faith- Christina Duncan was honored as the Youth in Philanthropy in her work with the Downs Syndrome Association of Central Florida, showing having Downs Syndrome hasn’t held her back from making a positive impact in the community.
- A Gift For Teach has expanded their impact on local teachers through the innovative Pencil Boy Express bus bring teaching tools and supplies directly to the schools.
And then there was the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Mr. Harvey Massey, whose video described his humble beginnings and how his wife, Carol, his bride of 54 years was his greatest champion. He also talked about giving back. He has a painting in his office of a giant oak tree with massive branch canopy with the quote, “A great man plants seeds of a tree knowing he will never sit in its shade.”
Please see the program for the 2017 National Philanthropy starting on page 125 of the Orange Appeal magazine November/ December edition. Orange Appeal Magazine is a locally operated and woman owned magazine with each issue filled with women to watch representing a diverse range, from the area’s top business leaders to industrious entrepreneurs as well as key players in the nonprofit arena. Much appreciation goes to Christi Ashby, Kate Slentz and their team for their hard work to put together the 2017 November/December Edition. If you don’t receive this magazine, you need to subscribe! Thank you, Orange Appeal Magazine, for your continued support of AFP Central Florida and National Philanthropy.
Today was a great day to celebrate giving.
Noted author and fundraiser, Hank Rosso, called fundraising the gentle art of teach others the joy of giving. Today’s award winners and honorees know the joy of giving.
If you want to cultivate the joy of giving and a culture of philanthropy in your nonprofit, organization, contact me. Let’s talk.