Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board Member, Donna Hoffman, shares her thoughts on volunteerism and the giving spirit of our Central Florida Community. “It feels good to help others. Volunteer efforts are appreciated and rewarding and brings out the very best in us- our kindness and our humanity – an frequently bring out the best in others.” I couldn’t agree more.
Donna knows the joy of giving. Donna serves as the President of the Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic raising money to support. The Friends were recognized at National Philanthropy Day as a YMCA Central Florida Volunteerism Honoree. This category honors individuals, groups or organizations who demonstrate an exceptional passion for volunteerism, along with a commitment to the advancement of philanthropy throughout the community.
The Friends of the Orlando Philharmonic is the orchestra’s official volunteer organization, providing opportunities to be a hands-on volunteer, enjoy special events and meet new friends with similar interests. Since their initial meeting in 1996, the Friends have raised nearly $1 million in support of the orchestra. Additionally, they contribute nearly $200,000 per year in in-kind services.
Read her editorial comment in the Friday, November 10, 2017 Orlando Sentinel:
Runway to Hope, Downs Syndrome Association of Central Florida and Franklin’s Friends are being honored at National Philanthropy Day as an Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Creating Change Honoree. This honor is presented to nonprofit organizations that successfully strengthens and empowers a specific demographic or population in Central Florida.
“To much is given, much is expected,” said Mark NeJame as Mark and Josie NeJame, Founders of Runway To Hope, shared their philosophy of giving. Since 2010, Runway to Hope’s mission has been to provide direct support and aid to Central Florida children and their families impacted by pediatric cancer and have raised over $6.5 million to support this mission.
Downs Syndrome Association of Central Florida provides services to individuals with Down syndrome, their parents, their siblings, and community partners. By showing the community that individuals with Down syndrome are just as capable and in fact, very valuable members of our community, the DSACF advocates in a very impactful way. Janet Caramello, Executive Director, is shown here in a behind the scenes photo from the taping of a video to appear at NPD.
Monisha Seth is shown here during taping at WUCF for a video to be shown at NPD. Monisha is the President and Co-Founder of Frankin’s Friends, a local nonprofit organization which is being honored at this year’s National Philanthropy Day as a Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Creating Change Honoree. Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando nominated Franklin’s Friends for their significant impact for pets and pet owners in Central Florida.
You don’t want to miss this breakfast celebration of the giving spirit on November 1 at the Ritz Carlton. Tickets now available. http://www.afpcentralflorida.org/npd/default.aspx
National Philanthropy Day is fast approaching. National Philanthropy Day is a day to celebrate charitable activities, in the form of donated financial, in-kind and volunteering support. National Philanthropy Day acknowledges the entire spectrum of services that the non-profit and civic and service sectors provide, as well as the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society.
Thank you to WUCF-TV for donating the taping for the video recognition of honorees at National Philanthropy Day and I had the honor of interview Emerging Leader Honorees Rebecca Leininger, Melody Lynch and Beth Smith. This honor is presented to individuals between the ages of 19 and 40 who are making an exceptional impact in the independent sector.
Rebecca Leininger is being honored for her leadership as Director of Business & Resource Development with Community Based Care of Central Florida, Inc, in addition to her service at the Women’s Residential Counseling Center (WRCC), part of the Coalition for the Homeless.
Melody Lynch, a Shareholder with Lowndes Drosdick, is being honored for her work as a Guardian Ad Litem and Board Member service with Children’s Home Society.
Beth Smith, Community Relations Manager at Orlando Health, is being honored for her leadership as a board member for Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Downtown Orlando Partnership, UCF Alumni Association, and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.
The National Philanthropy Day event will be held at the Ritz- Carlton Grand Lakes, Orlando, Florida and benefits the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Florida Chapter. The Association of Fundraising Professionals empowers individuals and organizations to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research and advocacy. Tickets now available. You don’t want to miss this breakfast celebration of the giving spirit on November 1 at the Ritz Carlton. Click here for more information.