Philanthropic individuals and organizations will be honored at the 2015 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter ("AFP") on Monday, November 9. The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Hotel, 921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon. Gwyneth Gamble Booth will be master of ceremonies. Oregon State University Foundation, The Oregon Community Foundation and The Greenbrier Companies are the event’s Platinum Sponsors.
The 29th annual luncheon celebrates National Philanthropy Day, which recognizes the contributions of philanthropy and those people active in the philanthropic community. Table reservations and individual tickets are available at www.afporegon.afpnet.org. For more information, call (503) 715-3100.
The 2015 Philanthropy Award recipients are:
• Bill Furman, Vollum Award for Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement
• Cheryl Ramberg Ford and Allyn Ford, Outstanding Philanthropists
• Brian Gard and John Mohlis, Unite for the Knight, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers
• Cambia Health Solutions, Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
• ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation, Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation
• Medical Teams International Volunteers, Outstanding Volunteer Group
• The Rosewood Project, Human Solutions, Outstanding Innovative Project
“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations and volunteers whose efforts make such a difference in our community,” says Dev Dion, President of the AFP Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter. “Please join us in honoring these outstanding philanthropists.”
Vollum Award for Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement
Bill Furman, President and CEO of The Greenbrier Companies is honored for his generous gifts to dozens of Pacific Northwest charities and institutions including Oregon State University, Portland State University, All Classical Portland and New Avenues for Youth. The Vollum Award for Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement recognizes individuals who have tirelessly committed themselves to bettering their community through serving, funding and enlisting support for a range of community charitable causes. The Award is named for Howard Vollum, who co-founded Tektronix Corporation, and his wife Jean Vollum, both of whom were outstanding philanthropists.
Cheryl Ramberg Ford and Allyn Ford are honored for their years of philanthropy including generous gifts to the University of Oregon including the new alumni center, which is named in their honor, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the UO Campaign Leadership Committee for Campaign Oregon: Transforming Lives. The award for Outstanding Philanthropist pays tribute to an exceptional individual donor who generously provides a lead gift or substantially assists a nonprofit organization.
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
Brian Gard, President, Gard Communications, and John Mohlis, Executive Secretary of the Oregon Building Trades Council, are recognized for raising awareness and funds for the Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Challenge for the Knight Cancer Institute by involving a coalition of Oregon businesses and local unions in a $1 million campaign Unite for the Knight. The award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser is presented to a special volunteer who motivates others to give, commits time and energy without compensation and provides talent for strategy, relationship enhancement and the successful solicitation of donations.
Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
Cambia Health Solutions is recognized for its support of Friends of the Children as a Regence Community Partner Organization, contributing significant funds and employee volunteer time to the program. The award for Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation recognizes a community-minded corporate citizen that, through their foundation, corporate giving program, or employees, commits significant resources to assist organizations in meeting community needs.
Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation
ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation is honored for its contributions of more than $2.5 million in scholarships, plus engagement with students, to support doctoral students in science, engineering and medical fields at Oregon State University, Oregon Health & Science University and, starting in fall 2015, University of Oregon. The award for Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation recognizes a community grant making organization that offers encouragement and motivation to non-profits and grant makers while supporting nonprofit organizational goals.
Outstanding Volunteer Group
Medical Teams International Volunteers are honored for more than 35 years of service in responding to disasters throughout the world with medical and dental care, humanitarian aid and development programs. The award for Outstanding Volunteer Group recognizes that volunteers are the lifeblood—they start, support and/or enhance the programs and services that organizations provide and can make the difference in an organization being able to serve its community.
Outstanding Innovative Project
The Rosewood Project, Human Solutions is honored for developing the neglected Rosewood Apartments in East Multnomah County into renovated, affordable housing with adjacent services including a full-service dental center, expanded health care facilities and community space for health promotion activities. The award for Outstanding Innovative Project recognizes groups demonstrating exceptional innovation and creativity resulting in broad-based community impact. Their events excel at building support, raising funds and increasing public understanding.
About The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents 30,000 members in more than 200 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing, and advocacy. The association fosters the development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. The AFP Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter provides resources, education and networking opportunities for development professionals in our region. For more information, visit www.afporegon.afpnet.org or call (503) 715-3100.