The Philanthropy Day “Heart of Gold” award luncheon took place on February 14, 2019, at the majestic JW Marriott in Austin, Texas.
The 2019 Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon event celebrated the philanthropic #HeartofGold in the community of Central Texas. This event is one of the most inspiring and meaningful celebrations that uplift the community of Austin to the next level. The luncheon honored eight outstanding individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations with the “HEART OF GOLD” for making a lasting impact in our community. The AFP greater Austin also celebrated the chapter’s 35 year of fostering a vibrant and ethical fundraising community in Central Texas.
Each year, the AFP greater Austin chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals honors the region’s most accomplished volunteers, donors and funders and brings together nearly 1,000 community, philanthropic and nonprofit leaders to celebrate outstanding individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations whose philanthropic footprint inspires change and empowers good for the Central Texas community. Proceeds from the event support AFP’s mission of advancing philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice effective and ethical fundraising. The AFP Greater Austin Chapter represents nearly 323 members and is one of 190 chapters throughout the world working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certificate programs.
The event took place on the perfect day, Valentine’s Day, to celebrate union, love, inspiration and connection in the community of Texas. The role of nonprofits are undoubtedly very important for the development of communities because they help grow social and economic well-being, provide services and resources to people in need, and aid the development of the arts, cultural awareness, education, health, and spirituality.
The outstanding Philanthropists honored during the 2019 PDay Honoree were:
1. Outstanding Philanthropists: Kyndel & Laura Bennett (Nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters)
2. Outstanding Philanthropic Large Corporation: Google (Nominated by Austin Ed Fund)
4. Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation/Organization: Webber Family Foundation (Nominated by Creative Action, Breakthrough Central Texas)
5. Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Diane T. Land (Nominated by Girls Empowerment Network, Anti-Defamation League)
6. Kelly Davidson Memorial Outstanding Philanthropic Youth: Garland Benson (Nominated by Beyond Batten Disease Foundation)
7. Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Megan Arnold
8. Special Recognition: Michael Barnes
The event counted with well-known sponsors:
VIP Reception: Underwriter Fayruz Benyousef Consulting
Youth Scholarship Underwriter: The powers/ Hancock Family
Sapphire Sponsors: Arrow, Blackbaud
Platinum Sponsor: Austin American Statesman
Gold Sponsors: Butler Nonprofit Consulting, Christie & Clinton Bybee, Cayetano, H-E-B Texas Grocery, Highpointe, Maxwell & Locke Ritter, mfi Foundation, Michaels & Susan Dell Foundation, Topfer Family Foundation, Webber Family Foundation
Silver Sponsors: Applied Materials, Laura & Kyndel Bennett, Charley Scarborough & Associates, Cook-Walden Funeral Homes & Cemeteries, Google, Jeanne & Mickey Klein, Diane Land & Steve Adler, Adrienne Longenecker, CFRE, Mission advancement, Dick Rathgeber/ Big Brothers Big Sisters, Robin Bradford Communications, Samsung, ST. David’s Foundation, Texas Mutual Insurance, United Way for Greater Austin.
Bronze Full Sponsors: Age of Central Texas, The Anti-Defamation League, Austin Community Foundation, Austin Humane Society, Ballet Austin, Beyond Batten Disease Foundation, Breakthrough Central Texas, Caritas of Austin, Catholic Diocese of Austin, Center for Child Protection, Girls Empowerment Network, Hill Country Conservancy, Impact Austin, Lifeworks, Meals on Wheels Central Texas, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas, Seton Foundation, Six Square, YMCA of Austin.
Bronze Half Sponsors: Andy Roddick Foundation, Austin ED Fund, Austin Zoo, Colorado River Alliance, Explore Austin, Foundation Communities, I Live Here I Give Here, Jeremiah Program, Kipp Texas, Literacy First, The long Center, Mission Capital, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, The Safe Alliance, Shalom Austin, Southwestern University.
The welcome speech was given by Fayruz Benyousef, CFRE (Fayruz Benyousef Consulting). He delivered inspiring and uplifting words during the VIP reception. Robin Bradford, CFRE (Greater Austin President) made excellent remarks. Simone Talma Flower (Interfaith Action of Central Texas) delivered an impressive invocation to the attendees and the community who has shown exceptional commitment to personal philanthropy by direct gifts and leadership to the area of nonprofits. Dave Shawn (Arrow) who was the honoree of the celebration united the room with inspiring words. The keynote conversation given by Michael Barnes (Austin American Statesman) was charismatic and informative for the community. Nikki Graham (Bank of America) presented the Neighborhood Builders Awards to SAFE. Megan Arnold, CFRE (YMCA of Austin) delivered meaningful thoughts and reflections and the closing of the event was delivered by Adrienne Longenecker, CFRE (2019 Philanthropy Day Chair)
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in over 230 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters the development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.
AFP believes that to guarantee human freedom and social creativity, people must have the right to freely and voluntarily form organizations to meet perceived needs, advocate causes, and seek funds to support these activities. To guarantee these rights, AFP’s purposes are to:
- Foster development and growth of fundraising professionals committed to the preserving and enhancing philanthropy.
- Establish a code of ethics and professional practices.
- Require member adherence to a professional code of ethical standards and practices.
- Provide training opportunities for fundraising professionals.
- Implement programs that ensure cultural and social diversity in our membership and leadership.
- Collect, research, publish, and disseminate historical, managerial, and technical information on philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising.
- Promote public understanding of philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising.
- Conduct activities that maintain and develop legislation favorable to philanthropy.
- Enlist, organize, and support members to achieve our purposes.
- Foster international cooperation, knowledge exchange, and education among fundraising professionals worldwide.
- Use all necessary and proper means to accomplish our purposes.
- Provide a valid and reliable certification program for fundraising professionals.