Congratulations To Our Philanthropic Idol Winners!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Philanthropic Idol contest and for sharing your stories! We had some great submissions, and the voting tallies were impressive! Below please find the five NPD Idol selfies that received the most votes, plus the staff's choice winner! AFP will be reaching out to you all shortly to coordinate your charity donation!
Congratulations to everyone for a great contest! Let's keep the NPDLove spirit going all year long!
Nominator: Terrence Egan My Idol / Inspiration Corke Schaney
View Selfie Corke Schaney is an older gentleman that looks like Popeye. He's a modest maintenance man at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Illinois. Corke is a man of very humble means who's had his own health challenges in the past. At one time he received assistance from FHN's Employee Assistance program called Community of Friends.
Corke also has a green thumb, growing plants from seedlings in his own home-made greenhouse that he built. To give back to his community, this year Corke planted an abundance of garden vegetables and flowers, then sold them at the hospital. Corke often gives his own money to charitable causes, but this time was able to raise an additional $1,000 for the Hospital's Foundation. With these funds, the FHN Foundation awarded a $500 scholarship to a CNA who is working on becoming an RN and another $500 back to the very employee assistance fund that once helped him.
Corke has a big heart, and where he seeds, people grow.
Terrence Egan My Idol / Inspiration: Corke Schaney
Nominator: Shawna Brown My Idol / Inspiration Housing4All
View Selfie My name is Shawna Brown and about three weeks ago I was afforded the opportunity to attend the Florida Realtors Summit on Individual and Family Homelessness. While there, the presenters played a video highlighting Florida’s devastating crisis on family homelessness. The problem is a longstanding one, with Florida being number one in the entire United States for homelessness. What really moved me was when the video highlighted the fact that the biggest homeless population is infants and children. …. Housing 4 All, is a non-profit organization in its beginning phases of development, but its ambitious mission seeks to reduce the homeless population by introducing diverse resources that will empower homeless Veterans, individuals and families to shape a path towards self-sufficiency. This company is my idol. …. Everyone deserves a place to call home and a safe place to lay their heads at night. I am only one person but I believe I can make a difference with your help and support.
Shawna Brown My Idol / Inspiration: Housing4All
Nominator: Chloe Fey My Idol / Inspiration Pat McCown and Brett Gordon
View Selfie They are my idols because they are so selfless, giving, and kind. They implement their own giving spirit into their company, McCownGordon Construction, where they have made a promise to donate at least 10% of all profits to charitable organizations.
Chloe Fey My Idol / Inspiration: Pat McCown and Brett Gordon
Nominator: Tammy Flynn My Idol / Inspiration The 757 Community
View Selfie Why Idol / Inspiration: We work for the Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia and who hosted on May 6th, 2014, the first EVER 24 hour giving day for our region, GIVE LOCAL 757. And it rocked. We will forever be inspired by our community, the 757, who raised nearly $200000 dollars in 24 hours for 106 charities representing every city in Hampton Roads region (757). Our community came together like never before. Over 1.5 million people engaged online. All 106 nonprofits built their capacity in marketing, social media and online fundraising so the benefits of the day go well beyond the actual fundraising dollar amount. Nonprofits received free social media training from Ferguson Enterprises Corporation experts. Ferguson also funded nearly 100% of the $30,000 prize pool. The Daily Press, Coast Virginia Living Magazine and several other media outlets donated advertising. Several local organizations like CN Benton Consulting, GO Local 757 and OBICI Healthcare Foundation donated in-kind services. 1880 citizens made donations from as far away as Germany. Words can not describe the level at which the 757 community rocks and we wanted to show the world just how much by submitting them as our philanthropic inspiration. Rock on 757!
Tammy Flynn My Idol / Inspiration: The 757 Community
Nominator: Bre and Yadi from College Possible My Idol / Inspiration Great Lakes
View Selfie Our philanthropic idol is Great Lakes-- they have supported College Possible for six years, helping thousands of low-income students get into and through college! We are so thankful for their support, and they have set a great example of how we can all serve and support our own communities.
Bre and Yadi from College Possible My Idol / Inspiration: Great Lakes
Nominator: Khadija Hamidzai My Idol / Inspiration Jason Shim
View Selfie He has taught me to never accept barriers or no's or no-you-cannot's in whatever it is that I wish to pursue because restrictions whether mentally or physically on paper can be rearranged to create space for possibility and growth.
Hamidzai My Idol / Inspiration: Jason Shim
AFP's NPD Awards Recipients!
National Philanthropy Day®, Nov. 15, celebrates the idea that everyone can be a philanthropist—young to old, individuals to organizations—and that our contributions are wonderfully unique, but all extraordinary.
In addition to our video contest, AFP has its own Philanthropic Idols as well: the recipients of our National Philanthropy Day® awards! These amazing individuals and organizations are changing the world, and we are honored to recognize them this National Philanthropy Day®. Learn about our six awardees below in the following categories:
Philanthropist — Maureen Hackett (Houston, Tx.)
Volunteer Fundraiser — R. Doug Ziegler (West Bend, Wi.)
Corporation — ATCO (Calgary, Alberta)
Foundation — The A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation (Irvine, Ca.)
Youth in Philanthropy, Individual — Princeton Carter (New Orleans, La.)
Youth in Philanthropy, Group — Miles of Scarves (Henrico, Va.)
Special thanks to the Bob Carter Companies for sponsoring the Youth in Philanthropy awards.
Princeton Carter, New Orleans, La.
Nominated by: Caitlin Scanlan, Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans
"Greatness shouldn't be hindered by one's financial circumstances. Opportunity should knock on a three story home as well as a one room apartment. It is the decisions we make day by day that determine our tomorrow. That is why I plant a seed of good will; to better someone else's life tomorrow."
One day Princeton Carter, who attends high school at Newman School in New Orleans, noticed a homeless gentleman with numerous military decorations sitting outside his mother's office. Drawn to the man's story, Princeton was inspired to begin supporting numerous charitable organizations, including Volunteers of America, Covenant House, My Brother's Keeper and Metropolitan Center for Women and Children.
Raised over $10,000 in resources for veterans' families, including thousands in gift cards for the Volunteers of America's Supportive Services for Veteran Families program.
Helped to establish the Volunteers of America's Youth Leadership Council to encourage youth engagement in its mission, recruiting youth volunteers, raising the organizations' profile through community presentations and coordinating youth volunteer activities benefitting low-income seniors.
For My Brother's Keeper Newman, coordinates youth engagement opportunities, both volunteer and fundraising, for his classmates to support area organizations in need of assistance.
Maureen O'Gara Hackett, Houston, Texas
Nominated by: Anne Murphy, Deborah Lackey and Lisa Kennedy
"Women have long been leaders 'often unsung leaders' in philanthropy. Today, women's philanthropy is more visible, more prolific and more powerful than ever before. Our understanding of it must equal its strength in order to achieve philanthropy's full potential to change the world." - Maureen Hackett
Inspired by her mother, Maureen Hackett has given personally - and through the Hackett Family Foundation - more than $22 million to more than two dozen organizations around the world.
Helped establish the first-ever Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and created the first-ever endowed chair in Women's Philanthropy in the U.S.
Funded a Mental Health Channel, which will be the first web-based channel devoted to mental health programming delivered via the web, commercial free, 24 hours a day, and led a successful movement to see Congress approve legislation extending mental health benefits.
Endowed the first chair in Reproductive Psychiatry, recognizing the inextricable link between reproduction and mental health, and provided a significant gift for the children's behavioral health department at Legacy Health Center.
R. Doug Ziegler, West Bend, Wisc.
Nominated by: Amy Johnson, Cedar Community Foundation
"Doug's success in fundraising stems from his own longstanding direct involvement in many community organizations, his personal record of philanthropy over the years, his remarkable ability to persuasively state the case for supporting the cause for which he is advocating, and the determination and enthusiasm with which he pursues goals." - Richard H. Aster, MD, Previous CEO, Bloodcenter of Wisconsin
For over 60 years Doug Ziegler has served on over 40 corporate and non-profit boards, generously sharing his passion and expertise and raising approximately $40 million.
Helped establish the Blood Center of Wisconsin as a world-renowned organizations through his recruitment of top business leaders and personal fundraising.
Catalyst, co-founder and provided seed money for the West Bend Community Foundation.
Served as a trustee of statewide colleges and literally saved the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) from bankruptcy in 1972 by helping to raise $1.8 million.
Through the Ziegler Family Foundation has supported the community for almost 70 years and has provided scholarships for close to 300 students.
At 87, still chairs the the United Way of Washington County drive, and is co-chair of $3.7 million campaign for the Cedar Community Foundation.
ATCO Group, Calgary, Alberta
Nominated by: Janeen Webb, Inn from the Cold
"Giving back to our communities is a hallmark of the people of ATCO. The tremendous generosity they demonstrate through ATCO EPIC is remarkable and truly a testament to what we can achieve together." - Nancy Southern, Chair, President & Chief Executive Officer, ATCO Group
In 2006, ATCO Group, based in Alberta, Canada, but made up of multiple companies with operations around the world, launched ATCO EPIC that united all of its companies to make a more meaningful impact in their communities.
Raised $24 million over eight years benefitting more than 500 charities across Canada, including $1 million to the Canadian Cancer Society, and expanding to Australia in 2014
During the Southern Alberta Floods - the worst natural disaster in Canada's history - ATCO contributed construction equipment to help with clean-up efforts and held ATCO EPIC 30 Days of Caring to assistant thousands of displaced families and residents with food and supplies.
Through contributions to charities such as Inn from the Cold shelter, ATCO has helped to feed hundreds of homeless families, purchase critical shelter necessities and send at-risk children to summer camps.
A. Gary Anderson Foundation, Anaheim, Calif.
Nominated by: Erin Phillips, Children's Fund, Inc.
"It is our mission and passion to carry on my father's legacy to support at-risk and abused children. We promise we will do everything in our power to protect and serve our kids in this community, pushing organizations to address barriers and often learning that more was possible than any of us thought originally." - Erik Anderson, and Erin & Gary Lastinger
Passionate about philanthropy, A. Gary Anderson established the beginning of the foundation before his untimely passing at the age of 52. Now his children, Erin Lastinger and Erik Anderson, along with Erin's husband Gary, have continued his legacy, investing almost $46 million to over 200 organizations since 1994.
Focused significant funds on serving youth, which is critical in a region like the Inland Empire of California, where one in four children live under the federal poverty limit and investing in youth can literally transform generations.
In addition to providing funds, the foundation has also invested time in energizing organizations' leadership and encouraged them to re-evaluate their methods, which have led to improved program delivery, partnership, and outreach for fundraising.
Supported the Children's Assessment Center, where abused and neglected children can receive medical assessment of their injuries, tell their story just once to all appropriate investigative personnel, and receive therapy and referrals to ongoing resources - all in a child-friendly environment.
Miles of Scarves, Henrico, Va.
Nominated by: Judy Griffin, Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
"In 2009, when I was in the fifth grade, I learned that the longest scarf in the world was knitted for charity. Since I knew how to knit, that really inspired me, I taught some of my friends to knit and started Miles of Scarves." - Meredith Polk, founder, Miles of Scarves
Miles of Scarves (MOS) is a youth-run organization started by Meredith Polk in 2009 (when she was 10!) dedicated to supporting the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. Miles of Scarves has donated over $20,000 since its inception through selling scarves and other fundraising efforts, including a 5k run.
Nearly 30 girls, ranging in ages 9-16, participate in MOS, having invested an estimated 15,000 hours of their time knitting and selling scarves to support MS.
Uses the money it raises to sponsor rest stops on the BikeMS ride, fund MS research and directly help families in need. At the rest stops during the bike ride, girls prepare and hand out food, drinks and homemade cookies, and tell their stories.
Has sponsored three college scholarships of $1,500 to $2,000. These scholarships have an impact on the lives of the high school seniors who have MS or have a parent with MS.
Every year more than 100 communities across North America celebrate National Philanthropy Day® by honoring local donors, volunteers, corporations, foundations, young people and others involved in charity and philanthropy. Here are some of the most inspiring honorees for 2014 that have been recognized by AFP chapters (hover and click to read their stories).
The Henry Carlson family has been making a positive impact across South Dakota since the early 1900s. They have changed the lives of thousands of children through their support of children’s services at LifeScape, the Carlson Family Children’s Cancer Care Endowment Fund, the Sanford Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish of South Dakota, Sioux Falls Youth Baseball, Sioux Falls Boys and Girls Club, Forward Sioux Falls and the Ice Sports Association, to mention just a few.
General William and Willa Dean Lyon
Throughout the past 30 years, General William and Willa Dean Lyon have been an integral part of many Orange County philanthropic organizations. Their dedication to improving local art and education programs is seen through their leadership within Orange County – as key supporters of Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and much more. Their generosity and desire to make a difference has helped tens of thousands of people in the community.
Impact Radio Group invests their time and resources supporting youth programs. Their DJs participate in numerous anti-drug community outreach events annually. The energy and enthusiasm they provide promotes a fun, drug-free environment for the teens. In addition to donating the costs of having a radio personality at events, Impact Radio Group airs educational commercials on all six of their stations at no charge. This in-kind support is literally a daily testament to the value Impact places on Idaho teens and their drug-free futures.
James Ragan and the Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation
Nominee: James Ragan and the Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation
The Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation was established in 2007 as a result of James Ragan, founder, being diagnosed with bone cancer in 2006 at the age of 13. He held a Toga Party for his 14th birthday and asked guests to give $50 as a gift. The money raised was donated to the pediatric oncology departments at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. They raised $40,000 that year. James lost his battle to cancer last year at the age of 20. Since the Foundation started, they have held several other events and have raised millions of dollars for research and support of other children with cancer.
See their website: http://triumphoverkidcancer.org
For Gary, the seed of philanthropy was planted early when his mother Claire took him canvassing and explained that they were lucky, should be grateful for the things they have and how important it was for them to help people in need. This seed found fertile soil and has grown over the years with a passion for helping disadvantaged people - primarily children and women – get a fair chance. He’s made a significant difference through his support of 27 different local and international agencies. In addition to helping people, Gary’s favorite philanthropic outcome is to see the people he introduces to the charities he supports come to believe and share his passion; this leverages and elevates his gifts from transactional to transformational.
Francie Bishop Good is an artist and photographer as well as a Philanthropist. In 2003 she cofounded Funding Arts Broward (FAB!), a nonprofit that has given $2 million in grants; and Girls' Club, a gallery to nurture the careers of female artists. She has served on the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale’s Board of Directors since 2008. In this capacity she provided outstanding leadership in establishing high exhibition and program standards and sterling stewardship and has been instrumental to the institution’s fiscal stability by helping to raise millions of dollars for the museum.
November 15 NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY®
The day we celebrate philanthropy: giving, volunteering, and everything you do to help change the world!