Time to Vote: Who is your Favorite Philanthropic Idol?
THANK YOU for sending us your National Philanthropy Day® selfies! We have been amazed and inspired by the videos you have submitted about the people and groups that have most inspired you!
Now it's time for you to vote for your favorites! Each day, you can vote one time for the video that inspires you most. That means you can come back every day and cast a vote - one vote per day - until the voting period ends on Nov. 10. That gives you plenty of opportunities to notify and get others excited to visit the site and also vote for the videos you and they find most inspiring!
After voting closes on Nov. 10, we will tally up the votes. The five most popular videos will win $500 to the charity of their choice donated in their name. In addition, AFP will pick a “staff’s choice” winner for an additional $500 donation! All six winners will be announced on this site on Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day®!
So click each selfie below to watch, be inspired, and then vote using the form you'll find after the videos!
Nominator: Dr. Robert Ivany, President of the University of St. Thomas My Idol / Inspiration Elizabeth Lyons Ghrist
Nominator: Martha H Schumacher, ACFRE, CFRE My Idol / Inspiration My Mother
Nominator: Rose Grech My Idol / Inspiration Planet Earth Series
Nominator: Sandra Dow My Idol / Inspiration Friendship Club in Toronto
Nominator: Andrea Gordon My Idol / Inspiration Sam Simon
Nominator: Shawna Brown My Idol / Inspiration Housing4All
Nominator: Bre and Yadi from College Possible My Idol / Inspiration Great Lakes
Nominator: Tori Strickland My Idol / Inspiration Local Matters
Nominator: Chloe Fey My Idol / Inspiration Pat McCown and Brett Gordon
Nominator: Khadija Hamidzai My Idol / Inspiration Jason Shim
Nominator: Kristina Huber, CFRE My Idol / Inspiration The generous people of Erie, Pennsylvania
Nominator: Taylor Moss My Idol / Inspiration Greek Life at LSU
Nominator: Samantha Banks My Idol / Inspiration The Jewish Community.... anywhere from New York to Saskatoon to Israel and Peru
Nominator: Brian Foster My Idol / Inspiration Dr. Ben Gullison and Mr. Art Jenkyns
Nominator: Tammy Flynn My Idol / Inspiration The 757 Community
Nominator: Terrence Egan My Idol / Inspiration Corke Schaney
Nominator: Debra Haley My Idol / Inspiration Mother Teresa
Nominator: Cortni Wells My Idol / Inspiration Cassandra Wingert ( video currently unavailable )
After losing her boyfriend to a heroin overdose, Cassandra has dedicated her life to the advocacy community surrounding addiction and overdose. On top of working full time, going to school, and being a single mother, she runs a non-profit organization that provides Naloxone, the opioate overdose reversal, to communities in need. She holds training sessions all over the Chicagoland area, and is one of the incredible volunteers responsible for helping put Naloxone in the hands of law enforcement all over Chicagoland and the collar counties. As an active advocate in the drug-awareness community, she is a leader among the organizations that support her. She speaks at forums, she attends awareness events, speaks to students in local schools, trains community members on how to save lives, and still remains positive, driven, and encouraging day after day.
On top of all of ther advocacy/non-profit work, she participates regularly in Sack Lunch Sunday, which is a group of volunteers that provide sack lunches to the homeless men and women in Chicago. She is selfless, loving, and inspiring, and I cannot think of anyone who deserves this more than she does.
Nominator: Kayleigh Matthews My Idol / Inspiration The OSPCA ( video currently unavailable )
My inspiration is the BEST because they specialize in saving animals of all kind. They have saved a lot of lives and helped a lot of families to find their forever homes! They always do whats right and really are positive in every situation. The OSPCA inspires me to keep going in every situation and to maintain hope, because every adoption needs and had hope. I LOVE animals and which I could save every one, but I can't, and donating is the only way I can, and I'm too young to volunteer, so I do everything I can. I think to OSPCA deserves more recognition for all of the stuff they do!
IMPORTANT: Only one vote per day is permitted.
AFP's NPD Award Nominees
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 finalists in our National Philanthropy Day® awards program. These amazing individuals and organizations are changing the world. Learn about our 16 finalists below in the following categories (and come back later to see which of these finalists will be recognized at our National Philanthropy Day® event on Nov. 15):
Philanthropist — Individuals who give generously to causes and demonstrate creative ways to engage others through their giving.
Volunteer Fundraiser — Outstanding volunteers don’t just seal envelopes—they get involved in personal ways, including asking others to give.
Corporation — These organizations have supported charities in innovative ways and engaged their employees.
Foundation — Foundations work on a huge array of issues, changing our world in ways that aren’t always obvious.
Youth in Philanthropy — The generosity and creativity of young philanthropists often exceeds those of their older counterparts. Special thanks to the Bob Carter Companies for sponsoring the Youth in Philanthropy awards.
"When I am fundraising, I am helping create hope. I am giving hope to fight on, and that is why I push so hard, and how this became my passion. Granting wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and supporting other worthy organizations has changed my life. Volunteering is what gives your life purpose, and advocating for these groups has inspired me to build a career bettering my community as a fundraising professional." - Kaci Mikusevich
As vice president for philanthropy for the entire Greek community at Kent State University, Kaci Mikusevich averages 20 hours per week year-round to advancing the philanthropic efforts of the 1,000 men and women she governs, all while attending school full-time and maintaining a high GPA. Some of the charities she has helped to support recently include supported recently include Special Olympics, Relay for Life, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Led Chi Omega Sorority women's fraternity at Kent State in raising $24,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a record for the region. Her work allowed not just the traditional one child, but three children to have their wishes fulfilled.
Challenged her peers, instituting new philanthropic requirements for students, establishing a new Community Service Month and increasing volunteer participation at the college by 150%.
Organizes 'Songfest', a competition that involves participatory music, dance, and comedy to raise funds for a charity. While managing all aspects of the event, she has challenged the community this year to raise $75,000 for SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)
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.
Elise Everly, Fort Smith, Ark.
Nominated by: Ken Pyle, Fort Smith Housing Authority
"I find joy in helping others and believe God put me on this Earth to do just that. I was raised to believe everyone deserves a place to call home and I am driven to help my peers and others realize we can make a difference."
As a sophomore at Southside High School, Elise Everly began the process of creating an official Habitat for Humanity chapter at her school, beginning a tradition that has raised more than $25,000 over two years involving almost 100 students and hundreds of volunteer hours.
Led development of the chapter's Shanty Town Fundraiser, where students spent a cold February night in a cardboard shanty town to bring awareness to the plight of the homeless.
The Southside Campus Chapter is now the top fund-raiser for the local Habitat affiliate, and the next house that is being built will be called the Southside Campus Chapter House.
Helped create a leadership team and mentored younger members to ensure the chapter would continue once she graduated. The chapter, now numbering over 80 members, has contributed nearly $2,000 to Habitat International to help build houses in other countries.
The Buerger Family, Philadelphia, Pa.
Nominated by: Stuart Sullivan, Children's Hospital Foundation of Philadelphia
The impact that you have on people is not always clear in philanthropy, but that very poignant moment made clear that what we were doing, what we're blessed to be able to do, would affect individual kids and their families. It was truly profound.“ - Alan Buerger
The Buerger family's deep commitment to the physical and emotional health of children and animals has provided game-changing support for innovative and vital facilities and programs in the Philadelphia community and beyond.
Gave $50 million to the Children's Hospital Foundation of Philadelphia (the largest gift in the hospital's history!) for the construction of the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care that will transform the model for pediatric outpatient healthcare across the U.S.
Support research into the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorders and other mental illnesses, the sixth leading cause of disabilities in the world.
Provided a gift that supported construction of the $750,000 state-of-the-art Buerger Family Minimally Invasive Surgery Suite - the first of its kind in any veterinary teaching hospital
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.
Joan and Macon Brock, Hampton Roads, Va.
Nominated by: Serena Amerson, Eastern Virginia Medical School
"One person can't do it alone, but by working together, we can make a tremendous difference." - Macon Brock
Joan and Macon Brock's philanthropic impact extends beyond their local community and reaches across the nation and globe. They give of their time as well, serving as leaders on boards and committees and get deeply involved in fundraising, hosting events, spearheading campaigns and inspiring others to get involved.
Contributed over $30.5 million for education centers, scholarships and research and scholarly activity.
Established the Brock Environmental Center, which will help educate the public on the challenges to the Chesapeake Bay watershed - just one of the many key projects the Brocks have supported in their work as environmental advocates and champions.
Funded the Kpakuma School in Sierra Leone, part of the $7.3 million they've invested in ensuring children have a safe place to sleep, the rate of diabetes and infant mortality is reduced, and water is available to villagers in under-developed countries.
Pierre Bolvin O.C., Montreal Quebec
Nominated by: Catherine Rowe, CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation
"As long as illness affects the lives of our children we must be there for them, to the best of our capacity. Our efforts make all the difference. We were present yesterday, we are present today and we will be present tomorrow." - Pierre Bolvin
Pierre Boivin's story is how he transformed his own personal struggle of losing two children of his own to illness and witnessing the physical disabilities of a third child into a mission filled with passion and purpose to ensure that all children have a bright and healthy future.
Led the Sainte-Justine Teaching Hospital Foundation Board from 2006 to 2012 and is currently co-chair of the Foundation's $200 million Healing More Better major campaign, personally asking donors for millions of dollars and working with the federal and provincial governments to garner support
Chairs the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation, which he created in 2000 and which aims to support active and healthy lifestyles among disadvantaged youth throughout Quebec
Served as chair of the board of Special Olympics Quebec from 1998 to 2004 and raised awareness for people with special needs by convincing business and political leaders to spend a day in a wheelchair, as he did himself.
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.
Brian Gearing and Ric Hersh, Richmond, Va.
Nominated by: Judy Griffin, Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
"Screens 'n' Suds is most inspired by the personal connections made with those affected by MS. Many of their supporters have come to them personally to express their gratitude. While Ric and Brian are proud of the wide reach of their activities, it is the personal connections closest to home that are a constant inspiration, and a motivation to continue their work." - Judy Griffin, nominator
Brian Gearing and Ric Hersh are the co-founders of Screens 'n' Suds. Its mission is to spread the appreciation of craft beer and screen printed art, while raising money for the National MS Society and other charities.
Have spent approximately 5000 hours coordinating events and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities including the National MS Society - Virginia and Illinois Chapter, Gallery5 Arts, Parkinson Foundation, Faison School for Autism, Virginia Association of Free Clinics, Art on Wheels and the Massey Cancer Center.
Have raised awareness of numerous issues and charities among communities and demographics that might not typically engage in charity activities, especially younger people.
Expanded their initial work to nationally known artists and brewers, with partners coming from 18 different states and as far away as Australia.
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.
Florida Blue, Jacksonville, Fla.
Nominated by: Lauren Hopkins, YMCA of Florida's First Coast
"Our focus is on people, understanding them, how they live and what they really need. That's why our mission is to help people and communities achieve better health. We as a company realize the importance of supporting organizations such as the YMCA of Florida's First Coast and the United Way of Northeast Florida that focus on providing residents opportunities to live healthy and active lives." - Pat Geraghty, CEO and Chairman of Florida Blue
Florida Blue, formerly Florida Blue and Blue Shield, has been the largest contributor to United Way of Northeast Florida for the last 15 years while taking a huge leadership role with the YMCA of Florida's First Coast, as well as countless other organizations.
Has given a $1 million capital gift to the YMCA for a new Wellness Center, while the company's recently completed United Way campaign raised $1.9 million, including nearly $1 million in leadership gifts.
Lead partner in the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, endorsed by the Center for Disease Control, and Florida Blue Chairman and CEO Pat Geraghty was named 2014 Floridian of the Year by Florida Trend for being at the forefront of health care.
Of all the companies in the North Florida region supporting the community through the United Way, Florida Blue has the highest number of volunteers serving in a variety of capacities.
"We're all part of the same thing. We don't get to choose whether to be a part of it or not. We just are. The choice we have is whether to ignore it or to embrace it. Whether to embrace -- or ignore -- each other. Whether to contribute value to it, or extract as much from it as possible, in service of our own security. Does what happens across town not affect me? Does somebody else's kid going hungry not ripple back to you? Or does everything that happens within this thing impact every one of us? Maybe everybody else already embraced their place in this thing. It took my whole life until now to do it, but I've embraced my place too. McKinney, the place I choose to work, has embraced its place as well." - Nick Jones, McKinney's art director
McKinney is a world-class advertising agency based in Durham, North Carolina, has raised more than $1 million for nonprofits in the community
For eight consecutive years, has hosted an annual concert fundraiser called Battle of the Bands which has raised more than $650,000 for eight nonprofits.
For Urban Ministries of Durham, created an online game called SPENT, which puts the player in the role of a poor person with just $1000 to survive every month. The game has gone viral, played by millions of people around the world and won multiple advertising industry awards.
Launched an innovative Christmas campaign, Names for Change, which allows people the chance to buy or make a gift of name rights to one of 169 everyday items the Urban Ministries of Durham uses, from toothbrushes to dining tables - raising thousands of dollars and underlining how important basic items are for those in need.
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.
Women's Fund of Central Ohio, Columbus, Ohio
Nominated by: Kelley Greismer, Pelotonia
"The Women's Fund is committed to strengthening the voices of women and girls. We are devoted to educating, investing in, building capacity for, and raising awareness around the issues affecting women and girls in our community. By doing this we are creating gender equality and influence." - Nichole Dunn
The Women's Fund of Central Ohio, led by President & CEO Nichole Dunn, is a nonprofit that focuses on gender equality for women and girls throughout the local community. The fun has reinvested more than $2 million back in central Ohio by focusing on grant-making/life-skills for girls; leadership for women and economic self-sufficiency for women.
Research has shown that for every woman or girl participating in one of The Womens Fund grant partner programs, six more are touched. The fund works throughout the year to maximize this 'ripple effect' by building capacity through grant partnerships.
Conducted conclusive research on the status of women and girls in central Ohio, as well as the economic status of women in the region. These studies are used to benchmark progress and identify ways to ensure women are economically secure and have the resources to thrive.
Over 500 women and girls have participated in the funds Grant Reading program, learning critical skills such as analyzing data and program information, leadership and consensus building.
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.
Jack Sullivan and Catherine's Peace Team, Rochester, N.Y.
Nominated by: Brenda Thornton and Melanie Barnas-Simmons, AFP New York Genesee Valley Chapter
"I never imagined we'd have kids across the country holding lemonade stands, bake sales and asking for donations instead of birthday or Christmas gifts. And on top of that, kids are getting involved in their communities and people from around the world are spreading her message of kindness. I tell people, do something kind every single day. Even if it's holding the door for someone or going to visit a neighbor. It can change the world." - Jack Sullivan
Catherine's Peace Team is named for Catherine Violet Hubbard, a first-grader who loved animals. The organization was founded by Catherine's cousin, nine-year-old Jack Sullivan, after Catherine lost her life during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut. Jack quickly recruited a team of young kids and adult friends dedicated to keeping Catherine's memory - and her love for animals - alive.
With members of Catherine's Peace Team (CPT) in several states, countless volunteer hours have helped to raise over $120,000 for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, which will be built in Newtown as a place of healing for animal, people and communities.
Gave over 25 presentations to government, community and business leaders and helped lead several fundraising events, including a Peace Party that raised over $70,000, and inspiring the creation of CPTeens high school students who are now also raising money for the animal sanctuary.
Turning the most unthinkable tragedy into a positive, proactive effort to promote peace and kindness while exposing kids and teens to the world of fundraising, philanthropy, public relations, event planning, basic finance and journalism.
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!