San Diego, Calif. – The roughly 30,000 members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) raised an estimated $115 billion last year, according to Andrew Watt, president and CEO of the AFP. Members have raised more than $1 trillion since 1960, he said.
“It’s an extraordinary level of impact,” he said on Sunday to the estimated 4,000 attendees of AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising (ICON) at the San Diego Convention Center. “Think of what’s been accomplished because of what you and your peers do.”
Watt and AFP board chair Robert Carter took the opportunity on Sunday to honor outstanding fundraisers in seven categories:
- Outstanding Philanthropists: Leslie and Irene Dubé, for raising “millions and millions for health care,” according to ICON Master of Ceremonies Jon Petz.
- Outstanding Foundation: The Stiller Family Foundation of Burlington, Vt., the family foundation of Green Mountain Coffee founder Robert Stiller, for its work with the Champlain College Single Parents Program.
- Outstanding Corporation: Calgary Herald, which offers “millions of dollars’” worth of pro-bono advertising to nonprofits and whose employees have donated more than 17,000 volunteer hours.
- Outstanding fundraising professional: Martha Taylor. As the first female vice president of development in the Big 10, Taylor took the University of Wisconsin Foundation from $2.4 million yearly to $250 million in charitable receipts. She also co-founded the Women’s Philanthropy Institute.
- Outstanding fundraising volunteer: Anita Law, who spends more than 120 hours a month on fundraising and whose events have brought in “millions” for the causes she supports.
- Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy — Group: Carter and Olivia Ries, founders of One More Generation, which seeks to save endangered species. Carter and Olivia, 12 and 10 years old, respectively, have also created a plastic awareness coalition and visited South Africa and the U.S. State Department to create outreach programs for kids on the subject of endangered species.
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy — Individual: 15-year-old Marli Overgard, who makes stuffed bears and blankets for kids suffering from tragedy. Her goal for 2013 is to partner with the 180 hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network.