Fundraising Professionals to present six with awards

National Philanthropy Day Awards

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals Fort Worth Metro Chapter will honor Karen and Larry Anfin as its 2018 Distinguished Philanthropists, one of six awards to be presented at its 38th annual National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon Nov. 15 at the Cendera Center.

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The luncheon recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions to charities and causes in the greater Fort Worth community.

“National Philanthropy Day highlights the contributions of philanthropy to our world, and this year’s honorees represent a proud local tradition of giving, volunteering and civic engagement,” Pat Miller, president of the chapter’s board of directors, said in a news release.

Ciera Bank President Charlie Powell, who with his son, James, received the 2016 award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, will emcee the awards luncheon. It is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Cendera Center, 3600 Benbrook Highway in Fort Worth.

The association provided the following information about the 2018 honorees:

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Distinguished Philanthropists: Karen and Larry Anfin

The Anfins will be honored for their extensive community service and giving that has spanned decades. Organizations ranging from Rotary Club of Fort Worth and the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show to a Wish with Wings and Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth have benefited from the Anfins’s gifts, good counsel and hard work.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Joe Monteleone

Joe Monteleone, past executive director of the Morris Foundation, leveraged his knowledge of the local nonprofit funding community to bring the Cristo Rey educational model to Fort Worth, single-handedly directing fundraising over three years as a volunteer. Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School at Our Mother of Mercy is now marking its inaugural year. Monteleone also supports fundraising for the Stock Show Scholarship Program, among other volunteer assignments.

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Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Braden Baker

Braden Baker was born with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss and has 65 percent hearing loss, so he knows the value of hearing aids. He discovered their high cost – about $3,000 a pair – only after the family dog chewed up a pair. Worried that other children might not be able to afford them, Baker created a GoFundMe page to help provide hearing aids to children in need and met his $1,000 goal in 24 hours. He has since raised more than $75,000 for the Audiology Department at Cook Children’s Medical Center and the Oticon Hearing Foundation, benefiting children from Fort Worth and hurricane-drenched Houston to Guatemala. His work caught the attention of TV host Ellen DeGeneres, who featured Baker on her One Million Acts of Good show.

Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation: Balfour Beatty

As Balfour Beatty builds and maintains the infrastructure communities depend on, its employees contribute time and raise funds for hundreds of charitable causes throughout the world, including North Texas organizations that strengthen community health and human services, education and first responders. It is a loyal supporter of causes, forming charitable partnerships that last.

Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation: Paulos Foundation

The Paulos Foundation combines data- and outcome-driven philanthropy with a devotion to people and their communities. Its approach is captured in the award-winning permanent supportive housing community at the Palm Tree Apartments in Fort Worth. Palm Tree, a public/private partnership created by the Paulos Foundation, offers a solution to homelessness that balances the needs of individuals, neighbors in the surrounding Six Points Urban Village, and the community as a whole. Its success has been rigorously documented, earning the foundation the 2017 Partner of the Year award in A Night of Light, the CNM Connect awards program recognizing excellence in the North Texas nonprofit sector, and a 2017 Award of Excellence from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive: Don Shisler

A member of the association’s local chapter for more than 20 years, Don Shisler has transformed Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County in a quarter-century as its president and chief executive officer. He. has made the mission a pillar in local efforts to respond to homelessness. Its annual budget has increased from $350,000 to $6 million during his tenure, and the 130-year-old organization gained international prominence through the book and movie Same Kind of Different as Me. Shisler receives The Ben Franklin Award.

Awards luncheon sponsors include ThinkGiving, M. Gale & Associates and Frost. Media sponsors are the Fort Worth Business Press and FW501c.

Additional sponsorships are available, and tables as well as individual seats are on sale.

– FWBP Staff