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Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Earns AFP’s Outstanding Foundation Honor

(Aug. 26, 2015) The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in Winter Park, Fla., has been selected to receive the 2015 Award for Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

“We are pleased to honor Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation for its many extraordinary contributions to philanthropy and the charitable sector,” says AFP President and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Watt, FInstF. “The Foundation’s innovative practices and leadership within the nonprofit community are key differentiators that truly set them apart.”

Founded in 1973, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has issued more than 3,500 grants to over 830 organizations, primarily in Central Florida, totaling upwards of $105 million. Highlights of the foundation’s impact on the community include a 42-year legacy of support of Central Florida’s nonprofit organizations including Rollins College, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, Orlando Repertory Theatre and the Orlando Science Center.

The Foundation is also dedicated to advancing effective philanthropy and fundraising, creating the Rollins College Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center, and co-founding the Florida Philanthropic Network.

Previous recipients of this prestigious award include the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  The foundation was also selected to receive the Outstanding Foundation honor in 2015 from the AFP Central Florida Chapter as well.

The international award will be presented at AFP International Headquarters’ second annual National Philanthropy Day Honors celebration in Manhattan on Nov. 12. National Philanthropy Day (NPD) acknowledges the entire spectrum of services that the non-profit, civic and service sectors provide, as well as the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. The NPD awards recognize outstanding leadership, commitment and generosity in philanthropy.

Foundation President and CEO David Odahowski says, “We are honored to receive the local and national awards for Outstanding Foundation. As stewards of the legacy of our founder, Edyth Bassler Bush, recognition such as this serves as inspiration for the staff and board of directors to constantly strive toward the goal of improving the nonprofit sector locally, statewide and nationally.”

The Foundation was nominated for the national honor by Lisa Blackwelder, who is a member of the AFP Board of Directors and an experienced advisor to Central Florida philanthropists and nonprofit organizations.

A list of all the winners can be found at Orlando Repertory Theatre submitted the local nomination.

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