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San Diego Community Leader Peter Ferrantelli Named North America’s Top Volunteer Fundraiser

(Arlington, VA)  Peter Ferrantelli, who has spent 45 years volunteering and raising money for charitable causes in the San Diego area, has been named the 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Ferrantelli will receive his award at the second annual National Philanthropy Day® Honors event on Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

Dedicated to improving the lives of those individuals most at risk, including infants, children, the elderly and people with disabilities, Ferrantelli has given his time as a volunteer and business owner, and more than $2.4 million in donations, to a variety of organizations. Some of these charities include Noah Homes, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, University of San Diego High School, Friends of Handicapped Children, Scripps Mercy Hospital Neonatal Unit, and a preschool in the hills of Taiwan. 

Ferrantelli has spent a decade as founder and current chair of Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation, taking on every role from board member to “chief cook and bottle washer” and “video director.” As of July, the Ark Angel Foundation has raised more than $1.7 million.

Many people with developmental disabilities now also face Alzheimer’s for the first time, including more than a third of the people living in a Noah Homes residence. Ferrantelli volunteered to lead a $6.7 million fundraising campaign to create two of the first Memory Care Homes for this underserved population. He made a $1 million lead gift to the campaign. Seven months later, the campaign team had raised a total of $4 million with another $1 million in funds available to match.

“Mrs. Ferrantelli and I have experienced residential care facilities throughout Southern California, and in 1990 we found Shangri-La for our son in Noah Homes. Noah Homes is, in our opinion, the best place on Earth for those who wish to live there,” said Peter Ferrantelli. “A donor once asked me how much skin I had in the game. For Noah and the new Memory Care Homes, I’m all in.” 

St. Madeline Sophie’s Center is another of Ferrantelli’s favorite causes. Challenged by his 89-year-old grandfather several decades ago, he raised $70,000 to build a new classroom for preschool children with developmental disabilities at the organization. The center grew from ten to 60 children. He has also personally given more than $400,000 of his own money to support St. Madeline Sophie’s Center, which has grown with the help of many families to now serve more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities.

“A good volunteer fundraiser is an amazing resource for a charity to have, but an outstanding one—exemplified by Peter Ferrantelli and his work—can mean the difference between success and failure in their fundraising and their mission,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP. “Through his passion, commitment and generosity, Mr. Ferrantelli has being helping charities find success—and change the world—for decades now. We are honored to be able to recognize his lifetime of philanthropy and social impact.”

The National Philanthropy Day® Honors recognize outstanding leadership, commitment and generosity in philanthropy. Ferrantelli is one of six finalists who will be honored at the National Philanthropy Day Honors event on Nov. 12 in New York City.

More information about the event and the honorees can be found at the National Philanthropy Day Honors website:

Information about Noah Homes and the Memory Care Project can be found at

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