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Virginia Donor-Volunteer Power Couple Named 2015 Outstanding Philanthropists

Brock 2015 NPD Award(Arlington, VA)  Macon and Joan Brock, a Virginia Beach couple who has given more than $45 million to a variety of charitable causes, have been named the 2015 Outstanding Philanthropists by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

The Brocks will receive their award at the second annual National Philanthropy Day® Honors event on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. The public can attend the 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors event free of charge. Attendees can register for the event online here:

The Outstanding Philanthropist Award honors an individual with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles on a community, national and/or international level.

Joan and Macon Brock’s philanthropic impact involves supporting numerous organizations, especially those focusing on education, social action, the arts and the environment, four of their biggest passions. Just a few of the many charities they have supported include the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Randolph Macon College, Virginia Wesleyan College, Longwood University, Access College Foundation, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and the United Way, including the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way.

One of the couple’s favorite causes is the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. In November 2014, through a major gift to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Brock Environmental Center opened, educating thousands on the challenges to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The building itself is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world.

“Joan and I are proud to be able to help organization that we believe make a difference,” said Macon Brock. “We love to see things happen and so we participate in the successes of these causes. It’s really a lot of fun and very rewarding.

The Brocks have also given thousands of dollars to support Schools for Salone, a charity that partners with local villages in Sierra Leone, West Africa, to rebuild the schools devastated in the ten-year civil war that ended in 2002. They helped fund a school there and later went to visit it to see the progress and its impact upon the local community.

The couple does more than just give to organizations. For example, Joan became a docent at the Chrysler Museum of Art, then later joined the Board of Trustees and became its first woman chairperson in 2004-2006. Macon later served on the organization’s board as well, and under his chairmanship, the museum professionalized its development program. His leadership and the Brocks’ lead gift of six million dollars led to the success of the museum’s $45 million major gift campaign.

“Any cause lucky enough to be supported by the Brocks gets not one but two amazing philanthropists who give from their head as well as their heart,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP. “Their philanthropy has impacted the lives of so many people, and they truly understand what it takes for charities to survive and thrive in today’s environment. All of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize them for their extraordinary generosity.”

The National Philanthropy Day® Honors recognize outstanding leadership, commitment and generosity in philanthropy. The Brocks are 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:

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