Stanford University Student Earns International Youth Philanthropy Award
(Arlington, VA) Kinsey Morrison, an 18-year old college student who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia at a young age and has now raised more than $600,000 for a variety of charitable causes, has been named the 2015 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Morrison will receive her 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: http://afpnet.org/NPDHonors
The Bob Carter Companies Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy 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.
Morrison’s philanthropic work began at the age of 6, when she spoke to a group of 200 volunteers and donors for the United Blood Services after having received more than 100 transfusions to treat aplastic anemia. Instead of just thanking them, she gave an unexpected, spontaneous five-minute speech, ending with, “I call my illness the Dragon. My parents call me a dragon slayer. You are all dragon slayers.”
Ever since, Morrison has never stopped working to slay countless dragons. She has raised more than $600,000 for a wide variety of causes, many of them health- and cancer-related, including American Red Cross (Louisville and Albuquerque), American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Girl Scouts, St. Francis School, Aplastic Anemia & MDS Foundation, Camp Quality, and Gilda’s Club Louisville.
“I am haunted and blessed by the spirits of those whose dreams I carry with mine,” said Morrison. “I have so much more to learn, but I’m incredibly grateful to AFP for recognizing my efforts to make a difference, and in doing so, uplifting the voices of all those I speak for when they can’t. Philanthropy is a tool to help all of those people speak for themselves –from childhood cancer patients fighting for their lives, to oppressed families fighting for a chance in a system not built for them. I know just how fortunate I am to receive this honor and opportunity, and will pay it forward in every way that I can.”
But Morrison does more than just raise money for causes. She uses her voice to champion the underserved and challenge perceived injustices in the world, serving as a tutor to immigrants and a peer companion to youth with cancer. She has become a vocal advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement and helped to write an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court for marriage equality, speaking on the steps of the Supreme Court during the hearing last April.
Morrison has volunteered for many organizations, including the Center for Women and Families, Repair Affair, Salvation Army, Scoutorama, Girl Scouts, Gilda’s Club (as a camp counselor and peer counselor), Humane Society, Adelante (tutoring low income Latina teens) and Habla (tutoring Stanford University janitorial staff).
“What strikes me about Kinsey Morrison is her absolutely tireless dedication,” said Bob Carter, CFRE, president of Bob Carter Companies. “She never seems to sleep, and she has made such a difference in the lives of so many through her generosity, selflessness and enthusiasm. I cannot wait to see what type of philanthropic projects she may turn to in the years to come.”
The National Philanthropy Day® Honors recognize outstanding leadership, commitment and generosity in philanthropy. Morrison is one of six finalists who will be honored at the National Philanthropy Day Honors event on Nov. 12 in New York City.
“What Kinsey Morison has done in her life already is truly extraordinary,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP. “She reminds us that philanthropy knows no age, and that we are only limited by our desire to make change and willingness to stand up for what is right. AFP is honored to be able to recognize Kinsey, and we’re looking forward to hearing from her at our NPD Honors event in November.”
More information about the event and the honorees can be found at the National Philanthropy Day Honors website: www.npdlove.com.