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Weinstein Named CCS Outstanding Fundraising Professional

January 10, 2006

(Jan. 9, 2006) Stanley Weinstein, ACFRE, president of Stanley Weinstein & Co. in Albuquerque, N.M., is the recipient of this year's Community Counselling Service (CCS) Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional.

Upon being asked his reaction to this award, Weinstein replied, 'A Buddhist monk once told me that to maintain balance in life, a person must treat each compliment or award as well as each complaint or criticism as a snowflake that falls upon you then evaporates. This is easier said then done. I am deeply honored by this award. And as I let my feelings come into their proper perspective, I am left with profound gratitude to many visionary leaders, volunteers and fundraising professionals. These are the people who taught me so much and allowed the campaigns, development programs, and nonprofit organizations to achieve their aspirations.'

Weinstein, working with visionary leaders, has helped change the face of philanthropy in New Mexico. The largest donation given to a nonprofit in New Mexico was Shelby Davis's $50 million commitment to the United World College. When the Archdiocese of Santa Fe formed the Catholic Foundation, they engaged his services. The Foundation quickly grew to have more than $20 million in assets. His firm also provided support for All Faiths Receiving Home's $3 million capital campaign, the Lensic Theatre's $9 million campaign, Albuquerque T-VI Foundation's $3 million endowment and capital campaign, the Santa Fe Opera's $20 million capital campaign and numerous other successful campaigns.

Weinstein will receive the CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional at AFP's International Conference on Fundraising in Atlanta on Monday morning, April 3, 2006, during the J. Richard Wilson Keynote Address. Last year's honoree, Ann H. Moffitt, ACFRE, CEO of Keystone Human Partnerships in Harrisonburg, Pa., will be on hand to help present the award, along with a representative from CCS.

 'We're so pleased to be able to help AFP recognize such an amazing individual like Stanley Weinstein,' said Bill Hanrahan, CEO of CCS. 'He has done so much for the profession and for philanthropy, and hopefully his accomplishments and approach to fundraising can serve as a guide for others, especially those just entering the field.'

A Life Devoted to Philanthropy, Fundraising

While Weinstein began his professional life as a symphony musician, he moved from performance to management and served as the development director and interim general manager of the New Orleans Symphony. In 1985, a search firm lured him to serve as director of development for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

During his three-year tenure with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (NMSO), the organization's net contributed income increased from its previous annual high of $260,000 to more than $1.6 million annually. With a solid base to build upon, the NMSO has continued to experience dramatic increases in contributed income.

In 1988, he started Stanley Weinstein & Co., a consulting firm that evolved into Barter Farr Thomas & Weinstein with offices in New Mexico and Pennsylvania. The firm ended up serving more than 300 clients across the United States during the next 13 years.

However, in 2002, Weinstein decided to focus his attention on capital campaigns and capacity-building services for nonprofits nationwide and again named his firm Stanley Weinstein & Co.

Recent successes include capital campaigns for the YMCA of Central New Mexico, Michael D. Palm Theatre for Performing Arts and St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral. The Palm Theatre received the first million-dollar gift ever donated in Telluride. The YMCA of Central New Mexico received two contributions from individuals of $1 million each. Renovations of St. Francis Cathedral were important in preserving one of New Mexico's most recognizable landmarks.

The Complete Fundraiser

Weinstein's accomplishments go beyond just the professional. Weinstein was a founding leader of the New Mexico Chapter of AFP. During his term as chapter president, the New Mexico Chapter was the nation's fastest growing chapter. Stanley also served as president of the New Mexico Planned Giving Council.

No stranger to volunteer service, Stanley is currently board president of the Barrett Foundation, an organization helping women and children break the cycle of homelessness. He also serves on the boards of the Albuquerque Zen Center and the Samaritan Counseling Center Foundation.

Stanley is the author of two best-selling fundraising books, The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management, 2nd Edition, and Capital Campaigns from the Ground Up, both published by John Wiley & Sons. He also wrote an article and edited an issue titled Transformational Leadership--Vision, Persuasion, and Team Building for the Development Professional for The Center on Philanthropy's New Directions Philanthropic Fundraising. Mr. Weinstein holds an Executive MBA degree from the University of New Mexico.

'It would be one thing if Stanley were just a great fundraiser, but he truly believes in giving back to the profession,' said Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. 'He encompasses what it means to be a complete fundraising professional, and I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award than Stanley.'

Maehara also thanked CCS for their continued support of the award.

In celebration of Weinstein's honor, his two books are on sale all month at the AFP Online Bookstore.

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