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Freeman Philanthropic Services to Support AFP Outstanding Corporation Award

January 13, 2008

(Jan. 14, 2008) Freeman Philanthropic Services LLC (FPS) has agreed to a five-year gift to the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in support of AFP’s awards program and recognition of an outstanding philanthropic corporation or business.

The Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for Outstanding Corporation will honor a corporation or its corporate foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

“When a corporation gets involved and supports charitable causes, it sends a powerful message to employees and the public about the importance of philanthropy,” said Gail Freeman, president of Freeman Philanthropic Services, a full-service executive recruitment firm with offices in New York and Boston that specializes in nonprofit institutions and organizations. “All of us at FPS believe strongly that effective corporate philanthropic leadership needs to be honored and recognized, not only because of the good work that the corporation is doing, but also because of the example it sets for other organizations.”

The Award for Outstanding Corporation was first presented in 1989 to Dayton Hudson Corp. & the Dayton Hudson Foundation. Other past recipients of the honor include Aetna Life and Casualty, J.C. Penney, Hallmark Cards, Johnson & Johnson, Pier 1 Imports and last year’s honoree, Toyota.

“Gail Freeman and her firm have a long history of involvement and support of AFP and the AFP Foundation, and this gift demonstrates dramatically her continuing and significant support of the fundraising profession,” said Paul J. Strawhecker, MPA, ACFRE, president of Paul J. Strawhecker Inc., in Omaha, Neb., and chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy. “Companies can play a critical role in philanthropy and should be encouraged to do so. The Award for Outstanding Corporation helps identify the best corporate role models in the world, and the foundation appreciates so much the support of Gail Freeman and Freeman Philanthropic Services.”

The 2008 Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for Outstanding Corporation will be presented at the Awards for Philanthropy Banquet during the 45th International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego, March 30–April 2, 2008. The 2008 winner will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

More information about the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy can be found on the AFP website.

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