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Ryan Receives AFP Founders’ Medallion

April 2, 2008

(April 2, 2008) Long-time fundraiser and pioneer J. Patrick Ryan was honored with the AFP Founders’ Medallion during the association’s recent board of directors’ meeting in San Diego on March 28.

Ryan helped form Staley Robeson Ryan in 1977, and the firm now operates under the name of Skystone Ryan. The firm has served more than 1,200 nonprofit organizations since its inception. Underscoring his interest in and commitment to research, the firm sponsors AFP’s Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy for many years.

Ryan also devoted a considerable amount of time to AFP as well. He served on the board of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy (known then as the NSFRE Foundation) for seven years, and he was chair of the foundation from 1986 through 1988. He is also a past chair of both the World Fundraising Council and the American Association of Fundraising Counsel (AAFRC).

“His [Ryan’s] work has become part of the lexicon of our profession,” said Timothy R. Burcham, CFRE, chair of AFP, during the presentation of the medallion. “He has given so much to AFP and to the profession, and Pat, we are eternally grateful for your contributions, your time, your innovation and your support.

“We are honored to serve with you in the fundraising profession—a profession that you very much helped to build,” added Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. “No one is more deserving of this award than J. Patrick Ryan.”

The medallion is named for AFP’s four co-founders, Abel Hanson, Harry Rosen, William Simms and Benjamin Sklar, and is given to individuals who have made a profound impact on the development and advancement of the association.

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