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AFP Announces International Awards for Philanthropy Honorees

November 15, 2011

An incredibly generous businessman who resides in Arizona, but made his fortune in South Dakota; an inspiring foundation from Iowa; a powerhouse fundraising couple from Toronto; a fundraising legend in Los Angeles; a heroic young woman from Victoria; and a dynamic brother-sister team in El Paso are all recipients of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) international 2012 Awards for Philanthropy.

In conjunction with National Philanthropy Day®, celebrated every year on Nov. 15, AFP, the largest association of fundraisers in the world, recognizes the most outstanding individuals and organizations involved in the philanthropic process. Its 2012 honorees include:

  • T. Denny Sanford, Scottsdale, Ariz.: Outstanding Philanthropist, whose goal is to “die broke” and has given hundreds of millions to charity, much of it to organizations in South Dakota where he started several successful businesses.
  • The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Outstanding Foundation, honored for its remarkable working in uniting and rebuilding the community after the devastating flooding of 2008.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jamie and Patsy Anderson, Toronto, Ontario: Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers, for their extraordinary recruitment, fundraising and campaign management skills in support of mental and pediatric health causes.
  • Claudia Looney, FAHP, CFRE, Los Angeles, Calif.: CCS Outstanding Fundraising Professional, for her lifetime of tremendous fundraising success and completion of the largest fundraising achievement campaign by a freestanding children’s hospital in North America.
  • Jeneece Edroff, Victoria, British Columbia: Changing Our World/Simms Outstanding Youth Philanthropist, Ages 5-17, honored for her courage in overcoming the challenges of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a debilitating genetic disease, and raising more than $6.7 million to help children and families.
  • Megan and Justin Churchman, El Paso, Texas: Changing Our World/Simms Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 18-23, a dynamic brother-sister team who have been involved in philanthropy since they were children and have built houses in Mexico, supported an orphanage in Cameron and continue their work while in college.

More information about each of the honorees can be found on the National Philanthropy Day® website.

“Each of these honorees has chosen to make a difference in the world by getting involved and motivating to join with them in pursuit of their noble causes,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP. “They are the epitome of philanthropy—love of humankind—and serve as our role models, inspiring us to follow in their footsteps. I congratulate them all and look forward to honoring them in Vancouver at our conference next year.”

These individuals and organizations will be honored at AFP’s Celebration of Philanthropy on March 31, 2012, during its International Conference on Fundraising in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The awards are being announced on National Philanthropy Day®, sponsored by VISA, which involves more than 50,000 people in nearly 100 communities across North America, coming together to celebrate the impact of giving, volunteering and engagement. NPD events involve the honoring of local philanthropists, and a complete list of events, as well as more information about philanthropy and wise giving, can be found on the official National Philanthropy Day® website at

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