Photo Gallery ~ AFP 46th International Conference on Fundraising-Monday
“The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and Donor2/Campus Management have been part of the exposition floor for 20 consecutive conferences,” noted Robbe A. Healey, MBA, NHA, ACFRE, senior member, Farr Healey Consulting LLC, West Chester, Pa., and AFP chair during the J. Richard Wilson Keynote Address on Monday morning. “And this year, three organizations—Crescendo Interactive Incorporated, Ketchum and The Stelter Company—mark their 25th anniversary of being with us on the exposition floor. That’s impressive dedication and commitment to the profession.”
“An important program your gifts support is the foundation’s Chamberlain Scholarships, which enable one member from each AFP chapter to register for this international conference,” said Donald G. Rizzo, CFRE, vice president, institutional advancement, University of Hartford, West Hartford, Conn., and chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy.
The 2009 Chamberlain Scholars
Michael Rodgers of CCS in New York (right), presents the CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional to Kenneth C. Frisch, ACFRE, director of development at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian, delivered the J. Richard Wilson Keynote Address. She gave a fascinating account of the leadership qualities of Abraham Lincoln, drawing from her book A Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. When Lincoln was elected president in 1860, his only national political experience was a single term in Congress years before and two failed Senate races. Furthermore, he had only one year of formal schooling. When he appointed his three chief rivals for the presidency to his cabinet, critics and friends alike thought the decision a dangerous one. Goodwin said Lincoln’s reply was simple: “We needed the strongest men of the party in the cabinet. We needed to hold our own people together, and I concluded that these were the very strongest men. I had no right to deprive the country of their service.”
One of Lincoln’s unique leadership qualities was his ability to put himself in others’ shoes, Goodwin explained. He was alone in trying to understand the Southerners’ position from their perspective. She said Lincoln felt, “They are just what we would be in their situation. If slavery did not now exist among them, they would not introduce it. If it did now exist among us, we should not instantly give it up.”
Tragedy was a part of Lincoln’s life, Goodwin said, and in the 1830s he became so depressed that his friends worried that he was suicidal. His best friend, Joshua Speed, warned him that he would die if he did not rally. As Goodwin explained, Lincoln told his friend that he did not mind dying, but that so far he had “done nothing to make any human being remember that he had lived.” “Even in this moment of despair, the strength of Lincoln’s desire to leave the world a little better for his having lived in it carried him forward,” Goodwin said. “It became his lodestar, providing a set of principles and standards to guide his everyday actions.”