Photo Gallery ~ AFP 46th International Conference on Fundraising-Tuesday
Harry Lynch, CFRE, CEO, Sanky Communications, New York, and vice chair for external relations (left) and Peter Fissinger, CFRE, president of Campbell and Company in Chicago (right), presented the Campbell and Company Award for Excellence in Fundraising to Thaler McCormick, executive director of ForKids in Norfolk, Va. The Campbell and Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising are presented to organizations that have excelled in increasing their donor base, increasing the amount of funds raised, improving return on investment or developing an innovative fundraising initiative.
Karla A. Williams, ACFRE, principal, The Williams Group, Charlotte, N.C., and chair of the ACFRE Professional Certification Board, recognized Philip G. Schumacher, ACFRE, executive director, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, La Crosse, Wis. (left) and Walt R. Gillette III, ACFRE, director of development, WAMU 88.5 FM, American University Radio, Washington, D.C. (right) as two of the newest ACFREs. Dree Thomson-Diamond, ACFRE, a consultant for DTD Consulting in Edmonton, Alberta, also achieved her certification, but was not able to attend.
Academy Award-winning actor, author, diplomat and humanitarian Sidney Poitier delivered the Maurice G. Gurin Lecture on Philanthropy, in which he gave an insightful, moving and inspiring “album” of his life.
Born in Miami in 1927, Poitier spent his childhood with seven brothers and sisters in Cat Island, Bahamas, where his parents were tomato farmers. As Poitier explained, trauma has had a huge impact on his life. Born two months prematurely, no one expected him to live—except for his mother, Evelyn Outten. When he was 15, his parents sent him to Florida to live with family, and later Poitier moved to New York, working various menial jobs. However, people’s generosity had an equally important effect on his life. After a night in jail in 1943, an officer followed young Poitier out of the police station, gave him 50 cents and told him about an orphanage in Brooklyn run by Catholic sisters. “The sisters took me in and treated me with genuine love and affection,” Poitier recalled. Two weeks later he joined the Army. Afterward, he worked as a dishwasher in a restaurant until he auditioned successfully for a spot with the American Negro Theater. He was never vagrant or homeless again.
Poitier remembered other acts of philanthropy that had a significant impact on his life. When he was working as a dishwasher, one night a Jewish waiter saw Poitier reading the newspaper to teach himself to read better. From then on, every evening after work, the waiter would read the newspaper together with Poitier to help with his reading skills. “The world would be less humane and less hopeful without philanthropy,” Poitier said.
In conclusion, Poitier told the audience, “It doesn’t matter how many times you have been knocked down, but rather what you do with your time after you get up.”