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Ohio Fundraiser Frisch Named 2009 CCS Outstanding Fundraising Professional

(April 28, 2009) Kenneth C. Frisch, ACFRE, director of development for Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg, is the recipient of the 2009 Community Counselling Service (CCS) Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional presented by AFP.

The award is presented to the fundraiser who has practiced his or her profession in an exemplary manner for at least 15 years. He or she must have demonstrated effective, creative and stimulating leadership and practiced and promoted ethical fundraising. Frisch receive the honor on March 30, 2009 at AFP’s 46th International Conference on Fundraising in New Orleans.

“I am truly humbled by the honor,” said Frisch.  “I would not have had any success without the support and guidance of colleagues, the enthusiastic commitment of volunteers and the generosity of numerous philanthropists, so I will be accepting this award on behalf of each of them.” 

Frisch did not start his career in fundraising, but was a teacher at Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City, Ohio. However, the school had no money for the arts, so he began raising funds for the school and the community, including founding a community theatre. Finding a life calling, he gained fundraising experience through a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts and positions at the Ohio University School of Theater and the Southeastern Ohio Voluntary Education Cooperative. 

However, it was during his time at Ohio University and Bowling Green State University (22 years) that he blossomed into a premier fundraiser, leading million-dollar campaigns, overseeing the creation and expansion of development programs and managing hundreds of volunteers.

Hospice of Northwest Ohio hired Frisch in 2003 to raise the final $6.4 million of a $9 million capital campaign.  Upon doing so successfully, he was hired to create the organization’s first comprehensive fundraising plan, including the introduction of employee giving programs and a planned giving initiative, as well as increasing board member involvement in development activities.  He now raises $2 million annually to support hospice patient and family care, education and community outreach.

"All of us at CCS are honored to recognize Mr. Frisch for his outstanding work in the field," said Robert Kissane, president of CCS. "Ken is not just an outstanding fundraiser, but a true professional who is dedicated to advancing philanthropy and fundraising through his service to the field and to his colleagues. The organizations that have worked with him are lucky indeed, and we salute him for his great work."

Frisch is just one of just 84 fundraisers in the world to have earned the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential, and served on the committee that recently revised the ACFRE written exam. He is also just one of 125 fundraisers in the world to be certified as a Master Teacher through AFP’s Faculty Training Academy. He routinely serves as a speaker and trainer at numerous fundraising and philanthropy conferences across North America and is actively involved with many charities as a volunteer and donor.

“Ken is an outstanding example of someone who not only works in philanthropy, but lives philanthropy,” said Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. “It is not just a job for him, but a calling. Of course he is exemplary at raising funds, but even more importantly, he guides and inspires others and gives back to his profession. AFP is proud to honor Ken and his extraordinary dedication to ethical and effective fundraising.”

Click here for more information about AFP’s Awards for Philanthropy honorees. You can view photos of the 46th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in our photo gallery.

The 47th International Conference on Fundraising will be held in Baltimore, Md., and will feature celebrations of AFP’s 50th Anniversary! More information to come soon.

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