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AFP Presents Birmingham Fundraiser Moran With Highest Volunteer Honor

(June 24, 2009) AFP recently honored William M. (Bill) Moran, ACFRE, with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP, the association’s highest volunteer and leadership recognition. Nominations for this and other AFP awards for 2009 are due July 15.

Moran is currently the executive director of St. Vincent’s Foundation in Birmingham, Ala., and has been a member of AFP since 1977, serving in a variety of leadership positions and spearheading several important initiatives for the association, including the development of the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential.

The award is named for Barbara Marion, ACFRE, the first woman to chair both the AFP and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy boards of directors. The Barbara Marion Award is given to a leader in the fundraising profession who has worked on the local, regional, national and international levels to help build, advance and promote AFP and fundraising.  In addition, the honoree demonstrates involvement in the creation, development, training, teaching and/or mentoring of programs, campaigns, initiatives and projects for AFP and its members and supports them financially. 

Moran’s service to AFP and the fundraising profession spans more than 30 years, including several years on the international board of directors and executive committee of both the association and the foundation. Locally, he has been on the board of directors of the AFP Alabama Chapter since 1989 and has contributed to every aspect of the chapter’s operations and programming. His work includes starting other AFP chapters in Montgomery and Mobile, and has recently recommended the creation of a new chapter in Huntsville to better serve fundraisers in that community.

Moran worked extensively on the ACFRE credential, serving as chair of the ACFRE Committee and refining the credential process. He was also a member of the first class of individuals to earn the prestigious credential. In addition, he was a key player in changing accounting standards for fundraising to better reflect the realities of the nonprofit sector. He worked closely with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and helped develop standards that now apply to the entire profession.

Moran began his fundraising career in Tennessee. He helped to found the AFP Tennessee Chapter in 1980 and served as its chapter president in 1984. He moved to Birmingham later that same year and was named the Alabama Chapter’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional in 1988.    

“We are so honored to be able to recognize Bill for all of the extraordinary work that he has done for the fundraising community,” said Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. “I know Bill well both as a colleague and a friend, and the profession is lucky to have him. He gives so much of himself to others and to fundraising, and we’re thrilled to be able to give something back to him. Congratulations, Bill!”

Moran will be honored during the AFP Leadership Academy in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 16-17.

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