s the day that thousands of people around the world come together to both (1) put that word into action and (2) recognize the change that word has brought to our communities.
NPD is a celebration of philanthropy—giving, volunteering and charitable engagement—that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy—and all those involved in the philanthropic process—makes to our society and our world.
Outstanding Philanthropist: The Mills Family
As hosts of the Gala of Hope at their home in Beavercreek, The Mills hope to set cancer in the sunset. This event this year raised a record breaking $1.3 million dollars. Bob was named Man of the Year in 2011 for raising the most money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Barbara has led trips to Mexico with the charity Youth With a Mission. Just a glimpse at the generosity the Mills family shares with our community
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Lisa Orr
A Dayton native and CJ Alum, Lisa has spent her career in banking, and much of her leisure time volunteering for her church, Aullwood, the Red Cross, Vandalia Butler Schools, the Vandalia Food Pantry and sits on the board of Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board and the Goodwill Easter seals Development Committee. She also chaired CJ’s 40th Reunion.
Outstanding Fundraising Executive: Jena Pado
Since moving back to Dayton 11 years ago, Jena has been dedicated to help Dayton Children’s raise millions of dollars to improve children’s health in the region. As the Chief Development Office she is leading the $25 million “Reaching New Heights” campaign, the largest in the hospital’s history.
Outstanding Foundation: Yellow Springs Community Foundation
Founded in 1974 to benefit the citizens and community of Yellow Springs and Miami Township. They do so by helping the elderly, the young, the sick, and the socially disadvantaged; promoting the arts and other cultural activities; promoting scientific research; providing scholarships; supporting public recreation, conservation, and environmental improvement.
Outstanding Large Corporation: Heidelberg Distributing
From one man and one truck, this family owned Ohio business has grown through mergers, acquisitions and industry consolidation to now employing over 1600. They live their motto “When you celebrate . . . we’re there!” by supporting our communities not-for-profit organizations that work hard to bring services, arts, education, research and hope to our neighbors.
This small but mighty team (their words) is passionate about driving results and over the years, they’ve helped brands of all sorts, from local and international to corporate and non-profit, find success. In October 2013, they introduced the “C-3 Cares” initiative – a program to serve non-profits in the Dayton area by producing marketing materials such as websites, print pieces, social media training and consulting, branding, and more. Each year they sponsoring a pro bono project for a deserving and qualified Miami Valley charitable organization.To date, they have donated over $40,000 in award-winning projects and services under this program.
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
(18-23): Jessica Waters
(5-17): Owen Mockabee
Special Service Award: Lt. Gen (ret) Richard VanFleet Reynolds
The Dayton Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will celebrate the winners during the annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon, which will be held on Tuesday, November 15th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Sinclair Community College Ponitz Center (444 W 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45402)
Tickets can be purchased starting the week of September 19th at www.afpdayton.org/npd.html.
Sponsorships and tables are available as well. For sponsorship information, please contact Luke Dennis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Cella at email@example.com. You can also visit the AFP Dayton website.
About the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dayton Region Chapter
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), an association of professionals throughout the world, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy. Since 1989, development professionals, consultants, board members and nonprofit executives alike have joined the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Dayton Region Chapter in order to share best practices and stay up-to-date with current fundraising tactics, trends and strategies. AFP provides both local fundraisers and local funders the opportunity to connect and learn from each other as they work to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives, works and plays in the Greater Dayton Region.