Nine fundraising professionals will be honored Feb. 12 for their philanthropic efforts in Austin's nonprofit community.
The Greater Austin chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will hold its annual Philanthropy Day awards luncheon Feb. 12 at the Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel. Chapter members nominated nine honorees in eight categories.
"Generally nonprofits who benefit from the honorees' volunteer service or receive significant financial contributions from outstanding philanthropists nominate potential honorees," said Seth Sather, AFP Greater Austin chapter spokesman. "Each awardee is seen by the nominating organization as a tremendous asset in helping them achieve their respective missions."
This year's nominees include:
Outstanding Philanthropists—Carolyn and Marc Seriff, AOL co-founder and philanthropist couple
Outstanding Philanthropic Large Corporation: IBM, for 50 years of Central Texas philanthropy work
Outstanding Philanthropic Small/Medium Corporation: Cook-Walden Funeral Homes and Cemeteries, for contributions to A Legacy to Giving
Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation/Organization: The RGK Foundation, for contributions to the region's childhood health and development fields
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Amber Carden, for leading 11 capital and annual campaigns in the past decade
Kelly Davidson Memorial Outstanding Philanthropic Youth: Alyssa Epstein, a high school junior active with Emancipet
Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Kristi Katz Gordy, for contributions as senior director of development at the Dell Children's Medical Center Foundation
Special Recognition: Chris Collier, the first chairman of AFP's board of directors
The AFP Greater Austin chapter includes 340 professionals from various community-driven programs and nonprofit organizations. This year marks the chapter's 30-year anniversary.
Individual tickets and sponsorships for the Feb. 12 luncheon are sold out.