Nonprofit fundraisers to gather for Philanthropy Day luncheon

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.

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.