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2020 National Philanthropy Day

Thursday, November 12, 2020 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

2020 National Philanthropy Day

Location: Virtual from your location!
Description: Right after the Association of Fundraising Professionals - International program, that will run from 11am to 12:45 pm, we will switch over to our local program that will run from 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

Agenda includes: Chapter Annual Meeting, Hear An Update on LOCAL AFP News and then we honor our three award recipients. The Virtual Meeting Link will go out to registrant the day before the event on November 11,2020.

Please join the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northern Plains Chapter in congratulating the following people:

First, our Philanthropist of the Year - Celebrating an individual or couple who exemplify a lifestyle of charitable giving. This year's Philanthropist of the Year is Mark Meier, Founder of Heaven's Helpers Soup Cafe in Bismarck! According to his nominator: "Mark had a vision....he has sacrificed and stayed committed to his life’s work. The number of hours and the amount of money he has committed to this effort is unfathomable. Some people give generously of their time and money, but few dedicate their entire life in service to the hungry and poor. The Heaven’s Helper’s Soup Café has been a blessing for everyone in the Bismarck/Mandan area – those who need its services and those who are blessed to serve – and it would not exist except for Mark, his passion for service, and his love for his fellow man" Please join us in congratulating Mark as our Philanthropist of the Year!

Second, one of our two Respected Fundraising Professional 2020 Awards - this distinction celebrates a passionate fundraising professional who exemplifies the highest standards of ethical practice and who effectively champions the cause of a nonprofit mission. Please join us in congratulating Larry J. Robinson with the Valley City State University Foundation! According to his nominator: "Larry is the consummate role model for other fundraisers. He helps us see the value in developing long term relationships and identifying projects that will align with the donor’s values. Larry approaches his work with kindness, respect, and authenticity. What you see is real. What you hear from him is true. When you ask questions, you can be assured that the answer is forthright and accurate. Larry’s leadership impact on the university has been felt for over 40 years. He is a master at motivating others around him to rally around an issue, project, or goal. He allows people to contribute to the process based on their skills and expertise."

Lastly, please join us in congratulating Travis Christopher with Hospice of the Red River Valley! According to his nominator: "Travis is more than just a fundraising professional. He is a people-first, mission-driven individual who is determined to make a difference in our community. Travis’s passion for fundraising goes beyond his personal goals. His hope is that all fundraising professionals will succeed. He is a mentor and a cheerleader. Travis exhibits many traits that help him in his profession – trust, integrity and a good listener to name a few. His positive attitude and energy are contagious. Travis has had years of success as a fundraiser and I know will have many more amazing years ahead of him!"

Contact Information:
Association of Fundraising Professionals Northern Plains Chapter
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