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AFP-Alabama Announces 2014 National Philanthropy Day Award Recipients 

The Association of Fundraising Professionals - Alabama Chapter (AFP-AL) has announced the selection of the Chapter’s 2014 National Philanthropy Day Awards recipients.  Honorees will be recognized on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at The Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham.  Award recipients will be honored during the luncheon, emceed by Alabama’s 13 WVTM Anchor Eunice Elliott.


The recipients of the 2014 National Philanthropy Day Awards are:

  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Myrah Taylor, nominated by Valerie Gerber, Development Director of Grace House Ministries. Ms. Taylor has contributed in so many different ways to worthy causes in the community. From her role as president of her Girl Scout Troop to her volunteer activities and speaking engagements at Grace House Ministries, this “Miss Outstanding Teen” has utilized her platform to become a champion for local causes. No task is too small or too large for her to tackle. She takes joy in preparing lunches for the homeless as well as writing and securing community grants in order to fund school projects.  She has also successfully raised funds for various agencies in our community that work directly with children in need. This independent, capable and successful young woman has been a role model to younger girls as well as an example to her peers.


  • Outstanding Charitable Organization: The Woodlawn Foundation, nominated by Shirley Salloway Kahn, Ph.D, UAB Vice President for Development, Alumni and External Relations. Woodlawn Foundation’s efforts to revitalize the once robust community of Woodlawn are an inspiration to the residents, city leaders, community workers, and every volunteer who has witnessed this labor of love. They have led the way for radical improvements in the area, including expanded arts and educational opportunities, affordable housing, improved social services, and economic growth. Through their Purpose Built Community model, the Foundation is leading an entire community to recapture health, happiness and prosperity.


  • The William S. Roth Outstanding Fundraising Executive: Tom Cosby, nominated by Coke Matthews, Executive Vice President of Children’s of Alabama Foundation. Mr. Cosby is noted as a leading professional fundraiser in Alabama through his work with the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Business Alliance and National Community Development Services. While serving the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Cosby created the Alabama’s first Total Resource Campaign and planned and successfully implemented numerous semi-annual, multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns for the Chamber of Commerce and Business Alliance. Most recently, Cosby helped raise over $8 million towards the renovation of the historic Alabama Theatre’s Lyric theatre resulting in new growth and development in and around the theatre’s Third Avenue North Location and helping the City of Birmingham earn recognition as one of the top 10 most livable cities in the U.S.


  • The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Outstanding Professional Advisor: Nancy Hughes and Leah Scalise of Hughes & Scalise, PC, nominated by Shirley Salloway Kahn, Ph.D, UAB Vice President for Development, Alumni and External Relations. Ms. Hughes and Ms. Scalise are passionate about serving our community. Their support, individually and professionally, includes work with or on behalf of UAB, United Way of Central Alabama, Oasis Counseling, Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Birmingham Zoo, Alabama Public Television, YWCA Foundation, Children’s Aid Society, Sloss Furnaces Foundation, The Women’s Fund, American Red Cross, and Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama. Ms. Hughes and Ms. Scalise have a depth of knowledge in estate and charitable planning and have both been active members of the Alabama Planned Giving Council. They were personally invested in seeing a deceased client’s goal to build a retirement home for veterans come to fruition. The Trinka Davis Veteran’s Village, a 42-bed facility in Carrolton, Georgia, provides comprehensive home-style care to returning veterans as well as financial assistance to disabled and deceased veterans and their families.


  • Outstanding Corporate Citizen: The Buffalo Rock Company, nominated by Shirley Salloway Kahn, Ph.D, UAB Vice President for Development, Alumni and External Relations. Buffalo Rock is a name that is synonymous with community service. The company has a reputation for generosity that has been well known for generations, supporting a variety of charities and nonprofit organizations including UAB, United Way of Central Alabama and Children’s of Alabama. Since UAB Hospital's inception in 1939, the Lee family and Buffalo Rock have supported countless endeavors that have led to exceptional healthcare advances and support of numerous UAB students.  Buffalo Rock is also a constant presence at community events providing products, signage and volunteers to promote numerous worthy causes. These contributions continue to influence the growth and development of UAB and the state.                            


  • The United Way of Central Alabama Outstanding Civic Leader Award: Nancy Goedecke, nominated by Jennifer Fields Hall, American Red Cross Alabama Region. Ms. Goedecke is the CEO of Mayer Electric Supply Company and has been involved in volunteer service and philanthropy in Alabama for more than two decades. She is part of a family ingrained with a philanthropic spirit that spans over 60 years that is demonstrated by their personal and professional devotion to helping others. Mrs. Goedecke has offered her time and service to more than 25 nonprofit and civic groups. Currently, she serves on the boards of the American Red Cross, BB&T local board, Birmingham Business Alliance, Emmett O’Neal Library Foundation, Leadership Birmingham, Pathways, REV Birmingham, and UAB Leadership Cabinet. She is a Past President of the YWCA Junior Board, sustainer of the Junior League of Birmingham, participant in Leadership Birmingham, Past President of the Collat Jewish Family Services, and board member of Girl Scouts, United Way of Central Alabama, and YouthServe.


  • The Virginia B. and William M. Spencer Outstanding Philanthropist: The Brock Family, nominated by William Foster, President & CEO of the Birmingham Zoo and Randy Pittman, Vice President – University Advancement of Samford University. The Brock family has demonstrated exceptional financial generosity to many organizations across Alabama including United Way of Central Alabama, the University of Alabama, and the Birmingham Zoo. Their philanthropic efforts have had a direct impact on the quality of life for students at UAB and Samford University. Philanthropy has been a way of life for this family as they have served as catalysts for transforming Samford from a quiet private college into a major university and for continued healthcare research at UAB to enhance the quality of life in Alabama.


Tickets for the National Philanthropy Day luncheon can be purchased by clicking hereEarly Bird prices are available until October 16 and are $45 for individuals, $405 for a table of eight, and $505 for a Volunteer in Philanthropy table of eight. After October 16 tickets will be $55 for individuals, $495 for a table of eight, and $595 for a VIP table of eight. For information on sponsorship packages please email The deadline for ticket purchase is Wednesday, November 5.

National Philanthropy Day 2014 is sponsored by Alabama’s 13 WVTM, the Birmingham Business Journal, Protective Life, United Way of Central Alabama, Regions Bank and Cvent.



AFP Alabama Presents: Tips and Techniques for the Small Shop Non-Profit


Join us for a free panel discussion with some of our community’s leading experts in nonprofit management who will answer your questions about fundraising on Friday, September 26, 2014, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Junior League of Birmingham. Panelists include Margaret Ritchie, MPA, Executive Director of the Alabama Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; Kimberly Richardson, President of Kimberly Richardson Consulting LLC, Joan Wright, Executive Director of Childcare Resources; Alane Larimer, CFRE, Principal at Larimer, Waldrop & Associates; and Robert Dewhurst, Ed.D. CFRE, CCNL, Vice President of Ministry Development of Alabama Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries.


The discussion will be helpful to organizations of any size. Please bring a bag lunch.


To register click here




Now accepting Chamberlain Scholarship Applications!


Ever want to attend an AFP International Conference but couldn't find the funding? Let AFP Alabama help you! Each year, our chapter selects one individual to receive the Chamberlain Scholarship, which covers the cost of conference registration (minus a $10 processing fee).


The 2015 conference is scheduled to take place in Baltimore, Maryland March 29-31, 2015. All you have to do is fill out an application and turn it in to our Education Chair, Kristin Martin, at Questions? Call Kristin at (205) 802-6494.


Click here for the application. Deadline is Oct. 1.

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