The Eastern PA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will present its new Lona M. Farr, Ph.D., ACFRE Award of Distinction for a Fundraising Professional to the award’s namesake during the chapter’s 2017 National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast.

The new award will be given at the chapter’s intense discretion to an elite individual who has exemplified throughout an accomplished career the highest standards of excellence and the most critical quality of a fundraiser – the commitment to give of their time, their talents, and their treasure to their fullest capability. By making these gifts, an honoree transcends the traditional role of a fundraiser and is recognized as a peer by the region’s philanthropic leaders. Each honoree must work successfully as a professional fundraiser for 25 years or more; earn Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) accreditation from AFP; give of their time tirelessly as a lifelong learner, AFP member, and advocate for professional fundraising; give of their talents freely as an educator and mentor for other fundraising professionals; give of their treasure willingly through meaningful philanthropic contributions to community organizations; and reflect the highest standards of ethical fundraising, adherence to the AFP Donor Bill of Rights, and donor-focused stewardship.

Dr. Farr is founder of Farr Associates Consulting LLC (FAC), has more than 45 years of nonprofit management experience. She has been nationally recognized for her accomplishments in capital and annual campaigns, planned giving programs, volunteer management, public relations and marketing. Her legacy includes establishing FAC as a leader in the area of capital campaigns ranging from $400,000 to $50 million. She has helped organizations raise more than $425 million. Included in this total are five Kresge grants secured for clients since 2000.

Dr. Farr was one of the first 14 individuals in the United States to earn the designation Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) and is the past chair of the ACFRE Certification Board. She holds a doctorate from Union Institute and Graduate School and a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College.

A consultant for more than 20 years, she served in leadership positions at Muhlenberg College, DeSales University, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital and Diakon/The Lutheran Home at Topton. She has been a member of the adjunct faculties of Moravian College, Alvernia College and Villanova University and is an Association of Fundraising Professionals master teacher. Lona has been designated a Faculty Star by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Dr. Farr’s current volunteer activities include The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Allentown Symphony, Muhlenberg College and Wildlands Conservancy. She is a member of the Boards of Associates of the Lehigh Valley Health Network and Cedar Crest College.

“Lona Farr is one of our nation’s most outstanding fundraising professionals, and it is a tremendous benefit that she practices her craft here in eastern Pennsylvania,” said AFP Eastern PA Chapter President Judy Belaires, CFRE. “Dr. Farr and all of the people, organizations, philanthropists, and companies we will honor exemplify a devotion and coveted ability to enable organizations to build better communities and ensure stronger futures.”

The chapter’s 2017 National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast, presented by the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at DeSales University.

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