Ross and Wendy Born were honored with the Eastern PA Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award and the She Nailed It! project by Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley received the chapter’s Special Project of the Year Award at its National Philanthropy Day breakfast at DeSales University.

Part of the National Philanthropy Day event produced by AFP, the Eastern PA Chapter’s annual awards breakfast is held to increase awareness of fundraising professionals, individuals, foundations, organizations, and corporations who are responsible for millions of dollars in community investment each year. The 2019 breakfast was presented by the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation.

Presented by chapter’s Board of Directors, the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the extraordinary lifetime achievement of individual philanthropists whose impact upon the greater Lehigh Valley community has been profound, inspiring, and sustained.

Additional awards presented Wednesday included the Outstanding Philanthropists to Bill and Denise Spence; the Outstanding Foundation Award to The Century Fund; the Outstanding Business Award to ASR Media; the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers Award to Anthony and Evelyn Carfagno; the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award to David Alderfer, CFRE, of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network; and the Rising Star Award to Kate Cohen, MPA, of the Greater Valley YMCA.

The Special Project of the Year Award was determined by a 12-day online vote in October. The additional nominees were Go Red for Women 2019 by the American Heart Association; the 2018 Good Neighbor Awards by PBS39/WLVT Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation; PEEPS® Helping Peeps by United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley; and Rock a Thon by Morningstar Senior Living.

The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has worked to advance ethical and effective fundraising throughout its region since 1986. Most of its members represent organizations in Lehigh and Northampton counties. Its approximately 150 members are active professionals in the development, public relations, nonprofit management, and fundraising consulting fields. Nonprofit organizations in the Lehigh Valley area constitute an $8.9 billion industry.

Photos by the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation