The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter

November 30, 2011 11:19 ET

AFP's Greater Toronto Chapter Celebrates Extraordinary Canadians at 2011 Philanthropy Awards

Annual Awards Honours Outstanding Recipients for Their Achievements in Giving and Volunteering

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2011) -

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With more than 16 million donors across the country, 82 percent who have continuously supported at least one cause for five years or longer, and 80 percent who say they plan to give more to charity this year, Canadians have a lot to be proud of. Eight remarkable recipients today received Philanthropy Awards from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter at the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Philanthropy Awards program celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions of Canadians in time, leadership and financial support.

The 2011 recipients include: The Clark Family (Outstanding Philanthropist), Jamie and Patsy Anderson (Outstanding Volunteers), Bell Canada (Outstanding Corporation), The Michael Young Family Foundation (Outstanding Foundation), Mark Mannarn, (Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Age 5-17), Robert Hampson, (Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Age 18-23), David Palmer (Outstanding Fundraising Professional) and West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation (Small Organization in Excellence in Fundraising).

"Philanthropy is the fabric that binds our society together and many critically important initiatives simply would not happen without the generosity of donors and passionate volunteers," said Susan Horvath, CFRE, Toronto Chapter President, Association of Fundraising Professionals. "This year's Association of Fundraising Professionals award recipients stand out as an example of good citizens who give generously of their time and resources ultimately making our world a better place in which to live."

The Philanthropy Awards are a celebration of the outstanding contributions of time, leadership and financial support made by organizations and individuals, who have demonstrated excellence and best practice in achieving high-quality fundraising through either their own efforts or their vision and strategy. Nominations are invited from the Chapter's 1,200 members, and then a committee chooses the recipients.

Each year the Association of Fundraising Professionals receives nominations supporting the different award categories, all of which deserve recognition for their good work. As a leader in the promotion of philanthropy, the Association recognizes the outstanding achievements of this year's recipients, all of whom have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to ethical fundraising and transformational leadership.

About the AFP: The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) was established in 1960. It represents 30,000 members in more than 200 chapters in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and China, and works to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. The Greater Toronto Chapter was established in 1994 and is the largest chapter in the world with 1,200 members. For more information please visit www.afptoronto.org.

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Donor statistics are from the report The Next Generation of Canadian Giving, November 2010, and the Cyngus Donor Survey, October 2011.

View past recipients at: http://afptoronto.org/index.php/national-philanthropy-day/past-award-recipients.

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