Charlotte-area fundraisers honored

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Professional and volunteer fundraisers in the Charlotte area will be recognized for their contributions at a luncheon Nov. 18.

The Charlotte chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals singled out seven individuals and three organizations that have worked to boost nonprofits and
the people they serve:

  • Outstanding Champion of Diversity: Deborah Whitfield, child advocate attorney for Council for Children’s Rights
  • Outstanding Philanthropist: Nicholas T. Goudes, civic leader and entrepreneur
  • Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist: Marc Gustafson, assistant general counsel for LendingTree
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business: Merriman Schmitt Architects
  • Outstanding Legacy: The late Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Barber, who bequeathed the majority of their estate to Holy Angels
  • Outstanding Student Philanthropy: Johnson & Wales Student Alumni Association
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: Women’s Impact Fund, donor-advised fund of Foundation for the Carolinas
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Elaine Lyerly, president and CEO of The Lyerly Agency
  • Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive: E.J. Underwood, director of development for the Charlotte Rescue Mission

The honorees will be recognized at the 2009 Philanthropy Day Awards, to be held Nov. 18 from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center.

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