Spirit of Philanthropy award presented to Karen Mertes by Association of Fundraising Professionals

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Awards | 0 comments

The Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored Karen Mertes with the Spirit of Philanthropy award presented during their annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon at the A La Carte Pavilion.  The Spirit of Philanthropy award is “presented to an individual, group or family that has recognized a charitable need and developed a unique approach to advancing philanthropy in the community.  The award recipient exemplifies the spirit of giving above and beyond.”

Sharing from the National Philanthropy Day program, “National Philanthropy Day, officially celebrated on November 15, is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made in our lives, our communities and the world.”

“We celebrate National Philanthropy Day because of the extraordinary impact of the charitable sector and the increasing role it plays in our societies and countries around the world.  Billions of dollars are given each year.  Millions of programs are services are administered to those in need.  Individuals are connected to causes and to each other.  Civic participation and important societal bonds are created and strengthened through philanthropy as we work to improve the quality of live for all people.”

To learn more about this year’s event, please visit this link