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Robert Godwin

Robert Godwin has been covering the non-profit scene in Austin from the time of blue jeans and backyard barbeques to the black-tie galas of today. With over 20,000 events recorded by word and photo, Godwin leads the leagues in rubber chicken consumption. As a constant witness to the power of publicity, he now seeks to enlist a legion of assistants by sharing his knowledge of the publicity process.

Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon

Posted at February 20, 2014 by Comments Off on Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon

In the past 30 years, The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Austin Chapter has grown from a few dozen to over 350 active professionals representing 185 non-profits. The work of these professionals can be seen in the continued success of the non-profits in addressing the many needs of our community be it the arts, social services, medical and all else.

The annual Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon provides an opportunity for them to all gather under one roof–which is going to need to get bigger to accommodate the crowd. A tip of the hat to the Hyatt for outstanding work as the event venue. Event Co-Chairs Donna Emery and Nicole Sarkar joined Chapter President Dawson Clark in welcoming all attending. After an invocation by the Very Rev. Dr. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, it was up to Master of Ceremonies Rebecca Powers to preside over the awards.

The 2014 Honorees included: Cook-Walden Funeral Homes & Cemeteries (Outstanding Small/Medium Philanthropic Corporation); IBM (Outstanding Large Philanthropic Corporation); RGK Foundation (Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation/Organization); Kristi Katz Gordy, CFRE (Outstanding Fundraising Professional); Alyssa Epstein (Kelly Davidson Memorial Outstanding Philanthropic Youth); Amber Carden (Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser); Chris Collier (Special Recognition); Carolyn and Marc Seriff (Outstanding Philanthropists).

It is simply impossible to enumerate what the above companies and individuals have contributed to not only Austin, but the world at large. It is a job for some and a commitment for the philanthropists that results in good news arriving on so many doorsteps. Marc Seriff was particularly astute in noting that while his family was very fortunate in providing financial support to non-profits, it is the staff of those non-profits that work incredibly hard to maximize those gifts to the benefit of as many people as possible.

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