My Favorite Quotes from Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day was first established in 1986.  The celebration is dedicated to those who give tier time, talents, and treasure for the betterment of society.

Today, I had the pleasure of attending the Austin Chapter of AFP’s celebration.  I was moved by the speeches and touched by the amazing work that is happening in our community.

I think that you may agree the people below are simply outstanding.  Here are my favorite quotes from the day:

Outstanding Small Philanthropic Corporation- Fleming’s

Award winner, Darryl Wittle provided a great tip, “Ask people to provide what they are good at and what they do.” And, he closed his speech with some great advice, “always strive to represent something bigger than yourself.”

Outstanding Large Philanthropic Corporation- HEB

Did you know that HEB has been giving back to the communities they serve for 107 years.  Giving back was a part of what they did in the very beginning.  I think that is amazing.  Thank you HEB for that and your amazing motto, “Each and Every Person Counts.”

Outstanding Fundraising Professional

Brett Barnes is the Development Director of Lifeworks, a favorite customer of ours.  His speech today was charming, funny, and kind all at the same time.  His Mom’s advice to him, “Leave the world a better place than when you entered it.”  I ❤ that!

Outstanding Philanthropists

Jeannie and Mickey Klein were grateful when accepting the award today for their generosity.  Mickey borrowed from the late Darryl Royal when saying, “I don’t deserve this, but I don’t deserve arthritis either.”  While Jeannie reminded everyone that the secret to life may just be found in giving back.  “The more you make {giving} a basic part of your life, the more you find the joy, meaning, and satisfaction in living.”

Outstanding Philanthropic Youth

My favorite award of the day, the philanthropic youth award!  I am always amazed and touched by what these winners have done.  The winner this year started giving back at 13, and as a high school student today, he has founded and runs an insanely successful nonprofit.  His speech, love for his mother, and respect for his educators was remarkable.  I can’t wait to see who Brody Roush becomes…maybe President of this great country.

Take-away: I am in awe of the amazing work being conducted by these amazing people.  I hope you enjoy this amazing day and find inspiration to keep doing what you do.  Thank you!

“A small group of committed citizens can change the world, in fact it is the only thing that ever has.”


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