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Oregon Chapter Receives AFP Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation Award

Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2015

ARCS Foundation Oregon will be honored on Philanthropy Day in November with the prestigious “Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation” award. The 29th annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon will be presented by the Oregon & Southwest Washington chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

“This is a huge honor for our relatively young chapter,” said ARCS Oregon president Aletha Anderson. “The annual luncheon is attended by hundreds of key non-profit leaders, volunteers and philanthropists. This will be great visibility for our mission of advancing science in America.”

The Oregon State University Foundation nominated ARCS Oregon. OSU President Ed Ray wrote a letter in support of our chapter’s achievements. In his letter, President Ray wrote:   

“At Oregon State, ARCS Scholars are engaged in research related to such areas as renewable energy, artificial intelligence and machine learning, wildfires and public policy, wheat breeding and tsunamis- critical issues for Oregon, our nation and our world. By supporting these students’ growth as scientists and as leaders, ARCS Foundation Oregon members are making a tremendous investment in the future.”

There are 10 categories for which philanthropists, organizations and volunteers can be nominated. The “Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation” category seeks to recognize an organization “that supports not only non-profit organizational goals, but also offers encouragement and motivation of nonprofits and grant makers alike – a grant maker providing innovative approaches to philanthropy.”

Past winners have included the PGE Foundation, Ann & Bill Swindells Charitable Trust, Northwest Health Foundation, The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, Ray Hickey Foundation, Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, Paul G. Allen Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, The Collins Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, and many others.

More than 200 similar luncheons will be held in November as AFP chapters across the globe celebrate the power of philanthropy.