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Foundation Chairman Gerald Hilbrich Accepts Award for a Lifetime of Philanthropic Leadership

December 18, 2013 | News

Foundation Chairman Gerald Hilbrich Accepts Award for a Lifetime of Philanthropic Leadership

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Central Florida Chapter presented the Foundation’s Chairman Gerald “Jerry” Hilbrich with the 2013 H. Clifford Lee Lifetime Achievement award at a breakfast on National Philanthropy at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. Mr. Hilbrich has served as Chairman of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Board since 2006.

The award is named for the Foundation’s second president, H. Clifford Lee, himself a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. The AFP established the award to recognize an individual who demonstrates a history of exceptional leadership in philanthropy. The recipient must be personally active in philanthropy in the Central Florida community, as well as be instrumental in motivating others to become involved.

Hilbrich’s contributions to the Central Florida philanthropic community began in 1984, when he moved to the area to open KPMG accounting firm’s Orlando office. As Managing Partner for Florida and Puerto Rico, Hilbrich served on the firm’s National Board of Directors and as chairman of the KPMG Charitable Foundation. After 33 years with the firm, Hilbrich retired and accepted the position of President for United Arts of Central Florida, a fundraising organization responsible for raising money for arts and cultural groups. He led a major restructuring of the United Arts that ultimately led to substantial increases in the annual campaign. After three years at the helm, he went on to serve as Chief Financial Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Orlando, transforming business practices of the Diocese, which resulted in the creation of the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida. This resulted in its successful $150 million Alive in Christ Campaign. His professional successes gave him the platform to promote his belief that those who make a good living in Central Florida are obligated to give back their fair share of time, talent and treasures to make the community a better place to live. He leads through example, making significant contributions and holding leadership positions in numerous organizations throughout the community, some of which include:

· Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Board of Directors and Board Chairman

· The Arts and Cultural Affairs Taskforce of Orange County and Chairman of the Inventory Committee. Hilbrich was instrumental in securing a dedicated funding source for the arts in Central Florida, which has provided $22 million to date.

· Heart of Florida United Way Three-Term Chairman and Campaign Chair

· Community Foundation Founding Board Member and Chairman

· Only person to have chaired United Arts, United Way and Community Foundation of Central Florida

· Junior Achievement of Central Florida Foundation Board of Directors Founding Member

 Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Business Administration for UCF

 University of Central Florida Foundation Chairman of the Board

· Indiana University Kelley School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council            

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation President David Odahowski states, “Jerry’s leadership through governance is the new standard by which future Foundation Board Members will be measured. He has encouraged a spirit of accountability by the practice of philanthropy beyond check writing that guides the Foundation during its 40th anniversary and beyond.”

Harvey L. Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services and fellow Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation board member adds, “It is rare and praiseworthy that a business leader has a civic resume that is equal to or exceeds his business resume.” He continues, “The work of Jerry Hilbrich is noble and deserving of this recognition.”

A video was shown at the event prior to Mr. Hilbrich’s acceptance of the prestigious award, and can be viewed by visiting the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation YouTube Channel.The video is entitled “Philanthropy Day Video.”