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August 6, 2015 | News

Foundation Honored With Two Prestigious Awards

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has been selected to receive the 2015 Award for Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Both the national organization and the Central Florida chapter have selected the Foundation to receive two separate honors.

“We are pleased to honor Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation for its many extraordinary contributions to philanthropy and the charitable sector,” says AFP President and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Watt. “The Foundation’s innovative practices and leadership within the non-profit community are key differentiators that truly set them apart.”

Previous recipients of this prestigious award include the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The awards will be presented at National Philanthropy Day celebrations in Manhattan and Orlando. The AFP-sponsored National Philanthropy Day acknowledges the entire spectrum of services that the non-profit, civic and service sectors provide, as well as the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. The awards recognize outstanding leadership, commitment and generosity in philanthropy.

Foundation President and CEO David Odahowski says, “We are honored to receive the local and national awards for Outstanding Foundation. As stewards of our founder, Edyth Bassler Bush’s legacy, recognition such as this serves as inspiration for the staff and Board of Directors to constantly strive toward the goal of improving the nonprofit sector locally, statewide and nationally.”

Since 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has inspired global change—helping nonprofits and charities and supporting fundraising efforts that have generated more than $1 trillion. AFP advances effective and ethical philanthropy by providing advocacy, research, education, mentoring, collaboration and technology opportunities for the world’s largest network of professional fundraisers. AFP’s 33,000 members raise more than $100 billion annually, equivalent to more than one-third of charitable giving in North America, with millions more generated around the world.

The Foundation was nominated for the national honor by Lisa Blackwelder, who is a member of the AFP Board of Directors and an experienced philanthropic advisor to Central Florida philanthropists and nonprofit organizations. A list of all the winners can be found at Orlando Repertory Theatre submitted the local nomination.