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November 16, 2015 | News

Foundation Receives Outstanding Foundation Awards

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has received the 2015 Award for Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Both the international organization and the Central Florida chapter have honored the Foundation with two separate awards.

Foundation President and CEO David Odahowski accepted the international award Thursday night at a ceremony in New York. “It was an honor to represent the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, its Board of Directors and staff at this exciting event. The recognition we have received is due in large part to the success of our grantees and the Central Florida nonprofit sector. We’re proud to be a part of the nonprofit community that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Central Floridians,” said Odahowski.

The Central Florida AFP chapter presented the local award Friday morning at the National Philanthropy Day celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. The Foundation’s Chairman, Gerald F. Hilbrich and Corporate Secretary, Matthew W. Certo received the award on behalf of the Foundation. “The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation’s leadership and innovation has helped to shape the Central Florida non-profit community for more than 42 years. We are pleased to recognize them as our Outstanding Foundation,” says AFP Central Florida President Daniel Samuels.

In celebration of the awards, the Foundation has launched its GoodWorks initiative, highlighting the good works of the Central Florida nonprofit sector, its leaders and volunteers. For the next twelve months, the Foundation will feature these GoodWorks on social media and its website, provide grants to further the efforts of nonprofit organizations and sponsor educational programming for the business and nonprofit communities.

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. For more information, go to More information about the national award can be found at