For the seventh year, our community honors a professional advisor for playing an important role in philanthropy. The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Professional Advisor Award, created in 2005 in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and awarded as part of Alabama’s National Philanthropy Day, honors Kirby Sevier this year at the 30th annual event on November 15, 2011.
Previous winners were Harold Apolinsky, Charles Powell IV, Jerry Lanning, Judy Todd, Tom Armstrong and Lloyd Wilson. Each one illustrates in a unique way how attorneys, accountants, financial planners, trust officers and other advisors can be part of changing the world through philanthropy and all provide wonderful examples of the awards criteria:
- High professional standing in a field such as law, accountancy, insurance, financial planning, banking and investment services.
- Proven involvement with clients in financial, estate and gift planning, demonstrating a responsibility to promote the charitable good and showing results in significant current or planned giving to local charities
- Leadership in promoting the advisor role in charitable giving among fellow professionals, including service to professional organizations such as Alabama Planned Giving Council and the Estate Planning Council
- Pro bono services, personal contributions and volunteer work, including leadership positions with local nonprofit organizations.
The Community Foundation Professional Advisor Award is just one of seven top awards made annually at National Philanthropy Day. Congratulations go also to the other honorees for the 2011 awards:
Virginia B. and William M. Spencer Outstanding Philanthropists: Mike and Gillian Goodrich
Outstanding Civic Leader: Garland Cook Smith
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Alison “Alie B” Gorrie
Outstanding Corporate Citizen: Colonial Properties
Outstanding Charitable Organization: Impact Alabama
William S. Roth Outstanding Fundraising Executive: Coke S. Matthews III
To find out more or reserve your spot for the 4 p.m. event at The Club, get more information from the AFP Alabama website.