July 2015: Congratulations to CFCR board president, Ed O’Keefe, on being named the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Charlotte chapter of the Association of Fund-raising Professionals (AFP).
Each year the AFP honors individuals, groups, organizations and businesses that, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world. Ed was nominated this year by several organizations, including the United Way of Central Carolinas and Council for Children’s Rights, for his philanthropic efforts and leadership on their behalf.
CFCR executive director, Bob Simmons, noted that “Ed has provided strong leadership for the Council in all areas as board president during a challenging period of transition, but his most vital contribution has been making and maintaining relationships with significant contributors who have continued and increased their support for our mission.”
In announcing the award, Ed’s former colleague Charles Bowman, Charlotte Market President at Bank of America, shared that “Ed is one of the most generous and impactful community leaders that I know. Ed consistently holds himself and those around him to the highest standards of ethics, transparency, accountability and commitment.”
The award will be presented at an luncheon on November 18 as part of the AFP’s annual recognition of National Philanthropy Day. A list of all the 2015 honorees can be found at the AFP web site. Congratulations to Ed on this well-deserved recognition of his work on behalf of our community.