November 18: Council for Children’s Rights board president, Ed O’Keefe, was honored as the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon, hosted by the Charlotte chapter 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. Several organizations, including the United Way of Central Carolinas and Council for Children’s Rights, nominated Ed for this award for his philanthropic efforts and leadership on their behalf.
“Ed has provided strong leadership for the Council in all areas as board president during a challenging period of transition,” remarked Council executive director Bob Simmons, “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 nominating him for this award, the Council noted that “Ed skillfully led a critical service agency that annually serves 2500 at-risk children in Charlotte. It is hard to imagine a greater impact…He accomplished all of this while being patient, listening to all concerned and following a protocol that was unassailable. He did all this so thoroughly and so well while working in a highly demanding profession. He did all this while at the same time he was leading efforts at the United Way to find their next executive director. Ed O’Keefe has made a huge impact not only on the Council, but on our community.”
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.