And The Winners Are ...
[Editor’s Note: Ah, the power of the Web. Here we are making corrections to a story that most of you haven’t even seen in print yet. Looks like we flubbed a couple of the categories in our Fundraising Pofessionals of the Year Awards. Specifically:
- Katya Andresen of Network for Good was named Fundraising Professional of the Year (Agency). NFG is, indeed, a nonprofit organization.
- The Dixie Chicks — the fundraising team from Heifer International (Dixie Ost, director of direct marketing; Kim Perrow and Christy Moore, direct marketing managers; and Misty Thornton, reporting and analytics manager) were named one of the Top Women in Fundraising (Agency), when, again, Heifer is a nonprofit organization, not a fundraising consultancy.
This story clarifies the information for those winners who were incorrectly categorized, but we’ve decided against naming additional winners so as to avoid confusion, since it’s one thing to make a correction on a Web site but quite another when conflicting copy exists in the much longer-lived print issue. We apologize for the mix-ups. -- MB]
I’ve said this before, but it remains true: I’ve long believed that fundraisers are a rare breed. Passionate. Dedicated. Creative. Tenacious. And most of them, at their very core, true believers.
Where those qualities converge, it’s tough to find anything short of excellence. Such is the happy but difficult dilemma we face when we think about who to honor in efforts such as this, FundRaising Success’ second annual Fundraising Professionals of the Year Awards. There are plenty of choices to weigh, campaigns to praise and people to recognize. The process begins and, when it’s over, you find yourself with 50 people who deserve to have their names engraved on the plaques — but only 20-ish spaces to fill. Not to mention the 50 others who it broke your heart to have to “cut” in the first go ’round.