And The Winners Are ...
Our winners are chosen from nominations sent in from FundRaising Success readers, others solicited from members of our Editorial Advisory Board and colleagues, and still others named by FS staff members. The process is fairly subjective, based on staff impressions of the nominating information rather than simply by number of nominations.
A little different from last year, the 2007 categories include Fundraising Professional of the Year, Lifetime Achievement (30+ years in fundraising), Top Women, Top Men and Rising Stars (five years or fewer in fundraising).
The nominees included names you know and just as many that you don’t, old pros and young guns, shining stars and those who toil just out of the warm glow of the spotlight. In general, we looked for people who have accomplished things — either in one fell swoop or over the course of a career — that either enrich the sector in one way or another, or embody important trends in fundraising.
Please join us in congratulating the winners, as well as thanking them for their hard work and dedication. And if you think we missed someone, make a note for next year and be sure to nominate him or her.
FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR — ORGANIZATION
Senior vice president of development and communications
In 2005-2006, Jo Sullivan launched the ASPCA into a rebranding effort that helped it reposition itself as a unique entity in animal welfare. She did it even though ASPCA’s coffers where healthy, there wasn’t much time for testing, and there was a chance the new look of the ASPCA brand might alienate existing donors. The effort illustrates the traits that establish Jo as the kind of fundraiser that will drive the sector in the near future: fearless, innovative and savvy. She’s also multi-faceted — combining true love of her mission with equally true love of her job, and the genuine concern of a grassroots fundraiser with the hardcore business know-how that fuels consumer-side marketers. We’d been hearing Jo’s name as “someone to know” for quite some time before we featured ASPCA on our April 2006 cover. But hearing about Jo is one thing; knowing her is quite another. We’re happy to honor her here because she has the smarts, the style and the balls to keep the ASPCA on the cutting edge of friendraising and fundraising, and to serve as a great example for her peers and those coming up in the sector.