Eileen Heisman

Eileen Heisman, ACFRE, whose leadership as president and CEO of National Philanthropic Trust (NPT) has transformed it into the largest, independent provider of donor-advised funds in the U.S., has been named the 2014 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

The award is presented to the fundraiser who has practiced his or her profession in an exemplary manner for at least 15 years while generating significant revenue for his or her organizations.

November 16, 2009, Fox Business — “Americans are incredibly generous,” says Eileen Heisman, CEO of the National Philanthropic Trust [NPT], the 4th largest donor-advised fund in the United States.  Since the founding of this country, she says, Americans have been forming associations and rallying around a variety of causes.

With the economic slump, the significant decline of the stock market, and consumer confidence at historic lows, many in fundraising are watching how the current turmoil will affect charitable giving. Is there any good news or silver lining in this dark cloud? Yes. Fundraisers can take solace in the fact that Americans are remarkably resilient in their charitable giving. Individuals account for 88 percent of charitable giving in this country, with the donations equaling 2.2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product — a figure that has changed very little in the past decade. While it’s true that past economic downturns have cut

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