The Loss of My Philanthropic Brother
I normally create a post title quickly for my Friday slot on NonProfit Pro. This week’s title was the hardest for me to write, as I lost a dear philanthropic brother, George Mongon of Huber Heights, Ohio. He passed away suddenly on July 28, 2015. I was teaching a community relations course at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois and could not attend the funeral. I felt awful, as I really wanted to be there to pray for the family and, if possible, provide a few words about my longtime colleague.
Who was George Mongon? George was a distinguished consultant in our profession. He created G. J. Mongon and Associates in 1971. He worked with a number of extremely bright and passionate career development professionals. These individuals worked with George on and off for more than 40 years. He worked with extremely large clients and very small clients. He always treated them the same. George was a very humble and devoted man to his profession, family and community. I knew him for many years and we never had a harsh word. He was always wise and thoughtful, plus engaging to anyone lucky enough to interact with him. He focused on solutions, not problems.
I talked to many people over the last few days about him. The word impact is played over and over again. He impacted people and set an example for others to follow. He had the perfect resume to be the outstanding consultant that he was in life.
Some examples of his work experience included:
- Corporate consultant to Fortune 500 companies
- Corporate consultant to the U. S. Olympic Committee
- Corporate consultant to the University of Natal in South Africa
- Directed a $51 million campaign for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming
- Directed the Air Force Museum Foundation to new heights while raising millions to acquire a space shuttle at Wright Patterson Air Force Base
- Lecturer in management at the University of Cincinnati
- Associate professor of business administration at Thomas More College
- Successfully raised millions of dollars for hospitals, universities, churches, etc.
Duke has extensive experience as a nonprofit practitioner, author, lecturer and consultant. He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the last 11 years. He has been a long-standing member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where he was previously named the AFP Indiana Chapter Fundraising Executive of the Year and has held the CFRE designation for many years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in education administration, master's degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also completed post graduate work at the University of Louisville.
He is currently executive director of development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact Duke at email@example.com or 317-224-1029.