Philanthropy Awards celebrate Community Heroes

CIBC, the Rotmans, and wonder kid Bilaal Rajan among recipients

TORONTO, Dec. 2 /CNW/ - As we head into the charitable giving season, Statistics Canada reports Canadians donated approximately five per cent less in 2008 than the year before. While these statistics may be disappointing, there are still dedicated Canadians who are making a difference. Eight remarkable recipients today received Philanthropy Awards from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter at the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The 2009 recipients include: Joseph and Sandra Rotman (Outstanding Philanthropists), John Hunkin (Outstanding Volunteer), CIBC (Outstanding Corporation), The Counselling Foundation of Canada (Outstanding Foundation), Shawn St. Michael (Outstanding Fundraising Professional), Bilaal Rajan (Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy), and The Redwood and Station Gallery (co-recipients of the Small Organization for Excellence in Fundraising).

"In view of the current economic uncertainty, it is of utmost importance that we recognize and honour those individuals and organizations who exemplify the true spirit of philanthropy by giving, as well as encouraging others to give," said Karen Willson, Chapter President. "By putting their creative ingenuity, powers of persuasion, strategic skills and generosity to work, this year's Association of Fundraising Professionals award recipients have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to our community and have empowered others to meet challenges and overcome obstacles."

The Philanthropy Awards are a celebration of the outstanding contributions of time, leadership and financial support made by organizations and individuals, who have demonstrated excellence and best practice in achieving high-quality fundraising through either their own efforts or their vision and strategy. Nominations are invited from the Chapter's 1,200 members, and then a committee chooses the recipients.

"We received a very healthy submission of nominations this year, all of which deserve appreciation for the fine example they set," said Mark Climie-Elliott, Philanthropy Awards Selection Chair. "Philanthropy plays a key role in connecting our community and making it a vibrant and thriving place to live. As a leader in the promotion of philanthropy, the Association of Fundraising Professionals is delighted to recognize the outstanding achievements of this year's recipients, all of whom have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to ethical fundraising and transformational leadership."

    Note to Editors:
    Statistics Canada data from Charitable donors, 2008
    (released November 2009)
    Photos are available upon request

About the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Greater Toronto Chapter

Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter is a recognized leader in promoting philanthropy and providing education, training and best practices for those in the fundraising profession. With more than 1,200 members, the Greater Toronto Chapter is the largest of the 200 Association of Fundraising Professionals chapters throughout the world.


For further information: For further information: Media Contacts: Miranda Germani, Temple Scott for AFP, Greater Toronto Chapter, Tel: (416) 360-6183 x 238, Email:

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