The recognition of the accomplishments and influence of the men and women who have made a difference in interfraternal fundraising is an important responsibility of the NIC Foundation. Awards of Distinction presented to individuals include the Outstanding Philanthropist Award, the William D. Jenkins Outstanding Foundation Professional Award and the Outstanding Foundation Volunteer Award.
Individual award winners for 2017 have been selected – learn who they are below! These awards will be presented on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the annual Awards of Distinction Dinner in Indianapolis in conjunction with THE Foundations Seminar. Dinner tickets can be purchased through the event registration form, linked below.
2017 INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS
JAMES L. “JIM” HERBERT, FARMHOUSE
This honor recognizes leadership in giving to a fraternity or sorority foundation.
A former Chairman and long-time member of the FarmHouse Foundation Board of Trustees, Jim has supported FarmHouse programs and services in a variety of meaningful ways since his initiation in 1961.
Read more about Jim here.
BEN NICOL, PHI KAPPA PSI
This award is designed for an outstanding fundraising professional of a fraternity or sorority foundation who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner. In his five years as CEO of Phi Kappa Psi Foundation, Ben has grown total number of donors to the foundation by 120 percent.
Read more about Ben here.
L. GENE LEMON, ALPHA GAMMA RHO
This honor recognizes exemplary lifetime service to a fraternity or sorority organization and its foundation. Gene is a former Grand President and helped establish The Educational Foundation of Alpha Gamma Rho in 1965. Ever a servant leader, Gene has become known as “Mr. Alpha Gamma Rho” over his more than 50 years of service.
Read more about Gene here.
The NIC Foundation’s Awards of Distinction provide the fraternal foundation community an annual opportunity to recognize excellence and innovation by organizations in a particular area. Categories include Best Development Effort in an Annual Campaign, Best Major Gifts Development Effort, Best Planned Giving Effort, Best Communications Effort, Best Use of a Foundation Grant, Best Campaign/Program in Support of an Outside Philanthropy, and Best New Development Idea. Organization award winners will be announced and presented on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Awards of Distinction Dinner in Indianapolis in conjunction with THE Foundations Seminar.
Did your organization launch an initiative or appeal that you believe was particularly effective? How did your e-mail, direct mail, or non-direct mail effort perform above expectations? Are you particularly proud of a student or alumni development program?
Did your foundation conduct a program or event that succeeded beyond expectations? Did you successfully engage other donors to help in a major gift effort? Did you endow a new program or scholarship through a major gift effort? Has your cumulative giving society performed or grown significantly thanks to a successful initiative?
Has your planned giving society performed or grown due to a successful initiative? Did you engage other donors to help in a planned giving effort?
Were efforts made by your foundation where the number one purpose was to inform rather than to raise money? Did you publish or compile an effective social-media strategy, brochure, e-newsletter, website, annual report, public relations initiative, or re-branding effort?
An effective stewardship program is one of the most important elements of fundraising. How is your organization recognizing donors, ensuring that their donation is having the desired effect, and showing appreciation? Have you put into place a new program? Do you believe your current stewardship efforts are particularly effective?
Submissions in this category should be examples of ways that the donor dollar is going to extraordinary purposes. Does your organization have a scholarship recipient who has taken advantage of foundation dollars to do something extraordinary? Does the fraternity or sorority utilize the grant money for a program that goes above and beyond expectations? Are there additional or unique programs that the foundation supports?
Is your foundation particularly proud of a partnership or program that occurred this last year? Has the foundation benefited from a relationship with an outside philanthropy? How has the relationship with an outside philanthropy supported the mission of the foundation?
What innovative/out-of-the-box idea has your organization developed that has led to new advancement opportunities?