2019 Award Recipients

Cleveland has a big heart. From change for charity at a cash register to a commitment of thousands of dollars, philanthropy builds the regions’ dreams with multiple acts of selfless kindness. It feels so good to give!

While no one expects recognition or an award for their efforts, some of the region’s leading supporters of non-profits are getting one. The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter celebrates the Giving Hearts of Northeast Ohio with honors in six categories for National Philanthropy Day®, November 8, 2019.

Debra Hershey Guren – Outstanding Philanthropist Leadership Award
Nominated by: Martha Loughridge, Stonebrook Montessori
Co-Nominated by: Anne Marie Kollander, Hershey Montessori School and
Deborah Miller, Holden Forests & Gardens

BMW of Westlake/Ganley Auto Group – Corporate Leadership Award
Nominated by: Patricia Egan, MBA, CFRE, Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio

Reitman Family Foundation – Foundation Leadership Award
Nominated by: Monica Ghose and Aaron Petersal, United Way of Greater Cleveland

Kristen Lutjen Saada – Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award
Nominated by: Judy Payne, Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank

Baldwin Wallace University Jacket Philanthropy Program – Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award
Nominated by: Chantel Davis, Eliza Bryant Village

Kaye M. Ridolfi – Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award
Nominated by: Michelle Blackford, Cleveland Foundation
Co-Nominated by: Bruce Loessin, Case Western Reserve University

So many people give generously of their time, talent and resources, and the chapter received many outstanding nominees who are all moving the needle to improve the city, the region and the nation. We applaud them all.

Honor Roll of Philanthropy 2019

Case Western Reserve University honors all the generous alumni and donors supporting Case Western Reserve University
The Cleveland Foundation honors Kaye M. Ridolfi
The Cleveland Leadership Center honors Ira Kaplan
The Cleveland Zoological Society
Eliza Jennings
Nancy Hancock Griffith
Health Giving
Holden Forests & Gardens
Hospice of the Western Reserve
Ideastream
Jewish Federation of Cleveland honors Robert S. Reitman
The Lakeland Foundation
The Metrohealth System
The Ohio Society of CPA’s honors The Ohio CPA Foundation
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Stonebrook Montessori honors Debra Hershey Guren
United Way of Greater Cleveland