The National Association of Fundraising Professionals presented eight honorees with awards during Annual National Philanthropy Day (ANPD) on November 9. Local honorees included: Mercy Health (Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist); Stranahan Foundation (Outstanding Foundation); Hart, Inc. (Outstanding Media Outlet or Best Nonprofit Media Coverage); Robert & Susan Savage (Outstanding Philanthropist); Brad Koller (Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser); Dave Gierke (Outstanding Fundraising Professional); Cecelia Hughes (Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 5-17); and Afreen Alvi (Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 18-23).
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