by Joseph H. RADDER
Philanthropy is defined as the active effort to promote human welfare. The unselfish act of giving is more than a dictionary catch phrase: philanthropy is an individuals gift from the heart: an unselfish act of kindness to benefit the community.
The Western New York Chapter of the National Society of Fundraising Executives (NSFRE) will celebrate National Philanthropy Day by honoring Philanthropists of the Year, Richard and Karen Penfold.
Philanthropists of the Year, Richard and Karen Penfold have distinguished themselves by
committing their time, talent and support to a wide range of educational and charitable
endeavors in our community, individually, as a couple, as parents, and as business owners.
They sold their family-owned business CID in 1998. Among the organizations that have
benefited from the passionate service are: Buffalo State College Foundation; Canisius
College; St. Marys High School; St. Francis High School; Kenmore Mercy Hospital; and
the American Heart Association. Dick and Karen Penfolds names have been
synonymous with educational philanthropy in Western New York, both in the Catholic and
public arena, says Richard Heist, Director of Development for Our Lady of Victory
Homes of Charity. In addition, he continues, their names are closely
associated with many other causes that benefit from the generosity and service.
A national initiative, local NSFRE chapters commemorate National Philanthropy Day by
acknowledging the people and organizations that are demonstrating their community concern
and leadership through philanthropy.
Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.
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