December 1999

Richard and Karen Penfold

by Joseph H. RADDER

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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 individual’s 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. Mary’s High School; St. Francis High School; Kenmore Mercy Hospital; and the American Heart Association. “Dick and Karen Penfold’s 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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