National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy 


Fall 2011: The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Maryland Chapter, Salutes Philanthropy in Maryland

As part of our overall effort to encourage philanthropy in this region, Maryland Public Television joins the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as they pay tribute to the invaluable contributions that philanthropy has made to our personal lives, our region, and the world. The AFP-Maryland recognizes the great contributions of philanthropy and those people active in our philanthropic community. Through this annual salute, they—and we—encourage all people to rededicate themselves to the principle of giving.

We invite you to read about this year's honorees and to watch the vignettes produced by MPT specifically for the annual awards luncheon, which was held November 9, 2011.

We congratulate all the winners and thank the Annie E. Casey Foundation for their support of our production.

Janet and Frank Kelly

Janet D. and Francis 'Frank' X. Kelly have dedicated their lives toward the goodwill of others. Through their business, Kelly & Associates Insurance Group (KAIG), and through their countless donations to foundations and causes throughout Maryland, Janet and Frank Kelly truly embody the spirit of philanthropy.

In the areas of healthcare, education and athletics, the Kellys have impacted Maryland and its citizens on an almost unprecedented level. Frank Kelly serves as Chairman of the Shock Trauma Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland Medical Center and as a member of the University of Maryland Medical System Board of Directors. Not to be outdone, Janet serves as Board Director at Stella Maris. Both contribute greatly to Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Kennedy Krieger and Chimes Family of Services, just to name a few.

Education, on every level, has been an important part of the Kellys' focus. Frank was heavily involved with the development of the Community College of Baltimore County, and still contributes today. They have also served with and contributed to Stevenson University, The University of Maryland, and Morgan State University. For younger students, the Kellys support several high schools, like Calvert Hall and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, as well as several after school programs and specialty services like The Children's Guild, focusing on children with autism.

Closely related and equally important, athletics round out the Kellys' most significant areas of interest. Frank serves on the board for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, and he and Janet helped launch the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) in Maryland. Both regularly support the U.S. Lacrosse Foundation, and encourage children to get involved in sports, and out of trouble.

Watch the video below for more information on Frank and Janet Kelly:

The Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds

Perhaps best known as the namesake for the current home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Meyerhoff family has a long history of philanthropy in Maryland. The Meyerhoff Foundation built, and to this day helps maintain the nationally renowned facility. They have catalyzed donor contributions, through matching grants, to an all time high in recent years, and have bolstered the BSO's commitment to innovation and quality in the field of performing arts.

The Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds have supported several other key institutions in our area, including the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., Johns Hopkins Hospital, and THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. They aide several non-profits and community organizations like Maryland Institute College of Art, The Maryland Film Festival, The Enoch Pratt Free Library, and Teach for America.

The Meyerhoff Family has been, and to this day remains, an integral part of the artistic, cultural, and charitable landscape in Maryland. Their foundation serves as a model for philanthropic giving not only to their fellow Marylanders, but to those around the country, and even the world.

Watch the video below for more information on The Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds:


High School: Alexander Hill

Alexander Hill, a 14 year old at the Waldorf School in Baltimore, raised almost $40,000 to build a home for someone in need. The money, which he donated to Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, came entirely from Alexander's Bar Mitzvah. He chose charity, and turned his gift into a gift for someone who truly needed it. The act inspired Habitat for Humanity to raise the additional $60,000 needed to build the home.

Watch the video below for more information on Alexander Hill:

Middle School: Amanda Betts

Amanda Betts, a fifth grader at Resurrection-Saint Paul School, raised $675 through charity events and donations she sought herself. Amanda donated the money to the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department, so that they, in turn, could purchase animal specific oxygen masks for pet rescue. Amanda's efforts allowed the Association to buy ten masks, of which they previously had none. Her dedication to and love for animals ensure that many a beloved pet can get a second chance at life.

Watch the video below for more information on Amanda Betts:

Elementary School: Gabrielle Fuller

Gabrielle Fuller, a six year old at Four Seasons Elementary, donated $2,200 to the Fabretto Children's Foundation, for impoverished children in Nicaragua. She raised the money by selling handcrafted headbands, bracelets, and bookmarks she and her family made. The effort garnered community-wide support, and inspired Gabrielle to continue dedicating her time to the needs of others.

Watch the video below for more information on Gabrielle Fuller: