The Gifford Foundation is seeking nominations for the Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award (“The Kathy”), a $2500 award given to a Central New York nonprofit professional who is creative, collaborative and embraces change. The award is intended for the recipient’s personal use – for professional development, personal growth opportunities or just to recharge batteries. The Foundation board is will accept nominations through to the end of June. Nominating guidelines may be obtained at the Gifford offices or by clicking here.
Named in honor of the Foundation’s late executive director, the award is given periodically to the not-for-profit professional who best exemplifies Kathy’s approach to leadership:
• to be nimble and creative;
• to encourage lifelong learning;
• to embrace leaps of faith and not fear failure;
• to work “with” not do “for;”
• to fully engage in collaborative approaches –
• to at all times believe passionately in the power of change and personal growth.
The first “Kathy” was awarded in 2011 to Michael Melara, executive director of Catholic Charities; in 2012 Mary Ellen Clausen, founding executive director of Ophelia’s Place, was honored.
If a recipient is selected they will be announced after September 1, 2013. A number of current and former Gifford Foundation board members, as well as the community, are committing gifts to grow the Kathy Fund to insure continuance of the award.
“This year’s event will be bittersweet because Kathy passed away in March,” notes Gifford executive director Dirk Sonneborn. “Much as she hated kudos and attention, she embraced our establishment of ‘The Kathy’ because she knew it celebrated the creativity of nonprofit professionals.”