Angela Heer Receives "Excellence in Fundraising" Award
Angela Heer, vice-president of advancement and external relations at Avila University, has been named this year’s recipient of the Excellence in Fundraising Award by the Mid-America chapter for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The award ceremony was held on National Philanthropy Day, November 15 in the Olson Performing Arts Center.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals, widely regarded as the standard-bearer for fundraising professionals, is the association of individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for a wide variety of nonprofit and charitable organizations. The Excellence in Fundraising Award is given in recognition of an individual or organization whose lifetime or long-term achievements have made a significant impact upon society.
Heer has been at her post with Avila University since 2011. Prior to Avila, she spent 10 years at Harvesters – The Community Food Network, first serving as Annual Giving Manager, then as Director of Development.
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“At Avila, Angie has helped align fundraising goals with the mission of the institution,” Deanna Nelson, the senior director of development said. “Donors tell me Angie’s focus goes beyond the dollars, and she works to build a genuine, rock-solid relationship with them,” Nelson continued. “These donors, in turn, have responded with record generosity of their treasure, yes, but also their time and talents. She has accomplished all of this, and so much more, while standing in the background and pushing her team members, cause and organizations forward to receive the praise and recognition.”