We are all so proud of Martha Taylor, my good friend and colleague, shown here receiving the International Fundraiser of the Year award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in San Diego recently. Martha has led the way in philanthropy for women as well as for her university, church, and community.
Andrew Watts, President and CEO of AFP said, "Martha has been a trailblazer and pioneer in fundraising all her life. Our professional--and all of philanthropy, would look very different without her work and inspiration."
This award also marked the twenty fifth anniversary of the Women's Philanthropy Council at the University of Wisconsin Foundation and Martha was the founder of the Council. Former chair, Christine Lodewick, had this to say to Council members: "Our work together on the Women's Philanthropy Council (WPC) has not only made a powerful difference in advancing giving to higher education but also has served as a catalyst to influence women to be more generous to all causes."
Martha's twenty five years of unstinting service to humanity through her work with women and philanthropy, have resulted in a genuine women's philanthropy movement. She will be recognized forever as one of the outstanding leaders of this effort which helped women understand their passion, their philanthropic power, and their desire to make the world a better place.