Congratulations to the Fundraisers Changing the World Award Recipients!

13 January 2022

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As 2021 comes to an end, join us in recognizing these leaders who are a true force for good in our community and exemplify the ideals of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.






Hannah has proven to be a creative and innovative fundraiser. Recently she presented on using livestreaming to drive engagement during One Westminster Giving Day. Hannah is truly passionate about her organization, as she won a gingerbread contest baking a rendition of Westminster College’s historic Converse Hall. 

@westminsterslc (Facebook/Instagram)

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 Janzell embodies the AFP values of integrity, honesty, and inclusivity. Janzell has taken an active role not only with AFP Utah as our new IDEA Chair, but also at the U of U to help bring inclusion, diversity, equity, and access into our profession and the organizations we serve. 

@ uofudentistry (Facebook/Instagram)

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Katie makes coordinating the fundraising efforts of 140 fundraisers look easy. Her work ensures the donor stays centered in all fundraising efforts. She is inspirational in her service. She served as treasurer of American Prospect Research Association of Utah, has been a member of USFR and AFP Utah, and has served as a volunteer advisory board member for Child Care Services at the University of Utah. 

@universityofutah (Facebook/Instagram)

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Maria is an advocate for rural places, and she channels her passion into lifting up community members in Green River, Utah. Maria leads Epicenter, a vibrant hub for rural investment and cultural exploration of the rural west. Maria includes community members in the planning process for Epicenter events and programs.  She is a shining example of amazing work being done in a rural community. She is inspirational to other fundraisers in small communities. 

@greenriverepicenter (Facebook)

@ruralandproud (Twitter)

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Ryan demonstrates a great deal of integrity in his work by fulling his commitments to donors, the AFP Board, and our AFP members. He looks for ways to highlight and promote volunteerism through nominating individuals for Utah Philanthropy Day awards and encourages others to get involved with AFP Utah or other nonprofit organizations.

@utaholympicpark (facebook/Instagram) 

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Jessie took the lead in making a tough decision about hosting an in-person event. She asked the opinions of donors, sponsors, and guests and ultimately concluded that it was best to be virtual. She stayed true to her code of ethics, and raised more money for the Utah Parent Center. Jessie sees people’s talents and encourages them to share those gifts through volunteer service and philanthropy. 

Instagram: @utahparentcenter

Facebook: Utah Parent Center

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Becky inspires everyone around her with her passion, commitment, and humor. She makes fundraising enjoyable while keeping the mission at the forefront. During the pandemic, she kept her students at Guadalupe School fed for two meals a day, which were sometimes the only meals the students received. Becky has committed her life to fundraising for non-profit organizations throughout Utah.

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Ja’Naye leads the KUER's development department, inspiring individual donors at every level to support public radio. Her passion, knowledge, and commitment to education are evident in every interaction.  Ja’Nayne is known for bringing community and corporate organizations together as one force for education and information. Throughout her 15-year career, Ja’Naye has inspired others with her passion and commitment, she has also mentored many young professionals entering the nonprofit sector.

@kuer901          @kuer90.1          @kuer_fm

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Safia is truly a force for good, in addition to working to expand opportunities for future teachers she also supports several other non-profit organizations. She chairs the Women's Giving Circle Fund through the Community Foundation of Utah, she raises funds for the MS Society of Utah, and she advocates for the Children's Center, which is an organization near and dear to her heart. Safia embodies the AFP IDEA values, by often asking, "who's not here? who's not being served? who's not at the table?"

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