It does the heart good to see people get exactly what they deserve.
And that is exactly what happened when the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Dayton surprised my friend, colleague and mentor Meredith Moss with its first-ever Friends of Philanthropy award at its packed 26th annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon today.
Meredith went from confused to tearfully thankful as she realized she was the person WYSO's Luke Dennis, the event's emcee, was praising for doing truly impactful work.
The award is connected with Meredith's Make a Difference column that appears in the Thursday Dayton Daily News Life section. In the column, she shares the needs and wish lists of local nonprofits and a calls the community to action to help.
Like a pro and despite the surprise, Meredith spoke about what helping others through her column means to her.
"The column has become sort of a matching place for people who want to give things and for people who need things," she said. "It has been a blessing for me to do it. This is so nice."
Meredith was just one of nine extraordinary Daytonians awarded during the event meant to recognize outstanding philanthropists, volunteers, fundraisers, corporations, foundations and youth.
The following Dayton area residents were awarded 2015 Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Dayton National Philanthropy Day Awards:
- Lisa Hanauer and Susan Spiegel: Outstanding Philanthropists presented by ARC Ohio President and CEO William J. Hardy
- Dr. Michael Ervin: Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser presented by Downtown Dayton Partnership President Sandy Gudorf
- Dayton Foundation President Michael M. Parks: Outstanding Fundraising Executive presented by The Dayton Foundation Governing Board Chair J. Norman Eckstein
- The Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation: Outstanding Foundation presented by Human Race Theatre President and Artistic Director Kevin Moore
- Surprise honoree Dayton Daily News columnist and reporter Meredith Moss: Friend of Philanthropy presented by event organizers for her weekly Make a Difference column that runs every Thursday in the Dayton Daily News and shares the needs and wish lists of local nonprofits and a call to action for readers and the community.
- Synchrony Financial: Outstanding Large Corporation presented by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton Director of Development Brad Roediger
- Tobin Brothers Moving and Storage: Outstanding Small Corporation presented by The Foodbank Executive Director Michelle Riley The Foodbank Manager of Volunteers Lizz Kelly
- University of Dayton Distance 4 Dreams: Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (ages 18 to 23) presented by A Special Wish Foundation Dayton Chapter Executive Director David Seyer
- Max Mader - Storytime with Max: Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (ages 5 to 17) presented by Levin Family Foundation Executive Director Karen Levin