New this year, the Group Philanthropy Award honors a group that has been highly engaged in philanthropic activities at UC and has made a significant positive impact. The Friends of CCM, a group that has advocated for UC’s award-winning College-Conservatory of Music for more than 30 years, took home the inaugural award.
The Friends of CCM and the CCM Alumni Boards recently joined together to become one organization. With approximately 600 members and an active board led by President Donna de Graff, Friends of CCM raises more than $300,000 each year to benefit the college’s extraordinary students, faculty and programs. Its longstanding efforts to enrich CCM have helped ensure that it remains one of the nation’s leading performing and media arts conservatories — and grows stronger through new opportunities and collaborations.
UC Foundation Staff Award of Merit
UC Blue Ash College Dean Cady Short-Thompson received the UC Foundation’s Staff Award of Merit, which recognizes a staff member who has fostered a culture of philanthropy at UC and embraced the spirit of Dr. George Rieveschl, Jr. Rieveschl was a visionary philanthropist, internationally-known chemist, scientist, UC alumnus, professor, researcher and inventor of the antihistamine Benadryl.
Short-Thompson currently oversees more than 5,200 students, more than 700 employees and nearly 50 degrees and certificate programs. She received the Staff Award of Merit in recognition of her tireless work to increase scholarship funding and support so fewer students drop out or “stop out” of their educational pursuits due to financial hardships. In addition to significantly increasing the scholarships available via active fundraising, she helped develop UC Blue Ash’s Emergency Relief Loan Fund for students who encounter unexpected challenges. She also served as a co-chair for the 2015 Faculty/Staff Campaign, the university’s most successful faculty and staff fundraising campaign on record.
Student Philanthropy Award
Students are often the primary beneficiaries of donor support at UC, but Lindner College of Business student Jack Kelly has been on the other side — encouraging investments from alumni through the university’s telefund student caller program and realizing amazing results for UC. In recognition of his on-campus philanthropy, Kelly received the UC Foundation’s Student Philanthropy Award.
Since joining telefund, Kelly has brought in more than 1,200 gift pledges and raised more than $196,000 for scholarships, discretionary funds and annual giving initiatives. Kelly helped motivate other students to participate, attracting new student callers through his fraternity, encouraging his fellow telefund callers and sharing tips for success. Last year, he served as Annual Giving Co-op Student at the UC Foundation, where he learned about strategy and donor cultivation.