Congratulations to our 2021 Honorees!
This year’s Nina Abady Award winner, Bobby Thalhimer brings a broad range of experience to The Monument Group, which he joined in 2015. He served for 16 years as Senior Vice President for Philanthropic Services at the Community Foundation. During his tenure, the Community Foundation grew in asset size from approximately $250M to over $900M at its peak. Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Bobby served for six years as Executive Director of the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation and for one year as Deputy Director for Science Education of the Science Museum of Virginia. During that time, the museum completed a $36 million capital campaign in just three years and grew its endowment from $600,000 to $11 million. He orchestrated the initial capital campaign for the new Danville Science Center, raising $1 million in the local community, and served on the board of the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation, including a term as President. He was also appointed by Gov. Douglas Wilder to the Science Museum of Virginia’s Board of Trustees.
Bobby has served on a variety of nonprofit boards since the 1970’s, and is presently a board member and Co-Chair of the Investment Committee of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. He also presently serves on The Richmond Forum Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and he co-chairs its Search Committee for the next Executive Director.
Bobby graduated from Williams College in 1974 with a major in economics, and he received his MBA from University of Richmond. He is also a 1997 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond.
Our Rising Star Award winner is Sarah Young who joined the Peter Paul team in October 2018 and currently serves as Director of Development. Her experience includes running annual giving campaigns, managing a prospect pipeline, developing communications and marketing plans, stewarding donor relationships, and evaluating and monitoring development strategies.
Prior to joining Peter Paul, she was the Associate Director of Development at Esperanza Academy, a tuition-free, independent middle school for girls in Lawrence, Massachusetts. In her role, Sarah increased grant revenue 100% and broadened the base of support to the greater Boston region. Prior to that, she worked as a philanthropic consultant at The Boston Foundation, working directly with donors to increase the impact of their philanthropy, while also working to promote effective philanthropy through thought leadership, cutting edge research, and philanthropic education programs.
Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Dickinson College. She is a graduate of the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program, which is a year-long professional development program for those working in the nonprofit sector, and a member of the project:HOMES Young Professionals Board.
Congratulations to both of our honorees!
Nina Abady AwardThe Nina Abady Award is the most prestigious award given by the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives (VAFRE). It is presented to a fundraising professional who has demonstrated utmost excellence in the field of development. The award signifies to individuals, organizations, and the greater community that the recipient has garnered the respect and admiration of colleagues throughout the Commonwealth for professional and ethical service.
Rising Star AwardThe Rising Star Award is made annually to a VAFRE member who exhibits excellent potential and who has demonstrated remarkable talents at an early stage in their fund-raising career.
2020 Virtual Awards Lunch-In Video Available
Click here to watch the video of our Annual Awards Lunch-In on September 22nd as we celebrated the achievements of our 2020 honorees, Virginia McAndrew and David Thomason. (58:30)