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Leading & Inspiring Change to Advance Philanthropy in Alaska

CBPP Professor Dr. Sandra G. Ehrlich Receives the AFP Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy Award

Dr. Sandra Ehrlich

On Friday, November 16, 2018, CBPP Associate Professor of Management & Marketing, Dr. Sandra G. Ehrlich, received the Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy award from the Alaska Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, AFP, at the National Philanthropy Day celebration in Anchorage.

Advancing Philanthropy. “The Association of Fundraising Professionals advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice effective and ethical fundraising through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing, and advocacy,” said AFP Alaska Chapter President, Harry W. Need, IV.

Leading & Inspiring Change. “Hosted by AFP, National Philanthropy Day recognizes the contributions of philanthropy and those active in the philanthropic community. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it makes possible,” said Need.

The range of award recipients presented a diverse picture of the Alaskan philanthropic community. More than 300 guests honored the dedication and commitment of seven exceptional foundations, corporations, and individuals to lead and inspire change in the nonprofit sector.

Changing the World with a Giving Heart. “When the selection committee reviewed the Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy nominations, Dr. Sandra Ehrlich was the unanimous choice. She exemplifies an individual who is changing the world with a giving heart,” said Becky More, AFP Alaska Chapter President-Elect.

“This prestigious award is presented to an individual that has made a lasting positive impact on the profession of fund development in Alaska through professional accomplishments, high ethical standards, and sustained quality and length of service,” More said.

 Changing Lives & Saving Lives. “I believe in the transformational power of philanthropy to change lives and save lives. Standing in front of a room of 300 people where the sheer power of philanthropy emanated from the room was humbling and affirming,” said Dr. Sandra G. Ehrlich.

 “There is no greater honor than to be acknowledged by your peers while surrounded by your mentors, mentees, colleagues, and friends. I was inspired by the stories demonstrating resilience, determination, and the power of collaborative partnerships at National Philanthropy Day,” she said.

 Making a Difference in Our Community. “We live in a time where people are searching for something meaningful; searching for a way to make a difference in our community. Fortunately, every day we have the opportunity to be catalysts for change,” Ehrlich said.

 “On my journey as a CBPP professor, Board Chair, nonprofit advocate, and fund development professional, my goal is to make a difference in the lives of others,” she said.   

 Inspiring Change through a Leadership Lens “As the VP of Education of the AFP Alaska Chapter, receiving this award has heightened my commitment to push the learning edge for our sector. I will seek to provide tangible, lessons learned through educational sessions, hands-on training, mentorship, networking, and support for fundraisers in the nonprofit sector,” said Ehrlich.

 “As a professor in the College of Business & Public Policy, I will continue to work diligently to engage, motivate, and challenge our students. By fostering curiosity and building community, we will provide opportunities for our business students to achieve success. My fervent hope is to inspire our students to serve as catalysts to lead change in the College of Business, at UAA, and in the greater community, ” Ehrlich said.

 Dr. Sandra G. Ehrlich, CFRE, is an Associate Professor of Management & Marketing in the College of Business & Public Policy. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, CFRE, a certified Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Master Trainer, and a certified Team-Based Learning (TBL) Trainer-Consultant. Sandra serves as the UAA CAFÉ Team-Based Learning Faculty Associate. One of 36 Certified Fund Raising Executives, CFRE’s, in Alaska, Dr. Sandra Ehrlich has been an AFP member since 2001 and a CFRE since 2007. She is the AFP Alaska Chapter VP of Education, and the Board President of The Friends of Talkeetna Library. Dr. Sandra Ehrlich is the CIS 280—Managerial Communications—Course Coordinator.