Smalls give big, named city’s top philanthropists

Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 11:35am
Staff reports

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Nashville Chapter will name Mr. and Mrs. Irvin L. Small as the area’s Philanthropists of the Year at its annual National Philanthropy Day (NPD) luncheon on Nov. 10, at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel.

Dedicated donors of the Nashville Symphony, the Smalls have committed themselves to ensuring the future of the symphony. They have also established the Beverly and Irvin Small Continuing Education Fund through the Saint Thomas Foundation to support continuing education for hospital employees.

Other local organizations that benefit from the Small’s support include Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art, Community Nashville and Nashville Opera.

Also to receive recognition at the November luncheon are Kevin Smith, selected as Fundraising Volunteer of the Year for his work with Make-a-Wish of Middle Tennessee.

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel has also been honored — selected as the Corporate Philanthropy Program of the Year for their financial and in-kind support of many Nashville nonprofits.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in 200 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.

Established in 1981, the Nashville Chapter currently serves a membership of more than 120 area professionals. The Nashville Chapter serves all of Middle Tennessee and parts of Southern Kentucky.