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Asbury Woods' Longtime Volunteer Fundraiser Recognized at National Philanthropy Day

Posted Nov 20, 2018
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Photo Credit: Rick Klein Photography. Attorney Mark Shaw (L) accepting the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser award from Executive Director Jennifer Farrar (R)

Attorney Mark Shaw Awarded Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Erie, PA (November 20, 2018) Congratulations to Attorney Mark Shaw for being awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award from the Northwestern PA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The award was presented during AFP's annual National Philanthropy Day on November 15, 2018 at Lakeshore Country Club in Erie, PA.

Attorney Mark Shaw was the unifying and driving force behind Asbury Woods’ recently completed $5.2 million capital campaign. Mark has a long history of volunteerism with Asbury Woods where he puts his personal principles of environmental stewardship and advocacy into practice. He has served several terms on the board of directors and two years as board chair. 

One of the crowning achievements of Mark’s involvement with Asbury Woods was successfully brokering the agreement for Asbury Woods Partnership to purchase 115 acres of land including the Nature Center and Brown’s Farm Barn from Millcreek Township School District. Asbury Woods was under threat of closure or sale several times over the past decade due to Millcreek Township School District’s financial struggles. 

Brokering the agreement would have been accomplishment enough, but Mark also led the charge to raise the dollars needed for the purchase, critical capital improvements and securing the future with endowment gifts through the successful Preserving a Legacy Capital Campaign. Mark Shaw served as the Campaign Chair for the Preserving a Legacy Capital Campaign which ran from July 2016 and successfully concluded September 2018 with a total of $5.2 million raised. Mark served as a model volunteer fundraiser and campaign leader by making a sacrificial leadership gift to the campaign. He then recruited a community philanthropic leader, Nancy Kern, as honorary chair and a campaign committee to assist the efforts. 

Under Mark’s leadership, the Preserving a Legacy Campaign secured a diverse funding mix from local government, state grants, corporate donors and individuals. Mark’s personal dedication to and passion for Asbury Woods was apparent throughout the campaign as he shared the case for support with dozens of potential donors.  Mark’s leadership and personal philanthropy inspired others to get involved as campaign volunteers and campaign donors. Mark was instrumental in stewarding, soliciting and securing a transformational gift to the campaign which resulted in a renaming of the Nature Center in honor of the lead donor. 

In addition to Mark’s work for Asbury Woods, he has also been an engaged volunteer fundraiser for other organizations including United Way of Erie County and St. Patrick’s Church for the Erie Irish Festival. Mark’s longtime involvement with United Way of Erie County included many years on their Leadership Giving Committee whose goal was to secure annual gifts of $1,000 or more from individuals. He currently serves on the United Way Board of Directors. As the founding chair of the Erie Irish Festival for many years, Mark attended to details large and small, including recruiting other volunteers and leading the efforts to secure festival sponsors. 

Mark has served numerous local organizations as an outstanding volunteer fundraiser and leader, personally making a positive impact on the outcome of those fundraising efforts.