Since our founding in 1972, we have worked closely with exceptional individuals and families who use their charitable giving to make our region stronger and more vital. Here a few of those generous folks, who were recipients of our 2018 Philanthropy Awards:
Joe U. Posner Founders Award
Kathy’s activist parents inspired her generous and community-minded spirit. Her mom was an avid volunteer. Her father, as Connecticut’s commissioner of community affairs, worked on various race issues, and both parents protested the Vietnam War, marched against poverty, and opened their home to those who needed a place to stay.
Kathy, Ted, and their family made Rochester their home in 1980. Philanthropy became a big part of their lives several years later when Ted sold his share of a broadcasting company. They made sizable — and anonymous — gifts to support the Greater Rochester Women’s Fund at the Foundation and community-wide efforts to improve early childhood education.
Their anonymous giving ended when Kathy started working at what was then Rundel Library Foundation and thought, "If I am going to be asking people for money, it is probably a good idea for me to be known as a giver of money." She retired as executive director in 2010.
Kathy served on the Community Foundation board for eight years. After retiring in 2016, she stayed involved by joining the Advisory Council and co-spearheading the annual Community Sponsors campaign.
Her strong belief in giving back is something she promotes with her two adult children, their spouses, and seven grandchildren. Annually, each grandchild is given a modest amount to contribute to a cause or organization he or she cares about. Their donations have gone to the Urban-Suburban program, Foodlink, Water for South Sudan, and to purchase musical instruments for students. "It is really fun and exciting to give and it has been neat to get the kids involved in giving, too," says Kathy.
Giving back to the community they love is something that is very important to the Frames.
Bud and Peggy have been working with the Community Foundation since 1991 to facilitate their personal charitable giving. Some of their more visible gifts are donated clock towers that stand in downtown Pittsford and on the campuses of the University of Rochester and the UR Medical Center, the last two in memory of family members.
This tight-knit Pittsford family, who live within four square miles of each other, "are very like-minded people. We have similar tastes and interests," says Michael Frame, the middle of their three sons.
That includes their philanthropy, which collectively and individually focuses on causes or organizations they care about — and that also benefit the community. Their wide-ranging support has touched The Harley School, Boy Scouts, and WXXI (Scott and Kathy); Compeer, Junior Achievement, and ABVI-Goodwill (Michael and Suzanne); and Finger Lakes Land Trust, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Alliance, and Boy Scouts (Duncan and Jane).
To ensure that the family’s legacy of giving will continue, Bud and Peggy (who passed away in March 2019) borrowed an idea from Peggy’s late sister and brother-in-law, Katie and Bob Sykes. In 2015, the Frames took a portion of an endowed advised fund they set up in 1994 and split it into three permanent funds, one for each of their sons and daughters-in-law.
"Giving back goes deep into the roots of our family," says oldest son Scott. "We derive a great deal of satisfaction and joy from giving."
For this couple, philanthropy is simply about helping others, especially youth.
"Children are our future and sometimes they do not get the opportunity to do much just because they do not have the means," says Marion, who has been married to Randy for 33 years.
The Hendersons’ support has been far-reaching and has included taking in foster children, providing incentives for high school seniors through their Ford dealership, helping with an annual book drive for Rochester School 50, volunteering with their church’s youth jail ministry, and supporting local YMCAs and Champion Academy.
"We just think of it as doing what we are led to do," adds Randy, who is also a licensed minister and a certified chaplain to first responders.
These parents of three, grandparents to eight, and great-grandparents to one feel a deep commitment to helping as many children as possible succeed in school and in life.
In 2010, they connected with the Community Foundation and set up the Henderson Family Legacy Fund to support education and address issues affecting families and the elderly. Randy and Marion were early members of the Foundation’s African American Giving Initiative. Over the years, Randy has volunteered on many boards and now serves on two — Action for a Better Community and the Ford Minority Dealer Association.
They both believe they are just doing their part. "We often look at philanthropy in terms of financial resources, but I really think that anyone who is committed to giving and helping others has some philanthropic values," says Randy.
Join us in congratulating the recipients of our Philanthropy Awards.
Year in and year out, each recipient contributes to the promise of the greater Rochester region. We recognize the many hours and consistent financial support these generous individuals and families share with countless nonprofit organizations dedicated to the improvement of our families, our neighbors, our schools, and our villages, towns, cities, and counties.
If not for this award, many of our honorees would remain behind the scenes, invisibly savoring the good works they have started, continued, or completed. We thank them for going public with their generosity in order to inspire others.
Here are the people and organizations that have been recognized with Philanthropy Awards by the Community Foundation since 1991. Those who have received the Joe U. Posner Founders Award, named for our founding chair, are marked with a + (it was the Founders Award before 2001):
2018: Bud and Peggy* Frame family, Randy and Marion Henderson, and Kathy Nixon+
2017: Mike Buckley+; Anne Morris Farnham and Sherman Farnham Jr.; Mimi Hwang; Chuck Lundeen and John Williams
Special Recognition: Rochester Women's Giving Circle for 10 years of grassroots philanthropy, and Irene Weinberg, representing the three couples who provided the Foundation with its first gift in 1973.
2016: Mary V. Fisher and Deborah Lattime+; Dr. Sidney and Barbara Sobel; and Dilip Vellodi
2015: Leo and Charlotte Landhuis; Pin-Seng and Shirley Tschang; and Nathan “Nick” Robfogel+
Special Recognition: Bob Silver* for 20 years of leading Community Sponsors annual campaign
2014: Tom Argust+; Dr. Matthew Augustine; Linda Wells Davey; and the Robert Sykes* and family
Special Recognition: Feinbloom Supporting Foundation 25-year partnership.
2013: Dr. Walter Cooper+; The Robert* and Jane* Stevens Family; and Eric Zeller
Special Recognition: Muriel H. Marshall Fund 15-year partnership.
2012: Ronald Fielding; Janet Buchanan Smith; and Margaret Sánchez+
Special Recognition: Community Foundation Founders and Longest-Serving Volunteers for An Evening Out At Home - Diana Lauria and Esel Rasor*
2011: Edward P. “Ted” Curtis Jr.*; Lou and Betty* Iacona family; Ruth I. Morton; and Ruth H. Scott+
2010: Mark and Kathy Cleary; Mark* and Bobbie* (Barbara) Hargrave Jr.; TC Lewis+; and Nannette Nocon
2009: Bruce B. Bates+; Suzanne Gouvernet; Adrienne* and Bertha Simpkins; and Justin L. Vigdor
2008: Joe Brown*; Dr. Marvin and Nancy* Yanes Hoffman: Robert D. “Bob” Hursh+*; and Frank* and Norma Riedman
2007: Vee and George* Angle; Tom and Barbara Clark; Paul Rubery, Esq.+; and V.J. Stanley*
2006: Catherine Carlson*/Dorris and Chester Carlson Foundation; Ray and Erika Hutch; and Harris “Bud” Rusitzky+
2005: Harry* and Nancy Beilfuss; Robert W. “Bob” Kessler, Esq.+; and John M. “Dutch” Summers
2004: George and Mary Bauer: Marjorie Brenneman; Jerome L. Huff*; and Richard A. Schwartz+
2003: Armored Motor Service of Rochester: Jacqueline P. Cady*; Alfred L. Davis*; C. Benn and Sally Forsyth+; and Halcyon Hill Foundation
2002: Joanna Card*: ESL Federal Credit Union; James and Janis Gleason and the Gleason Foundation; Elliott H. Press*; and Janet Welch+
2001: Ames-Amzalak Memorial Trust; Ione “Grandma” Collins*; B. Thomas Golisano; and Robert C. Silver+*
Special Recognition: Horses on Parade Project of High Falls Brewing Company
2000: Davenport-Hatch Foundation; Lance Drummond; Greece Rotary Club; Cricket Luellen; and Linda Weinstein+
1999: Joseph and Nancy Briggs+; Caldwell Manufacturing; Princeton Club of Rochester; and Robert Schmidhammer
1998: Arunas Chesonis; Ronald Fielding; James Littwitz+*; Richard Palermo*; and The Rochester Garden Club
1997: The Brush Family+; Hattie Harris*; Rosa Wims; Louis S. & Molly Wolk Foundation; and Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church
1996: Frontier Corporation; Junior League of Rochester; Joe U. Posner+*; and Robert Strasenburgh*
1995: Brighton Twelve Corners Middle School 8th Grade Community Service Program; Diane Doniger; Ruby Lockhart; Merrill Lynch and Co., Bruce Taub – Resident Vice President; and I.C. Shah+
1994: Dr. Donald Eldredge*; Harold* and Joan Feinbloom+; Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation; and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1993: Nicholas Ferreri; Philip and Dolores* Neivert; Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.; and Wyman-Potter Foundation
1992: Borders Book Shop; Eastman Kodak Company: Elliot Landsman*; Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation
1991: Richard F. Brush
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