Friday, November 09, 2007

SMU’s Burchill recognized locally, nationally for philanthropy work

WINONA, Minn. — The late Tim Burchill, longtime Saint Mary’s University administrator and director of the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership, will be honored three times in the next week for his work in philanthropy.

Burchill will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Philanthropy Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on Nov. 15. A celebration of National Philanthropy Day — at which awards will be presented — will be held at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront in Saint Paul.

Each year AFP honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world. This will be the first time the Outstanding Contribution to Philanthropy Award has been given posthumously; Tim’s wife Barb of Winona will accept the award on his behalf.

Burchill will be honored in La Crosse, Wis., on Nov. 14 by the local Upper Mississippi Valley chapter of AFP, which he co-founded.

And the Winona Community Foundation will present Burchill with the Founders Award on Nov. 13 during its Thanks for Giving event. As part of the award, Burchill’s family will receive a $5,000 grant. The Burchills have asked that the grant be used for the SMU Philanthropy and Development program, which Tim co-founded.