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Lisa Bowen was awarded the 2017 AACF Professional Award in Philanthropy as a way to recognize her passion for her clients, her ability to listen to their needs and a deep personal belief in the value of philanthropy
Long-time supporters of many charities in the Alexandria area, Fred and Terri Bursch established a donor advised fund in 2011 which has eased their charitable giving process.
Pete and Audrey Bursch were active and generous residents of the Alexandria community. After their passing, their children set up a donor advised fund to continue to support their passion for theater and arts.
As one of the founding board members of the Alexandria Area Community Foundation, Micheal Lillehaugen has been a strong advocate for philanthropy in the community and was the recipient of the 2017 AACF Ruth McDonald Award in Philanthropy.
A life-long learner and adventure lover, Ruth McDonald blazed trails at many points in her life.
In March 2013, long-time Alexandria residents Rick and Sandy Paulsen created a donor advised fund with the Alexandria Community Foundation to make the most of the advantages of giving appreciated securities.
Tom Reif's family established the Thomas J. Reif Memorial Scholarship Fund after he passed away in 2015. Many friends and associates have contributed to the fund which awards scholarships to graduates of Alexandria Area High School who are student athletes and leaders.
Frank Starke was the 2018 Ruth McDonald Award in Philanthropy Recipient from the Alexandria Area Community Foundation.