Sarah Greichen, 2016 Gold Award recipient from Centennial and Girl Scouts of the USA National Young Woman of Distinction, has been named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The award comes with a $2,500 prize to be used for education expenses. It is presented to an individual youth volunteer (18 and under) who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism through his/her work in the community. This commitment and impact is demonstrated specifically through sustained activity over a period of time. The individual acts as a role model for other youth in the community and generates interest in volunteerism in other groups.
Sarah, a senior at Front Range Christian School, was also awarded the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Inspired by her twin brother who has an autism spectrum disorder, Sarah started a non-profit organization, Score A Friend, to promote and support youth to lead school-based unified clubs for students of all abilities. Today, there are Score A Friend clubs in schools and universities across the country.
“Sarah exemplifies courage, confidence, and character. Her continued pursuit of excellence in all aspects of her life inspires her peers and community members to listen and follow, taking action to make their world a better place,” said Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie A. Foote, who nominated Sarah for this prestigious award.
Sarah will officially accept her award at the annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November 10, 2016 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
National Philanthropy Day® brings thousands of people around the world together to celebrate giving, volunteering, and charitable engagement and to highlight the accomplishments of those involved in the philanthropic process, both large and small. In Colorado, the official day and grassroots movement is led by the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
“Philanthropy shows the love of humankind,” says Cory Andersen, CFRE, National Philanthropy Day® Luncheon Chair. “We are blessed to have so many people in Colorado that give their time, talent and treasure to make a difference and create impact in their communities. It is an honor to recognize these extraordinary individuals and organizations.”