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York U Foundation President second Canadian ever to receive prestigious award

November 13, 2006

Source: York University

TORONTO, November 13, 2006 -- York University Foundation President and CEO Paul Marcus has become the second Canadian ever to be recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) — the world’s largest fundraising organization with 27,000 members worldwide — as the recipient of the Community Counselling Service (CCS) Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional.

This annual award is among AFP International’s highest honours, recognizing individuals and organizations whose achievements have made an impact on society, both nationally and internationally. For Marcus, the award follows the announcement that he has also been named the 2006 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Greater Toronto chapter of AFP. Selected by his peers, this award recognizes Marcus as embodying the values of AFP: an individual who leads by example and gives of his time, talent and resources to make a meaningful contribution to the work of not-for-profit organizations.

"This is a truly an honour for Paul, the York University Foundation, and the University itself," says Tim Price, Chair of the foundation’s board of directors. "Paul is the first to point out that these achievements and this award would not be possible without the commitment and passion of the York community."

As the founding President of the York University Foundation, Marcus has overseen the implementation of an innovative model for university fundraising in Canada. The results have been outstanding. In the past four years, foundation revenue has doubled and the number of donors has increased by 63 percent. York can proudly point to 13 new gifts of $1 million or more in the last 28 months.

York recently launched the largest fundraising campaign in its history to celebrate its 50th anniversary – "York to the Power of 50". With the support of its friends and donors, the University is more than halfway – with $110 million raised – to its goal of $200 million.

Previous to his York University role, Marcus, was senior vice president at the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation where he was part of the team that implemented the successful Best Medicine campaign raising in excess of $150 million in phase one thanks to dedicated community support. He is an active member of the fundraising community, and has spoken at many conferences and events. He is one of two Canadians serving on AFP International’s Ethics Committee and has served on the board of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter.

Marcus will receive the Greater Toronto chapter award during AFP's National Philanthropy Day celebrations on Nov. 15 in Toronto. He will receive his international award in Dallas, Texas in March as part of AFP’s international conference on fundraising.

About York University

York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto, Canada’s most international city. The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic academic community of 50,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, as well as 190,000 alumni worldwide. York’s 11 faculties and 23 research centres conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary, cutting across traditional academic boundaries. This distinctive and collaborative approach is preparing students for the future and bringing fresh insights and solutions to real-world challenges. York University is an autonomous, not-for-profit corporation.

About The York University Foundation

The York University Foundation is dedicated to supporting York University’s academic and research mission. In 2002, the Foundation was established as an innovative model for educational fundraising in Canada.

About AFP

AFP with 27,000 members worldwide, is a recognized leader in promoting philanthropy and providing education, training and best practices for those in the fundraising profession. The Greater Toronto Chapter is the largest of the 180 AFP chapters throughout the world.



Keith MarnochMedia RelationsYork



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