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2016 Honorees

Congratulations to the 2016 National Philanthropy Day Honorees!

Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year: Anne Maley and Tim Schaffner

Inspired by her mother who worked as a volunteer, helping others and making the world a better place have been Anne’s passion and mission since she was young.  Originally from Massachusetts, Anne moved to Tucson nearly twenty-four years ago to work for the Shanti Foundation (now the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation) and eventually served as SAAF’s Executive Director. After fifteen years with the nonprofit, Anne chose to redirect her talents and expertise by starting her own consulting business, Anne Maley Consulting.

A Native New Yorker, Tim grew up in a publishing family and worked as a literary agent for nearly fifteen years. After relocating to the Tucson area, he pursued a career as an English and ESL teacher at Presidio School, Amphitheater High School and Canyon del Oro High School. For the past fifteen years, Tim has turned his attention back to publishing, and as founder and owner of Schaffner Press, has been bringing out books that deal with vital social issues and stories of social change, with over forty titles now in print.

Anne and Tim are heavily involved in the Tucson community as volunteers and supporters of SAAF, Archeology Southwest, Literacy Connects, Primavera Foundation, and Social Venture Partners. Anne and Tim enjoy traveling abroad, walking their two rescue dogs, and spotting hawks and flycatchers in their neighborhood.

Outstanding Corporate or Foundation Philanthropist: GEICO

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) was founded in 1936 and is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. As the country’s second-largest private passenger auto insurance company, GEICO is pleased to serve more than 14 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 23 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Tucson has been home to GEICO’s southwest operations office since 2003 and more than 1,500 Arizonans are GEICO associates. GEICO takes an active role in the local community by promoting road and highway safety through its partnership with Safe Kids Pima County and the Tucson Medical Center, which offers classes about car seat installation and provides parents with a child safety seat free of charge after they pass certification requirements. Additionally, GEICO associates work with local Girl Scout troops to teach members about car maintenance, safety and auto insurance.

GEICO’s Tucson office also supports the Arizona Leadership Foundation which helps provide scholarships for students throughout the local community. Other programs GEICO supports include the Tucson Special Olympics, Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, the United Way, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Tucson Children’s Museum.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: The Concert Committee of Patronato’s Christmas at San Xavier

Patty Doerr, Kathy Hard and Dawn Cole, all Patronato Board members, formed a core team who, since 1998 have worked to grow this event into a six concert series held across three nights in the first weeks of December. Together these three women have built a signature fundraiser that has not just become a beloved tradition, but is also an extremely significant funding vehicle, raising in excess of $2.3 million for Patronato San Xavier, the not for profit organization that has been responsible for restoring and preserving Mission San Xavier, a National Historic Landmark on the southern edge of Tucson.

From preparing the beautiful invitation, to managing the responses to guests, the complex seating charts and programming, to the front of the house logistics required to manage the actual nights of the event, this committee’s members have volunteered thousands of hours across the last eighteen years ensuring the success of “Patronato’s Christmas at San Xavier.” 

Outstanding Fundraising Executive: Ethan Smith Cox

Ethan Smith Cox has been fundraising since 2002 and has raised more than $20,000,000 both professionally and as a volunteer fundraiser during that time. Ethan began his fundraising career as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), and afterwards held fundraising positions with the Arizona Opera, the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

In 2010 Ethan returned to SAAF as Director of Development, a position he continues to hold today. In fiscal year 2013, Cox helped SAAF have its first year ever where fundraising revenues exceeded $1,000,000. Ethan has also volunteered on various non-profit boards including Tucson Pride; Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)-Southern Arizona Chapter and Planned Giving Round Table, in addition to a number of volunteer committees.

Ethan’s philosophy of philanthropy is to create opportunities for everyone to support the thing(s) that they care most about. Philanthropy is not about who can write the biggest check but about helping everyone find a way to make a difference in their community, in any way possible.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Assisteens Auxiliary

Assisteens is an auxiliary of Assistance League of Tucson that began in 1976. Assisteens are asked to make a four-year commitment during their high school years. They work on Assistance League programs and projects, as well as helping other community organizations, such as Ben’s Bells and the Community Food Bank. In addition, the Assisteens host a fashion show fundraiser each spring, and the proceeds then fund awards to local middle school music, art or physical education programs. This year there are 125 teenagers participating in Assisteens.