Carol Kern, a board member with Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS), was honored recently at the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2017 Celebration of Philanthropy Luncheon. Held at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, Kern received the Spirit of Philanthropy Award, which publicly recognizes volunteers who exemplify the philanthropic spirit through their contributions of time, effort and/or resources.

Founded in 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals is a professional association of individuals that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions.

Kern has been a volunteer board member with JFCS since 2005.

“On behalf of Paul E. Stander, M.D., MBA, our board chair, and the other members of our Board of Governors, we congratulate Carol Kern for being recognized with the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Spirit of Philanthropy Award,” said Lorrie Henderson, PhD, MBA, president and CEO of JFCS. “Carol is an invaluable part of our volunteer leadership here at JFCS.  Her ability to collaborate with other members of our Board of Governors to carry out JFCS’ mission is truly exemplary. We can’t think of anyone more deserving.”

JFCS has been serving the Greater Phoenix community since its inception in 1935. JFCS’ programs include: counseling, mental health assessment and treatment, early childhood trauma assessment and treatment, child crisis intervention and rehabilitative services, support for victims of domestic violence, substance abuse, work force readiness, and high school equivalency exams for teens in foster care.

“I am humbled to have received this award and even more so knowing the nomination came from the team at Jewish Children & Family Service,” said Kern, “It has been my distinct pleasure to serve on this board of directors and being a part of the good work that the organization does in our community.”

JFCS is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that strengthens the community by providing quality behavioral health and social services to children, families and adults of all ages, in accordance with a Jewish value system that cares for all humanity. JFCS hopes for a future where families are strong, where elders are cared for and where children are safe. JFCS’ dedication to its mission is strengthened by its commitment to its core Jewish values that honor community and the continuity of the generations.

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