LMU CELEBRATES PHILANTHROPY DAY BY HONORING HOLLAND
November 19, 2010 - Harrogate, Tennessee – Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) joined the nation in celebrating National Philanthropy Day on Thursday with an awareness campaign for students and by participating in activities with the local philanthropic community.
LMU President B. James Dawson and Chairman Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk along with Vice President for University Advancement Cynthia Whitt and Director of Foundations Martha Scheidler attended the Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropy Day Celebration at Rothchild’s Catering and Conference Center in Knoxville, Tenn., where LMU trustee Charles Holland was recognized with a community award.
Holland, the founder and CEO of QualPro Inc., developed the multivariable testing (MVT) process while leading efforts to solve a critical problem in a vital nuclear weapons plant during the height of the Cold War. Over the last twenty-seven years, QualPro consultants have assisted clients in implementing MVT at over 1,000 companies including many of the Fortune 500. QualPro consultants have implemented MVT to improve LMU’s student recruitment and fundraising efforts and found great success. While his passion for his alma mater is evident through his service on the board and his company’s contributions to the University’s growth, his faith and love for his community and family undergirds his leadership in numerous educational and social service organizations and guides his philanthropic spirit. Holland has sponsored the Southeastern Road Warriors youth baseball team for the past five years, providing uniforms, travel expenses, scholarship assistance and encouraging players’ success on and off the field.
Holland was recognized at the luncheon by WBIR’s Abby Ham and along with community honorees Janice Greer and Scott Davis. Philanthropy Day Awards were given by the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals to Mercy Health Partners (Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist), Liz Stowers (Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser) and Steve and Ruth West (Outstanding Philanthropists).
LMU also launched a philanthropy awareness campaign for students, faculty and staff. This included the distribution of cards on philanthropy on the main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., and LMU’s extended learning sites. The cards represented ways philanthropy already existed at LMU and around the world and directed people to a new page on LMU’s website about philanthropy.
Finally, the day marked the launch of the University’s holiday charity drive to benefit Mission of Hope. Every year, LMU selects one charitable organization as the beneficiary of the University’s annual charity drive. For the fourth consecutive year, LMU will be collecting non-perishable food, toys, hygiene items and warm clothes for the Mission of Hope Christmas Campaign. This is the 15th year for the Mission of Hope’s Christmas Campaign. The first Christmas Campaign, in 1996, provided for 150 children. Last year over 16,000 children and families were assisted with food, new clothing, hygiene items, new toys and more. The University will collect items through December 2, when Mission of Hope Executive Director Emmette Thompson will be on hand at the Annual Tree Lighting and Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra concert to make a special presentation to LMU.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAPTION: Shirley and Charles Holland are pictured with LMU Vice President for University Advancement Cindy Whitt, President B. James Dawson and QualPro Consultant Dana Thompson at the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropy Day Celebration. Charles Holland, CEO and founder of QualPro, was LMU’s Community Honoree at the event.
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