Linda Medley, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Louisville Seminary, received the 2012 Frank W. Penick Founder’s Award last week recognizing her leadership as a development professional in the Louisville area. The award, presented by the Greater Louisville Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), was created as a tribute to Mr. Penick, who once served as Vice President of Development at Louisville Seminary.
“I’ve known Linda for a long time,” said Penick, 88, who served at the Seminary from 1980 until 1988. “She is someone who loves what she does. Now she will continue the work I left 25 years ago.”
Medley, who officially joined the Louisville Seminary on November 19, has helped raise millions of dollars for various nonprofit organizations in the Louisville area. Prior to joining Louisville Seminary, she worked at Home of the Innocents, where she helped raise more than $30 million for a large capital expansion project and led successful annual giving and grants programs.
“I am very honored and quite excited to be joining the Louisville Seminary team at a pivotal point in the seminary’s history,” said Medley. “Securing support for a bold, visionary plan is motivational for me.”
Louisville Seminary last year announced a new 10-year strategic plan, “Covenant for the Future,” which will provide tuition-free education by 2015 and preparation of students for ministry in a diverse world. The plan also calls for updates to student housing and campus-wide information technology.
Prior to her work at Home of the Innocents, Medley was the chief development professional at various organizations including: St. Catharine College in Springfield, KY; Methodist Retirement Homes of Kentucky, Inc.; and Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville, IN. Medley also held the position of Senior District Executive of the Boy Scouts of America in Louisville, KY.
Medley became a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2000. She has been active with the Greater Louisville Chapter of the AFP for 17 years and currently serves on its Board of Directors.
The Frank W. Penick Founder’s Award was created in 2000 as a tribute to Penick, a founding member of the Greater Louisville Chapter of the AFP. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to the advancement of the development profession. All recipients are certified fundraising professionals with at least 10 years of experience. The award is now funded by an endowment established by Penick and provides a grant to support the recipient’s continuing professional education.
Medley’s award was announced during the Greater Louisville AFP’s National Philanthropy Day, which recognizes and celebrates the contributions that philanthropy and those active in the philanthropic community make to individual lives and local, national and international communities.