December 10, 2018
AFP Alaska Chapter names Landes as the organization’s 2018 Outstanding Philanthropist
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – In recognition of his extraordinary efforts to support Alaska’s non-profit community, the Alaska Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has named GCI Senior Vice President of Consumer Services Paul Landes as the organization’s 2018 Outstanding Philanthropist.
The Outstanding Philanthropist award is “presented to the individual or family who has demonstrated exceptional civic responsibility by providing ongoing and major financial support, together with effective leadership, to community-wide major fundraising projects,” according to the AFP Alaska Chapter.
While Landes has a history of dedicated service to organizations that support Alaskans, his selfless commitment to the non-profit community this year has eclipsed all of his previous efforts. Since the death of Jim Balamaci in early 2018, Landes has helped launch a $2 million endowment supporting Special Olympics Alaska, where Balamaci served as president and CEO. Also with his leadership, dozens of business executives and the community at-large came together to raise more than $1 million at the Covenant House Alaska Sleep Out.
“It’s such an honor to be recognized by the AFP Alaska chapter, but it’s important to remember that this hasn’t been a solo effort. The level of compassion and willingness of our community to lend a helping hand never ceases to amaze me,” said Landes. “At the end of the day, we all want to better our community, especially for those who need a little extra help, and giving back is the best way we can make that happen.”
At the AFP Alaska Chapter’s Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, Landes noted that even though it’s good to take pride in what’s been accomplished, so far, there’s always another step to take. He challenged a room full of many of the state’s philanthropy leaders to find one more way to help, whether through volunteering a few more hours, hosting a fundraiser or making a donation.
GCI donates more than $2 million to Alaska organizations each year and provides more than 32,000 hours of paid volunteer time to its 2,200 employees statewide. In July, GCI was named as one of the state’s best corporate citizens.
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