Call for nominations to Lorna Somers Legacy Giving Award of Excellence

Updated: Jun 12

Submit by June 30, 2020



Last year we honoured Lisa Gonnering of St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation with the Lorna Somers Legacy Giving Award of Excellence in its inaugural year. We are continuing this tradition and are seeking nominations for this prestigious award.  Send us a name of a colleague who lives and breathes excellence in gift planning.  Do you know a professional in planned giving whose achievements, mentorship, and innovation inspires the work of others? Do they contribute to the wonderful legacies our donors have made throughout our Greater Hamilton and Niagara region? We will honour and celebrate the recipient of the 2020 Lorna Somers Legacy Giving Award of Excellence. We are thrilled that Lorna Somers has lent her name to this prestigious award as her contributions to planned giving reach far and wide. As an accomplished practitioner, in her 32nd year at McMaster University, Lorna is recognized internationally as a teacher and facilitator in the fields of Philanthropy, Higher Education and Institutional Advancement speaking at educational, charitable and arts organizations throughout the world. From the introduction of foundational programs like Annual and Planned Giving, and the establishment of Major and Principal Giving and Recognition and Stewardship, Lorna also leads strategic planning, case and vision development. Campaign Director for two university-wide comprehensive campaigns, she has also led targeted campaigns for the Museum of Art, Health Sciences, Endowment, Chairs and Scholarships and University Centre. Lorna works closely with academic leadership and is leading McMaster’s new Brighter World Research Initiative. Lorna and Dr. Frank Minton have written the definitive Canadian fundraising text, Planned Giving for Canadians. She is the recipient of numerous international awards for excellence in teaching and leadership including Friends of CAGP and CASE’s Frank Ashmore Award for Leadership and Teaching and the John Lippincott Award for International Leadership. We welcome nomination submissions from our members. If you know someone who deserves this award, we are listening! The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2020. Click here to nominate an individual for the 2020 Lorna Somers Legacy Giving Award of Excellence.

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