Several longtime UAB supporters were honored with National Philanthropy Day awards by the Association of Fundraising Professionals on November 14, 2013.
John D. Johns, one of the co-chairs for The Campaign for UAB, was named an outstanding civic leader. Johns, who is president and CEO of Protective Life of Birmingham, also serves as co-chair of the steering committee for the Children’s Aid Society’s Home at Last campaign. He was chosen for this award for taking a pivotal role as a co-chair of the Children’s Aid Society’s campaign, for their efforts to help preserve Alabama families at risk, for supporting adoption, and for empowering independence of at risk youth.
The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Outstanding Professional Advisor award went to Carla B. Gale, who was nominated by Shirley Salloway Kahn, Ph.D., vice president for Development, Alumni, and External Relations. Gale joined Regions Bank, previously AmSouth, in 1992 and currently serves as director of Endowments and Foundations. She specializes in servicing the investment and administrative needs of nonprofit clients in the Greater Birmingham area and individuals and families interested in structuring planned gifts to benefit nonprofit organizations. She was chosen for this award for connecting donors with worthwhile causes, helping donors fund medical research in stem cell biology and diabetes, providing scholarship opportunities and support for visual and performing arts, and working with numerous nonprofit organizations on a daily basis.
Craft O'Neal accepted the award for Outstanding Corporate Citizen for O’Neal Industries. The family and the company are a family company have supported scholarships in Nursing and the School of Business. The company was chosen for providing support and leadership in arts, culture, civic organizations, and health and human services.
Caldwell Marks, who was nominated by Dr. Kahn and Coke Matthews, chief development officer at Children’s Health System, was named the Virginia B. and William M. Spencer Outstanding Philanthropist. Throughout his remarkable life and career, Marks dedicated his talents, resources, and energies to improving our community. He endowed two research chairs at UAB, in cancer and heart disease. He also made significant contributions to Children’s Hospital, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The Spencer Award is fitting as the Marks and Bill Spencer were longtime friends and business partners. This award was given posthumously.