One of the highest honors in the financial services industry – as well as the top honor given by the International Association of Advisors in Philanthopy (AiP) was recently bestowed to our very own Randy Fox! Randy was honored with the 2015 Fithian Leadership Award at the Annual Conference on Philanthropy for AiP in Chicago on April 27, 2015. Congratulations to Randy on this notable achievement!
The International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy (AiP)
By: Sheila Gidley, February 20, 2015
Named after the late Scott Fithian, one of the founding members and leaders of this organization whose passion for philanthropic advising continues to be highly recognized, the International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy (AiP) recognizes annually an individual with a distinguished career in service to the philanthropic community.
Scott Fithian is widely considered a pioneer through his innovative and ground-breaking work in the area of values-based financial and legacy planning. He was founder of The Legacy Companies, Boston and his methodology continues to inspire advisors and their clients to approach their planning in a more meaningful way.
Fithian Award honorees are chosen for their efforts to uphold the standards of excellence in ethics, service and charitable planning encouraged by the Association. Specifically, the Fithian Award recipients have elevated the profession of philanthropic planning beyond their own practice.
The 2015 Fithian Award goes to Randy Fox, CGRC, PGDC
Randy Fox has a long history of supporting and serving the philanthropic community through both his professional and volunteer efforts focused on philanthropy. He is a nationally known wealth strategist, philanthropic estate planner, educator and speaker dedicated to helping individuals, professional advisors, charitable institutions and planned giving organizations do well while doing good. His collaborative approach facilitates clients’ ability to preserve and transform wealth in ways that honor their goals and passions while passing values, responsibility and stewardship ethics to their heirs.
Randy is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Planned Giving Designed Center, a web based service providing philanthropic planning education to both non-profit and for-profit professionals active in the planned giving arena. The PGDC is an invaluable resource to all professionals who work with donors, helping them to become more effective with their philanthropy. He is also the regional representative for Charitable Giving Resource Center, a national consultancy serving non-profits by providing education and guidance in strengthening their financial infrastructure.
Prior to his work at the PGDC and CGRC, Randy spent several years as the co-founder of InKnowVision, LLC, a national consulting firm. InKnow Vision skillfully injects philanthropic planning strategies into the estate and financial plans being presented to donors by various professional advisors who use InKnowVision to help develop very sophisticated plans to help donors achieve their objectives for themselves, their families and their communities. These plans have helped to implement hundreds of millions of dollars in current and planned gifts to charities all over the U.S.
In Randy’s volunteer life he has served on several non-profit boards. He was instrumental in merging the National Association of Philanthropic Planners (NAPP) and the National Association of Family Wealth Counselors (NAFWC) into what is now the International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy (AiP). In fact, Randy was elected to serve as the first President of the newly formed AiP, and served on the board for a number of years after his term as president. He continues to serve as a resource in program and conference development for AiP.
Said former Fithian Award Recipient and AiP Past President Johnne Syverson, “I know of no one more dedicated to serving the field of philanthropy than Randy Fox, and am proud to nominate him.”
Randy Fox accepting his award on April 27, 2015 at the Fithian Awards Dinner, part of AiP’s Conference on Philanthropy.