Sally Alspaugh, CAP, director of Family Philanthropy for Xavier University, has received the Fithian Leadership Award, one of the highest honors in the financial services industry and the top honor of The International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy.
The Fithian Leadership Award acknowledges professionals with distinguished careers in service to the philanthropic community. Honorees are chosen for their efforts to uphold the standards of excellence in ethics, service and charitable planning encouraged by the Association.
Sally Alspaugh has served the public’s best interest in both the for-profit and the non-profit sectors. As a financial planner for many years in the for-profit sector, her heart was always in helping her clients practice their philanthropy in the most efficient manner possible. Now, as the director of Family Philanthropy at Xavier, a private university, she dedicates all her time to helping families achieve family harmony through the practice of family philanthropy in the non-profit world.
An engaging speaker and lecturer, Sally educates colleagues and clients on advanced strategies in layman's language interspersed with real life case studies and anecdotes. Having served as advisor to wealthy Cincinnati individuals and families for over 30 years, she has been a guest expert for Cincinnati WVXU's Law Talk and WAXY 790 AM's Funny Money in Miami, Florida. For years, her column was featured in Eastside Weekend's financial section.
Sally is past president of the National Association of Philanthropic Planners, International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy, past president of Queen City Association, trustee of The Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council, former Advancement Committee member of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and advisor to Bethesda Foundation.
Sally has given of herself tirelessly to AiP and its predecessors for decades. In addition to serving as Conference Chair more than once, she has served on the board of AiP and is currently a board member of the AiP Foundation.
In 2003 Sally worked with Johnne Syverson leading the NAPP Conference in Albuquerque. Attendance was low that year and the Board was resigned to shutting down NAPP for "lack of interest”. However, Sally and Johnne committed to keep NAPP going, even if it meant turning it into a small study group. They made a concerted effort to revitalize NAPP, which led to its merger with NAFWC in 2005. The merged organizations became The International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy, more commonly called AiP. Sally’s leadership and persistence led AiP from the brink of extinction to what it is today. Sally continues to provide enthusiasm and leadership.
Sally is most deserving of the AiP Fithian Leadership Award, because without her past leadership, there would likely not be an AiP organization in existence today. She will receive her award at the AiP Fithian Awards Dinner Thursday, April 25 during the Conference on Philanthropy.