Harold J. (Si) Seymour Award
"Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present, and keep the promise to posterity." – Harold J. Seymour
The association's highest honor, the AHP Si Seymour Award, recognizes distinguished leadership in association affairs and in the health care philanthropy community. The award is in the name of Harold J. (Si) Seymour, one of the trailblazers in the world of philanthropy who fostered and promoted exemplary standards of excellence for volunteerism and philanthropic support. His career spanned a half-century of fundraising on behalf of many worthy causes, from the National War Fund during World War II and Harvard University to youth groups, educational institutions, health organizations and numerous community service projects. Seymour’s book, Designs for Fundraising
, published in 1966 is regarded as a bible of philanthropic fundraising to this day.
Every year since 1970, AHP presents its prestigious Harold J. (Si) Seymour Award to development professionals whose careers reflect excellence and outstanding leadership in health care philanthropy. This award is given annually and presented each year at the AHP International Conference.
The Award Committee uses six criteria in determining the winner. The candidate should:
Nominees are reconsidered for a two year period and then applications must be resubmitted.
- Be a member in good standing, or a representative of a member firm in good standing, who has maintained development professional membership for a minimum of 10 years during his or her career
- Be a successful fund raiser, demonstrated by documented dollars raised
- Have a statesmanlike quality, embodying the recognized traits of leadership in our profession
- Represent the profession well to other professionals and to the candidate's community
- Have made continuing contributions to the association by holding office, publishing articles, teaching at conferences, etc.
- Have improved in some way the level of professionalism in the association