Leadership Award Recipient
Sally Alspaugh, CAP
Director of Family Philanthropy, Xavier University
of the highest honors in the financial services industry – as well as AiP’s
top honor – goes to Sally Alspaugh, CAP, Director of Family Philanthropy
for Xavier University.
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.
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,
Sally’s heart was always in helping her clients practice their philanthropy
in the most efficient manner possible. Now, as the Director of Family
Philanthropy at a private university, she dedicates full 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.
given of herself tirelessly to the cause of 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 was working with Johnne Syverson, leading the NAPP Conference
in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There were only 35 attendees at the Conference
that year, and the Board was resigned to shutting down NAPP for "lack of
interest”. However, by the end of the Conference, Sally and Johnne committed
to each other to keep NAPP going because they appreciated and enjoyed the
attendees and their values so much that they wanted to keep "hanging
out” with those people, even if it meant turning NAPP into a small study
group. That decision then led to a concerted effort to revitalize NAPP, which
in turn led to merging NAPP with NAFWC in 2005, renaming the merged
organizations as The International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy,
more commonly called AiP. It was Sally’s leadership and stick-to-it-iveness
which led AiP from the brink of extinction to what AiP is today. Sally has
continued providing her enthusiasm and leadership to the revived AiP
structure ever sin ce.
most deserving of the AiP Fithian Leadership Award, because without her past
leadership, there would likely not be an AiP organization in existence today.