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Submit a nomination for the Awards for Distinguished Service online now!

In 1975, NCDC established the Award for Distinguished Service to be given annually to a member of NCDC who has made an unusually significant contribution to the cause of religious and charitable fundraising, and in the spirit of Jesus Christ.

In 1999, former NCDC President George T. Holloway was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, which was renamed to honor his 28+ years of service to NCDC. In 2004, NCDC established two separate Awards for Distinguished Service: The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service, and the Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service. The purpose of separating these awards is to acknowledge the distinct ways both nonprofit members and corporate members serve NCDC. The criteria for both awards are the same, but the differentiating factor is the type of membership that can receive the award (either Corporate Partner or Active/Associate member.)

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The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service, named for George T. Holloway’s legacy, is granted to Corporate Partners of NCDC.

Criteria for the award:

  • A minimum of ten years of service in Catholic fundraising.
  • A minimum of seven years of membership in NCDC.
  • Evidence of research, writing, or public representation of the fundraising profession.
  • Tireless and devoted service to the Catholic philanthropic community.

The Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service, in recognition for Bishop Robert F. Morneau, will be granted to our Active or Associate NCDC members. Bishop Morneau, NCDC Episcopal Advisor, was the first recipient of this award. The award recognized his twenty-fifth anniversary of Episcopal ordination, outstanding contribution to NCDC, and the entire Catholic community through his commitment to stewardship.

The Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service is a plaque with a bronze sculpture depicting Jesus washing the feet of the disciples, the universal Christian symbol of service.

Criteria for the award:

  • A minimum of ten years of service in Catholic fundraising.
  • A minimum of seven years of membership in NCDC.
  • Evidence of research, writing, or public representation of the fundraising profession.
  • Tireless and devoted service to his/her religious or charitable institution.

The Board of Directors, through an elective process, selects the recipients of both the George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service and the Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service, by majority vote. These awards are presented at a ceremony at the Annual Conference and Exposition.

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History of Distinguished Service Award Recipients

2017 

Dennis Meyer, CFRE and Bonnie O’Neill Meyer, CFRE (The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service)
Meyer Partners
Chicago, IL
Patricia Regan, CFRE (Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service)
Trinity Missions
Silver Spring, MD

2016

Chris Ragusa, CFRE (The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service)
Estee Marketing Group
New Rochelle, NYFr. Robert Colaresi, O. Carm. (Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service)
Society of the Little Flower
Darien, IL

2015

Jeffrey A. Cull (The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service)
Cull Martin and Associates
Vestal, NYMark Melia (Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service)
Catholic Relief Services
Baltimore, MD

2014

Lynn Edmonds (The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service)
Robbins Kersten Direct
Holliston, MA

Francis Bourdon (Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service)
Association of Marian Helpers
Stockbridge, MA

2013

Jack Doyle (The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service)
Amergent
Peabody, MA

William Hurley, CFRE
Sisters of Charity of New York
Bronx, NY 

2012

Larry May, CFRE
InfoGroup Nonprofit (The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service)
Greenwich, CT

Frances MacAllister, CFRE (Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service)
Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God
Westville, NJ 

2011

Geoffrey W. Peters (The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service)
CDR Fundraising Group
Bowie, MD

Fr. Charles F. Shelby, C.M (Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service)
DePaul University
Chicago, IL

2010

Raymond P. Coughlin (The Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service)
Archdiocese of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Sr. Madeline Franze, SSJ, CFRE (The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service)
Development Consultants, Sisters of St. Joseph
Philadelphia, PA

2009

Sr. Ladonna Kassmeyer, OSF (The Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service)
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
La Crosse, WI

Eddie Bauer (The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service)
The Bauer Group, LLC
New Albany, IN

2008

Richard L. Heist, CFRE (The Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service)
Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity
Lackawanna, NY

2007

Philip Converse, LL.B. (The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service)
The Converse Group
Memphis, TNSister Peggy Scarano, O.P. (The Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service)
Dominican Sisters of Sparkill
Sparkill, NY

2006

Donald M. Kuhn (The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service)
May Development Services
*Awarded Posthumously

Rachel Brennan (Retired) (The Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service)
The Jesuits – Detroit Province
Detroit, MI

2005

Leslie Biggins-Mollsen (The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service)
American City Bureau
South Barrington, IL

Rev. Joseph Hertel, OFM (The Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service)
The Franciscans/St. Anthony’s Guild
East Rutherford, NJ

2004

Bruce Sawyer (The George T. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service)
Barton-Cotton, Inc.
Baltimore, MD

Most Rev. Robert F. Morneau, D.D. (The Bishop Robert F. Morneau Award for Distinguished Service)
Diocese of Green Bay (Auxiliary Bishop)
Green Bay, WI

2003

John Spring
Quincy Notre Dame High School
Quincy, Illinois

2001-2002

Sister Joann Boneski, O.P.
Dominican Sisters of Hope
Newburgh, NY

2000

Peter A. Eltink (Retired)
Society of the Divine Savior
New Holstein, WI

William A. Begley (Retired)
Christian Appalachian Project
Lancaster, KY

1999

George T. Holloway (Retired)
National Catholic Development
Conference
Hempstead, NY

1998

Reverend James J. Close
Mercy Homes for Boys and Girls
Chicago, IL

1997

Most Rev. Thomas J. Murphy, STD
Archbishop of Seattle
Seattle, WA

Madeline Bonnici
Franciscan Mission Associates
Mount Vernon, NY

1996

Reverend Msgr. Robert C. Wurtz, P.A.
Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity
Lackawanna, NY

1995

Roger Courts
Sacred Heart League and Southern Missions
Walls, MSReverend Emmett Hoffmann
St. Labre Indian School
Educational Association
Ashland, MT

1994

Alexander Burak
Mission of Our Lady of Mercy
Chicago, IL

1993

Brother Francisco Meyer, OFM
Mission of Our Lady of Mercy
Chicago, IL

1992

Sister Bernadette Kalscheur, SSSF
School Sisters of St. Francis
Milwaukee, WI

1991

Reverend Robert P. Cawley, C.M.
The Central Association
of the Miraculous Medal
Philadelphia, PA

Gerald S. Kehoe
Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity
Lackawanna, NY

1990

Reverend Cecil Nally, OFM, Cap.
Seraphic Mass Association
Pittsburgh, PA

1989

Commissioner Andrew S. Miller
The Salvation Army
Verona, NJ

1988

Charles Roth
Diocese of Des Moines
Des Moines, IA

1987

Sister Mary Ester McCann, CSJ
Freeman Hospitals Foundation
Inglewood, CA

1986

Brother Joseph V. Finnegan, FSC
LaSalle Military Academy
Oakdale, NY

Sister Francis Xavier, GNSH
Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart
Yardley, PA

1985

Reverend Bernard Dazzi, OFM
Franciscan Mission Associates
Mount Vernon, NY

William McGuire
Development Direction, Inc.
Mineola, NY

1984

Charles J. McNeill
Catholic Lists, Inc.
Mount Vernon, NY

Brother James McPike, S.T.
Missionary Servants of the Most
Holy Trinity
Silver Spring, MD

1983

Reverend Gregory Bezy, SCJ
Sacred Heart League and Southern
Missions
Walls, MS

1982

Most Reverend John L. May, D.D.
Archdiocese of St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

Sister M. Joleen Huelsmann, SSND
Notre Dame Mission Crusade
St. Louis, MO

1981

Reverend Edwin Dill, S.T.
Trinity Missions
Silver Spring, MD

1980

William J. Lang
Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity
Lackawanna, NY

1979

Norman S. Carroll
Holy Ghost Fathers
Wheaton, MD

Wilmer F. Wolf
Society of the Divine Savior
New Holstein, WI

1978

Reverend Ulmer Kuhn, OFM
The Franciscans
Cincinnati, OH

James F. Kane
James F. Kane and Company, Inc.
Mount Vernon, NY

1977

Reverend Joseph A. Cusack
Catholic Church Extension Society
Chicago, IL

Reverend Joseph A. McCoy, S.M.
The Marianist Mission
Dayton, OH

1976

Reverend Edward J. Gorry, CSP
Paulist Development Office
New York, NY

1975

Reverend John Furniss, S.J.
Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau, Inc.
New York, NY

1974

Reverend Linus Merz, SCJ
Priests of the Sacred Heart
Hales Corners, WI

1973

Reverend Frederick McGuire, C.M.
Center for Applied Research in
The Apostolate (CARA)
Washington, DC

1972

Reverend Cullen Deckert, OMI
Missionary Association of Mary
Immaculate
San Antonio, TX

1971

Reverend Gilbert Hay, S.T.
Trinity Missions
Silver Spring, MD

1970

Reverend Edwin Guild, OMI
Our Lady of the Snows Shrine
Belleville, IL

1969

Sister Mary Gertrude, SSND
Notre Dame Mission Crusade
St. Louis, MO

1968

Rt. Rev. Monsignor Joseph M. McPherson
Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity
Lackawanna, NY