John Wanda Recognized by Fundraising Success as a Fundraiser of the Year
Arlington, Va. – February 19, 2013 – Chapman Cubine Adams + Hussey (CCAH), a full-service direct marketing firm serving global nonprofit organizations, today announced that Fundraising Success magazine has recognized principal and vice president of finance John Wanda with one of two “Live It” awards. Part of Fundraising Success’ Fundraiser of the Year award program, the “Live It” award honors fundraisers who embody the spirit of giving in their lives as well as their work.
Wanda was recognized for his contributions to the Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH), in addition to other local and global philanthropic outreach. A native of Uganda, Wanda and his wife founded AAH in 2004 to give back to their home country and provide the children of Uganda with a basic education. In eight short years, AAH has grown from 80 to 350 students and is the only school in the district that provides lunch, school supplies and a uniform, serving as a model for other schools in the village. AAH’s impact on the village extends beyond the classroom to provide health care and economic development to the entire region through partnerships with organizations such as TOMS Shoes and the Women’s Micro-Finance Initiative.
“The CCAH family is incredibly proud of John’s distinction as a ‘Live It’ honoree for his dedication to giving back to the local and global community,” said Kim Cubine, president of CCAH. “John shares in CCAH’s drive to make a difference in the world, and he serves as an inspiration to our entire team through his dedication to AAH and other organizations. We would all like to congratulate him on this honor.”
The “Live It” award is the latest recognition for Wanda’s philanthropic outreach. In late 2012, he was honored by the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda for Outstanding Service to the Country of Uganda, as well as named a 2012 District Citizen of the Year by the Rotary District 7610, a regional Rotary Foundation chapter serving Northern and Central Virginia.
“I am so honored to be recognized with the ‘Live It’ award,” says Wanda. “My work with the Arlington Academy of Hope is as much a gesture of giving back as it is setting new aspirations for children who have few. It is important that they know success is not reserved just for those born into privilege, and through hard work, they can reach new goals and achieve their dreams. We are grateful to all of those who have supported our mission, particularly the entire CCAH team.”