GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Piedmont Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals named the Upstate’s 2015 Philanthropist and Volunteer of the Year at today’s National Philanthropy Day celebration.
Elaine T. Freeman has been named the 2015 Philanthropist of the Year. She is the founder of the ETV Endowment of South Carolina, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which supports the programming of South Carolina ETV and South Carolina Public Radio. She remained its Founding Executive Director for 31 years. With the support of the Endowment and Freeman’s leadership, South Carolina ETV became a respected leader on the national public broadcasting scene. Freeman also served as Executive Producer of SC Public Radio’s national series, Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz – NPR’s longest running cultural series, and as Co-Executive Producer of ETV’s television series, South Carolinians in WWII and Man and Moment, the latter of which has been shown on PBS stations nationwide.
Her other voluntary endeavors have included trusteeship of Brookgreen Gardens, Presbyterian College, the Spartanburg County Foundation, the Spartanburg Day School and founding directorship and capital campaign chair for Spartanburg County’s Charles Lea Center. She has also served as chair of the Humanities Council, as director of the Federation of State Humanities Councils and director and treasurer of the Association of Junior Leagues. She was a trainer in board volunteerism for the National Center for Voluntary Action.
Jean Shew has been named the 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Shew is the founder of the Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands’ annual Powerful Women Summit, now in its eighth year, which has served over 1,000 girls across the 22-county council. She has advised countless Girl Scouts through their process of earning the Gold Award, the highest leadership award for Girl Scouts in grades 10-12. She has served on many strategic Board committees and was elected as a national Girl Scout delegate.
She is also an active volunteer at Greenville Technical Charter High School, where she led the Entech 281 Robotics Team to two national championship events. She works with the Students in Action group, which is currently working to have students across the state certified in CPR and First Aid.
About the Association of Fundraising Professionals Piedmont Chapter: We are committed to supporting development professionals throughout the Upstate region of South Carolina. Our chapter has over 100 active members, who serve as development directors, fundraising consultants, grant writers, volunteer fundraisers, foundation executives, and other individuals dedicated to fundraising and philanthropy.