Reed is the recipient of the 14th annual EarthShare Earl Blauner Award
Washington, D.C., June 3, 2016 – EarthShare is pleased to announce that its annual Earl Blauner Award for Outstanding Contributions to EarthShare and Environmental Workplace Giving has been awarded to longtime board member and supporter, Marci B. Reed, CFRE, MPA, of Southface Energy Institute. The annual award, now in its 14th year, was created in honor of the founder of EarthShare, Earl Blauner, who first established the organization as the Environmental Federation of America in mid-1988 to build support for the environmental movement.
EarthShare is America’s oldest and largest environmental and conservation coalition, and has raised more than $300 million for hundreds of U.S. organizations that protect and preserve our air, land, water, wildlife, and health. Throughout its history, EarthShare has built bridges between causes and business by offering effective ways to understand and support vital environmental programs. Critical to this success are leaders such as Reed, who have committed considerable time and expertise to EarthShare and the cause of broadening opportunities for people and workplaces to connect with environmental causes.
“We are lucky Marci has chosen to apply her myriad skills and assets to our organization,” said Mark Carlson, chairman of EarthShare’s national board of directors. “EarthShare is undoubtedly better because of her attention and energy. The environment as a whole is better because of her passion and leadership.”
In addition to her previous service as EarthShare’s board chair, and her current service as Treasurer on EarthShare’s national board of directors and as co-chair of the EarthShare Georgia Advisory Council, Reed played a crucial role in helping the organization identify the new leadership needed to ensure success at a pivotal time in its history.
“Time and time again, Marci has stepped up to provide leadership and support for EarthShare,” said Deb Furry, former interim CEO at EarthShare and a current national board director. “Most recently, as chair of the Search Committee, she played a critical role in helping us understand the skills and expertise EarthShare required in its new CEO, and worked closely with the team to identify the right person.”
Reed, the current Chief Development and Communications Officer for Southface Energy Institute, an organization committed to promoting sustainable homes, workplaces, and communities in Georgia, additionally established an EarthShare Fellowship fund within the Architecture Foundation of Georgia (AFGA) in 2014. The fellowship supports graduate students studying sustainable design and construction within the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), furthering the school’s ability to educate future leaders in sustainable design.
Reed has spent the last 20 years as a fundraising and management executive in the nonprofit sector. Today she oversees fundraising and communications, strategic partnerships, and key management initiatives for Southface. She was the institute’s first director of development and communications from 2000-2006. Reed previously served as Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects, Georgia Association, and has been a Vice President of Development in the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
About EarthShare: For 30 years, EarthShare has supported nearly 600 of America’s most respected environmental and conservation organizations through the original crowdfunding – workplace giving. Today EarthShare is a strategic advisor and programmatic partner to the business sector, executing dynamic engagement and philanthropy programs focused on creating the tangible impact needed to ensure a flourishing future.
About Southface: Southface is the Southeast's nonprofit leader in the promotion of sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance.