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Simply outstanding philanthropists

Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison

Dedicated philanthropists who support the University of Minnesota through the Minnesota Medical Foundation received well-deserved recognition from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) last fall.

Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison, named Outstanding Individual Philanthropists, have been longtime supporters of and volunteers in the areas of children’s health at the University and the arts in the Twin Cities. They helped to found the University Pediatrics Foundation and have played important roles in raising more than $68 million for the University’s Department of Pediatrics since 1989. Among their many contributions, they established a $1 million challenge fund to support the University’s Autism Spectrum Disorders Initiative in 2007.

John and Nancy Lindahl

For nearly three decades, John and Nancy Lindahl, recognized by AFP as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers, have been pillars of the Twin Cities’ philanthropic community. For the last three years, they served as volunteer cochairs of the University of Minnesota’s on-campus football stadium campaign. Committed advocates of childhood cancer research and education, the Lindahls also support the University Pediatrics Foundation through WineFest, an annual spring gala that benefits children’s health research, education, and care at the University.

Former MMF employee Rosemary Gruber—who was director of development for the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota from August 1999 to January 2008—was named AFP’s Outstanding Professional Fundraiser in recognition of her successful 20-year career in the field.

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