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Association of Fundraising Professionals to Recognize Philadelphia Orchestra Chairman Richard B. Worley with Lifetime Achievement Award

October 26, 2018

(Philadelphia, October 26, 2018)––On Friday, November 16, 2018, Richard B. Worley, chairman of the Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, will be honored with the Association of Fundraising Professionals’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He will accept the Award during the National Philanthropy Day Awards Gala Breakfast, hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-GPC).

AFP-GPC aims to enhance the philanthropic effectiveness of the Greater Philadelphia community by promoting ethical practices, professional development, education, communication, leadership, and service. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual with a proven lifetime record of exceptional generosity who demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility while also encouraging others to assume philanthropic leadership roles in the community.

“This is an important and well-deserved honor for Rich, who has been an extraordinary leader and tireless champion of The Philadelphia Orchestra over the past decade,” said Orchestra President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky. “Through his transformational support, integrity, and advocacy, he has led by example and motivated others in our community to help ensure the organization’s vitality. I am personally very grateful for his partnership as we chart an exciting course for the Orchestra’s future.”

Worley has served as chairman of the Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association since 2009 and as a member of the Board since 2005. During this time, the Orchestra has secured extraordinary executive and artistic leadership and achieved financial stability. In particular, under Worley’s leadership, the Orchestra hired acclaimed Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, successfully raised $75 million for a Transformation Fund, launched an endowment campaign, and adopted a five-year strategic plan. Recently, for the ninth consecutive year, the Orchestra ended its 2018 fiscal year with a balanced budget.  

In addition to his role as Board chairman, Worley is managing partner of Permit Capital LLC, which he founded in 2002. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Neuberger Berman, a member of the American Philosophical Society, a director at Philadelphia Media Network, and a director at Two River Theater. He is a former trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine, and the National Constitution Center. He also previously served as a director of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Independence Seaport Museum, and the mutual funds board of Putnam Investments.

Worley will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at AFP-GPC’s National Philanthropy Day event on November 16, 2018, at 8:00 AM at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. More information and tickets: http://afpgpc.org/NPD_2018.


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