Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising Presented to an outstanding fundraising executive who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to the fundraising profession and philanthropic community. Recipients must have at least 20 years of fundraising experience. Presented at the VIP Reception the evening prior to the National Philanthropy Day virtual event.

Winner ~  Mary C. Fischer
Nominated By ~  Bethesda Foundation

Mary C. Fischer, CFRE, has made a significant impact in the Cincinnati community through her outstanding work in philanthropy. A Cincinnati area native and a dedicated fundraiser with three decades of experience, Mary has worked tirelessly to help those in need through her fundraising and volunteer efforts. Mary has worked on numerous campaigns and fundraising projects for Bethesda Foundation where her skills as a fundraiser have helped to raise more than 25 million dollars in support of Bethesda North Hospital, Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside, A Center for Grieving Children.

Mary has a passion for service to others through her fundraising and volunteer work. She has served as President of the Springfield Council of the National Committee on Planned Giving, a member of the Kiwanis Club in Springfield, the Rotary Club in Blue Ash and served as a board member for the Ohio Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (OAHP) for many years. She was also a board member for Xtraordinary Women Inc., a Cincinnati non-profit that provided support for underserved women in the community. Since 2005, she has been a volunteer for Tender Mercies, preparing and delivering meals to support homeless adults with mental illness.

Mary is an exceptional fundraiser who, throughout her career, has continually demonstrated her love of and dedication to the profession of fundraising.