National Philanthropy Day Honorees — 2018

Congratulations and thanks to our 2018 honorees!


Federated Insurance Company

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

Federated Mutual Insurance

The future of Minnesota youth. This is what inspires the Federated Insurance Company and their efforts to make a difference in our community through the power of youth mentoring. As a result of their philanthropic support, nearly 4,000 Minnesota youth have enjoyed life-changing mentorship opportunities, participated in meaningful activities that would normally be out of reach, and graduated better prepared for their bright futures.

In 2004 Federated Insurance Company created the Federated Challenge Dinner & Auction and Golf Outing as a way to support and raise awareness for youth mentoring. Over the past 14 years, the challenge has brought together thousands of individuals and corporations, raising almost $35 million to support youth programs for the Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in the Twin Cities, Central (St. Cloud), Southern Minnesota (Owatonna) and most recently Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

This event not only benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters, it helps endow the Federated Challenge Scholarship which offers participants in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs the opportunity to attend two-year training programs, technical, vocational, or trade schools. The scholarships play a vital role in preparing youth for college and careers while also addressing Minnesota’s need for a more technical and career-ready workforce.

Employees at Federated Insurance are also actively involved in volunteering and in the company’s philanthropic efforts. Many have participated with Big Brother Big Sister as current or former volunteer mentors and more than 100 employees have a role in planning and participating in the challenge each year. Additionally, over the last 10 years Federated employees from across the country have donated more than $2.7 million to their local United Way organizations.

Federated Insurance’s generosity extends beyond Big Brothers Big Sisters to touch the lives of many others in Minnesota. Other philanthropic benefactors include: University of Minnesota, United Way, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Minnesotans Military Appreciation Fund, American Red Cross, Steele County Food Shelf, Owatonna Foundation, MENTOR MN, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research.

Jennie Hsiao

Outstanding Philanthropist

Jenny Hsiao

Jennie Hsiao has been an active and recognized leader in Minnesota’s Chinese-American community for more than 60 years.  She is described as a shining example of generosity, honesty, initiative, leadership, and dedicated involvement in the causes she cares deeply about.  A native of Hunan Province, she came to Minnesota in 1958 to marry Feng “Fred” Hsiao, who co-founded Shaw-Lundquist Associates, Inc., the largest minority-owned construction firm in the Midwest, where until recently, Jennie served as a director.

Like many Chinese-Americans, Jennie’s early giving reflected her desire to enhance the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture – first for her American-raised children and then for her community.

Jennie has broadened her passion for philanthropy through many gifts to a diverse group of Chinese-American cultural and social organizations to enhance understanding of Chinese culture.  She has also been generous of her time in support of the University of Minnesota, promoting the Chinese garden and the many wonderful programs offered to students and the public about Chinese language, culture, and society.

Jennie has been a generous donor to the University of Minnesota, including the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, China Center, Confucius Institute, and Gopher Athletics. Jennie provided the lead gift for a Chinese Garden at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  In 2001, she and Fred established the Hsiao Scholarship and in 2005 the Hsiao-Shaw Lundquist Fellowship at the China Center, benefiting more than 100 students to date.

Jennie’s passionate support for students through the scholarships she and Fred established has since inspired other scholarships through Minnesota China Center from donors in the Chinese-American, University, and Minnesota communities.

Patty and Dave Murphy

Outstanding Individual Philanthropists

The Murphys


Our 2018 Outstanding Individual Philanthropists Patty and David Murphy’s exemplary leadership arises from a heart-centered belief that we must all take care of one another. For more than three decades, their leadership and generosity have resulted in millions of dollars raised to transform the lives of children and families, and to strengthen the missions of schools, arts and cultural organizations, and healthcare systems. They approach their work with humility and give generously of their time and talents. Patty and David lead with their personal philanthropy, contributing leadership level gifts to organizations they care deeply about which sets the pace for others to join them in investing in causes they serve.

For more than 35 years, Patty’s civic involvement has been her work, her craft, and her passion. Known for her charismatic leadership, Patty currently serves as a Board Member of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) where she currently lends her philanthropic leadership as the Chair of a $35 million dollar investment campaign to strengthen the reach of NAZ’s programs and services engaging students and families in North Minneapolis. As a former Board Chair, Board Member, and recent Co-Chair of the MacPhail 6.0, $6 million dollar campaign, Patty has been instrumental in extending musical education to students across the State of Minnesota. Other current board service includes: Breck School Board of Trustees, Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery (Board Member Emerita, past Board Chair and 25th Anniversary Campaign Chair) and The Minneapolis Foundation. Patty’s past involvement includes board service and support of: Camp Dudley-YMCA, Colonial Church of Edina, Junior League of Minneapolis; and University of Minnesota Women’s Health Fund among others.

As David grew up watching his grandfather and father in business and volunteer leadership roles, he learned the value of leadership driven by a strong moral compass and commitment to the organizations in which one serves. That has been the guiding principle for his professional life and his volunteerism ever since. In his professional life, David spent 23 years in increasingly responsible positions at General Mills; 15 years as President and CEO of the Red Wing Shoe Company and Interim CEO of Fairview Health Services for nearly two years. David believes that the cornerstone of any successful company or organization is inspired leadership and strong governance.

Early in his career, David became an active community supporter, working with Junior Achievement, chairing the Twin Cities American Cancer Society annual fund drive and as a leader in the General Mills United Way campaign. He has served on the boards of Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the Red Wing YMCA, Every Hand Joined (the Red Wing Strive affiliate) Fairview Red Wing (Board Chair) and Colonial Church Foundation (Board Chair) and Fairview Health Services Board (Board Chair). Currently, he is a board member and Chair of Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media Group.

It is Patty and David Murphy’s heart-centered belief that “we must all take care of each other.” From this belief springs their exemplary leadership and their past, current, and future contributions of time, expertise and generosity- providing inspiration and immeasurable returns to our community and to all Minnesotans.

Bill and Teri Popp

Outstanding Individual Philanthropists

Bill and Teri Popp


As 2018 Outstanding Philanthropists, Bill and Teri Popp spend a great deal of time and energy building a culture of philanthropy in Minnesota. Bill is founder and President of the Golden Valley, Minnesota-based voice, internet, and data communications company POPP Communications. Since retiring from her career as an attorney, Teri has dedicated herself to volunteer leadership and philanthropic efforts. Together, Bill and Teri partner with people and organizations to leverage their contributions and efforts. Their hope is to positively impact every person who touches their lives.

Bill and Teri are known to many in the Twin Cities metro area as philanthropic treasures. Perhaps one of their most impressive recent fundraising efforts is their chairing of the Minnesota Military Family Tribute at the State Capital. The two chaired the campaign to raise more than $1.3 million to honor Minnesota military families. Not only did they give generously to support the creation of the memorial, but they tirelessly sought support from other community members to ensure Minnesota’s military families had a permanent memorial for their selfless efforts for our country. Teri was also critical in developing the design of the memorial, which honors service men and women from each county in Minnesota. At Fairview Southdale Hospital, the Popp’s made one of the largest gifts during a recent capital campaign to fund the Popp Chronic Care and Observation Unit which now bears their name.

Bill and Teri don’t just give financial support; they are hands on and enthusiastic about raising money for causes close to their hearts. They have served on countless boards and chaired dozens of nonprofit fundraising events. Teri currently serves on the boards of the Fairview Foundation, Fraser, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Previously, she has served on the boards of the Minnesota Orchestra, Courage Center, Hamline and, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, to name just a few. Bill currently serves on the boards of Boy Scouts of America Northern Star Council, and the Minnesota Military Family Foundation. Previously, he has served on the boards of Junior Achievement and the 11 Who Care Board of Governors. He has also served as the United Way Campaign Director for Golden Valley.

Mort Naiman

Outstanding Professional Fundraiser

Mort Naiman


Our 2018 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Mort Naiman has established and strengthened hundreds of transformational relationships in his career, which has resulted in more than $100 million dollars raised. He has cultivated these relationships by involving supporters in hands-on leadership opportunities that not only allow them to witness an organization’s mission, but truly own it.

Mort joined The Jewish Agency for Israel after serving in the Minneapolis Jewish Federation for 20 years as the Annual Campaign Director and then as the Executive Director of the Federation’s Community Foundation. Prior to joining the Minneapolis Federation, Mort was in New York City serving as National Major Gifts Director for the Jewish National Fund and then as its interim National Campaign Director.

Mort’s personal belief that one cannot ask others to support a cause if they haven’t themselves given to the best of their ability has made him and his wife, Micki, generous supporters of the organizations he has served. Additionally, Mort is currently on the board of trustees for the Heilicher Jewish Day School and Temple of Israel Foundation. Previously, he has served as chair of the board for Children of Holocaust Survivors and as a board member for Red Cross Tracing Center.  As nominator Christopher Mayr from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota shared, “Mort is a trusted advisor, aligning organizations’ priorities with the benefactors’ philanthropic passions to achieve harmonic convergence thus resulting in the benefactors experiencing the joy of giving.”

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