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Verbatim: Blue Jacket chairman receives Stewardship honor

Statement issued Tuesday:

David Gutting, President of the Board of Directors of Blue Jacket, was awarded the Carl D. Rolfsen Stewardship Award at an event held Tuesday at the Memorial Coliseum attended by more than 200 local leaders. He was among nominees from 37 nonprofits recognized for their board leadership on behalf of local nonprofit organizations.

With the turbulence in our national and local economies, the pressure on nonprofit organizations increases and the need for top leadership talent has never been more important. These volunteer leaders were honored for their excellence in leadership in this vital sector of Allen County.

According to the nomination from Blue Jacket, “David Gutting uniquely reflects the qualities of a servant leader for Blue Jacket, exhibiting unmatched stamina assisting in the creation of an innovative nonprofit with a difficult mission.

"During his seven years of board membership, three of those as Board Chair, he has been instrumental in transforming the board, with an eye for planning, board governance, and fiduciary stewardship. David’s skills in accounting and business management provided oversight to a young organization, identifying and posing solutions for major challenges.”

Blue Jacket was created to help reduce crime in Allen County by training and transitionally hiring adult ex-offenders. Blue Jacket provides ex-offenders with the tools and opportunities to be productive members of society. Blue Jacket helps those ex-offenders who want to earn their way to a second chance at life.

This is the fifth year that the Foellinger Foundation has hosted the event to spotlight the exemplary work of volunteers who devote themselves to local nonprofits.

“The award program has gained national attention for recognizing nonprofit leaders who volunteer their time and talent to lead organizations that greatly enhance our quality of life in Allen County,” said Cheryl Taylor, Foellinger Foundation President. “We do this to showcase good people doing the right things and to encourage further excellence in nonprofit leadership. During difficult times, strong leadership becomes even more important. Leaders who demonstrate the will and the ability to take on the challenge of fulfilling these organizations’ missions and provide for their sustainability are prized assets for the Allen County community.”

The Rolfsen award brings with it a $10,000 grant to Blue Jacket for operating support, plus a $7,500 grant for board governance training.

All of the nominated volunteer leaders have served on the boards of area nonprofit organizations. They were nominated by their peers for the Carl D. Rolfsen Stewardship Award.

The annual award is named for Carl D. Rolfsen, who served on the Foellinger Foundation Board of Directors for 25 years, retiring from the board in 2005. He continues to serve on the Foundation’s Investment & Finance Committee. Organizations had the opportunity to nominate a board member who exemplifies at least three of the Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, identified by BoardSource. BoardSource is a national organization that supports nonprofits by seeking to strengthen their boards of directors.

About the Foellinger Foundation:

The Foellinger Foundation, Inc. is a private charitable foundation created in 1958 by Helene R. Foellinger, The News-Sentinel publisher from 1936 to 1980, and Esther A. Foellinger, her mother.

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