NAI Global Executives

NAI Martens’ Steve Martens Named Philanthropist of the Year

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) designates November 15 as “National Philanthropy Day” as a way to acknowledge the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community.

“Deeply rooted local business leadership often goes hand-in-hand with philanthropy, and can have a profoundly positive impact on society,” said Jay Olshonsky, President, NAI Global.

Steve Martens, CEO, NAI Martens, was named this year’s Outstanding Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Wichita Chapter. Steve’s record of exceptional generosity, civic responsibility and the impact he’s made on his community through financial support were noted when the award was presented at a luncheon November 12.

Through his participation with human service organizations, local government, education, and economic development activities, he is committed to improving the quality of life in Wichita and surrounding communities. He is involved with: United Way of the Plains, serving as a campaign chair and later as a board chair; board member and past chair of the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center; Exploration Place; Wichita/Sedgwick County Task Force to End Chronic Homelessness, the founding chair of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition; University of Kansas 4-Wichita Advancement Board and United Methodist Open Door.

The AFP recognized Steve as a role model to his employees, demonstrating that community service is not just a necessity, but a privilege. He cares about the community organizations his employees are passionate about and weaves those causes into his yearly planning. Steve is a leader whose actions really do speak louder than his words.

“Congratulations to Steve. We are proud that his philanthropic leadership has been recognized with this award,” said Jay.

Thank you to NAI Martens for sharing the good news with us! Please remember to let know when your people or organization receive a special honor or recognition that we can communicate with other NAI Members.