HFCC Foundation names Fava its Distinguished Volunteer

Photo courtesy of Henry Ford Community College


Karl Fava (center), longtime director with the HFCC Foundation Board, was honored November 16 as the Foundation’s 2011 Distinguished Volunteer. The occasion was the National Philanthropy Day Banquet and joining Karl at the occasion were (from left): Foundation Vice Chair Judy Costigan; Immediate Past Chair Millie Elston; Jim Doyle; Secretary Denise McDonald; and Director John McDonald. Fava is the third recipient of a Distinguished Volunteer Award from HFCC – the 2009 recipient was Gary Kuhlmann and the 2010 recipient was the Adray Family.

DEARBORN — Karl Fava of Dearborn is the Henry Ford Community College Foundation’s Distinguished Volunteer for 2011.

This designation was part of HFCC’s participation in the November 16 National Philanthropy Day Banquet, during which Fava was honored, along with other distinguished volunteers from southeastern Michigan nonprofit organizations.

Fava has been a member of the HFCC Foundation Board of Directors since 1998. He has served as chairman for a two-year term and headed up the foundation’s Executive, Nominating and Finance committees.

“Karl has been an outstanding foundation director,” foundation Executive Director John Lewandowski said. “In addition to his committee work, he has played an important role in obtaining several major contributions for HFCC, most recently for the Science Center Campaign.”

Fava is founder, owner and president of Business Financial Consultants Inc., a Dearborn firm specializing in financial, tax, valuation and management of closely held businesses and their owners. A certified public accountant, his previous experience includes working for KMPG Peat Marwick and Deloitte & Touche public accounting firms.

He resides in Dearborn with his wife, Doreen, and their two daughters.

Fava follows in the footsteps of previous HFCC Foundation Distinguished Volunteers Gary Kuhlmann (2009) and the Adray family (2010).

The HFCC Foundation was established in 1982 to raise and acceptable charitable support for the college and during the ensuing 29 years has raised nearly $14 million for scholarships, buildings and technology and new academic programs and initiatives.

Held each year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter, the NPD Banquet is the largest gathering of nonprofit staff and volunteers in the area. This year’s event took place Nov. 17 at the Detroit Marriot for advocates, leaders, and mentors whose passion for their respective causes inspire philanthropic action and community involvement in southeast Michigan.

NPD is observed by more than 200 AFP Chapters across the country to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy and those people active in the philanthropic community.

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