Roger and Carolyn Friedlander Honored as Outstanding Philanthropists

Nominated by University of Rochester School of Nursing and Hillside Family of Agencies

November 15, 2010

Roger and Carolyn Friedlander

Roger and Carolyn Friedlander, who share an exceptional history of charitable support to the University of Rochester and the Rochester community, recently were presented with the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Genesee Valley Chapter.

The Brighton residents were co-nominated for the distinction by the UR School of Nursing and Hillside Family of Agencies, two organizations with which they share particularly strong relationships. Presented November 5 at the AFP National Philanthropy Day lunch at the Riverside Convention Center, the award paid special honor to the Friedlanders for inspiring philanthropic leadership in others through their civic involvement and financial generosity.

“Carolyn and Roger’s unwavering commitment to health care and education has benefited vital programs, scholarships, facilities and resources within our school and the University,” said University of Rochester School of Nursing Dean Kathy P. Parker, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. “Moreover, their three decades of generosity and involvement has tangibly benefited the individual lives of countless medical and nursing students, families, at-risk children and others throughout the Rochester community. We could not be more pleased to see them receive this very fitting honor.”

Roger and Carolyn’s relationship with the University began when they were students in the 1950’s and 60’s. Over the last 34 years, their many gifts to UR have totaled $2.7 million, largely in the form of ongoing nursing and medical scholarships. Most recently, Roger pledged a $200,000 challenge gift for the renovation of the Eastman Theatre, which inspired many others to follow suit. They are charter members of the George Eastman Circle, which is the University’s leadership annual giving society.

Carolyn was one of the first to complete the Nurse Practitioner program at the UR School of Nursing in 1968. Inspired by her own experience as a pediatric nurse practitioner for more than 25 years, she has consistently provided scholarships to support the continuing development and education of nurse practitioners within the School of Nursing and Hillside Family of Agencies. The Friedlander Nursing Scholarship provides financial support to R.N.’s and R.N.P.’s who are employed by Hillside and seeking advanced practice degrees in child and adolescent health at the UR School of Nursing.

Roger, a 1956 UR graduate, gave his first major gift to create the Roger B. Friedlander Lobby in the Rush Rhees Library. Together, he and Carolyn also funded the refurbishment of the Welles Brown Room and the lobby in 1999. In 2007, they established the Elizabeth McAnarney, M.D. Scholarship Fund for medical students, in honor of the former chair of Pediatrics, and over the years have supported the Kornberg Research Laboratory at the UR Medical Center.

Roger currently chairs the UR School of Nursing National Council, the highest volunteer board of the school, of which Carolyn is also a member. He is also a UR voting trustee, a Golisano Children’s Hospital trustee, and current member of the UR Simon School, Eastman Institute of Oral Health Foundation, and Strong Partners Health System Boards. He serves on the executive committee of the Friends of UR Libraries, is past chair and board member of the UR Medical Board and former board member for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Carolyn is a past member of the UR School of Nursing Dean’s Advisory Council, is a docent of the Memorial Art Gallery, and a long-time member, and former chair, of the Memorial Art Gallery’s Board of Managers.

Beyond UR, the couple’s contributions to Hillside Family of Agencies include providing vital strategic insight and service development through the couple’s many years of board leadership, membership and committee involvements. Carolyn is a past Hillside Board member and chair. Roger is secretary on the Board of Governors. Both are key volunteers and advisers to the organization, championing the needs of children and helping the organization thrive and excel. Their contributions also include major gifts to Hillside’s annual campaign and membership in Hillside’s Pinnacle Society.

Additionally, Carolyn is also involved with the Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) and has coordinated the Vision Care for Kids Program, providing vision care and glasses to children lacking health insurance. The couple’s other involvements include Equicenter, Sojourner House, the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, Garth Fagan Dance and a variety of international relief agencies.

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