Simpsons Honored on National Philanthropy Day

CCA trustee Barclay Simpson and his wife Sharon Hanley Simpson will receive the Outstanding Philanthropist Award at the 2004 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon in San Francisco on November 15. The award, given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, pays tribute to an exceptional individual donor who generously provides a lead gift or substantially assists a nonprofit organization.

A member of the board of trustees since 1986, Barclay has served in several leadership positions, including development committee chair for six years. During that time, he increased contributions significantly, brought on new trustees and new donors, and made leadership gifts that set the stage for the college's expansion in the late 1990s.

Barclay and Sharon have given generously to the college over the years to support a variety of projects. In 1998, the Simpsons' gift built the Sharon Hanley Simpson Library, a critical part of the San Francisco campus. The Simpson Library—much larger and better equipped than the previous facility—enabled a dramatic expansion in academic resources, including strategic growth in the library collection. The Simpson name also graces the award-winning sculpture facility in Oakland, which was completed in 1993. The couple have also been generous supporters of the Center for Art and Public Life.

CCA president Michael Roth commented, "The magnitude of the Simpsons' support for the college is only surpassed by their leadership and their caring as donors. They are gracious and unassuming patrons. The only recognition they desire is that their gifts inspire others to give. Barclay has been an exceptional leader on our board of trustees, not only motivating others to give, but also giving wise counsel on a variety of issues and maximizing the effectiveness of the staff/trustee partnership in leading the school."

CCA is not the only Bay Area organization fortunate enough to receive the Simpsons' thoughtful support. They are generous donors to Berkeley Art Museum; a range of other departments at UC Berkeley; Girls Inc of Alameda County; California Shakespeare Festival; Museum of Children's Art; Bay Area Discovery Museum; Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and San Leandro; Berkeley Public Library and Orinda Public Library; Chabot Space and Science Center; John F. Kennedy Universtiy; Wardrobe for Opportunity; and the Pacific Vision Foundation.

"The Simpsons have used their giving and their passion for the college to motivate others to support our mission of excellence in art education," said Roth. "We are grateful to them and congratulate them on this well-deserved award."