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Sowing the Seeds of Philanthropy in West Michigan

Meet the 2016 National Philanthropy Day Speaker, Lola Audu!

Real Estate Broker l Speaker l Educator

Lola grew up in Nigeria, West Africa and came to the United States in the early 80's on a scholarship to Calvin College.  While at Calvin, she assisted the college with outreach efforts to International Students through her job as the International Student Coordinator.  Her window of perspective on a global world was expanded at an early age due to her education in a mission school system.  Her high school class of 44 included students from 16 different countries.

Lola's ability to think 'outside the box' was nurtured by her parents who taught their children wise sayings and proverbs through the African art of story telling.  She well-remembers a particularly effective means to get all her siblings to bed on time through retelling the story of Wee Willie Winkie who had a habit of eating children who were not in bed by 8:00 pm.

Lola graduated from the University of Wisconsin and moved back to the Grand Rapids area with her husband, Clement, where they have raised their family and have two adult sons.  She owns Audu Real Estate and LA SPEAKING, a residential real estate company which also provides training and seminar workshops locally and nationally in the areas of cultural intelligence, fair housing and leadership principles.Lola is certified by the Cultural Intelligence Center in Holt, Michigan as a CQ Level Trainer and speaks to audiences about how cultural intelligence enhances competitive advantage.

Join AFP West Michigan in celebrating the outstanding generosity of our community during the 30th Annual National Philanthropy Day® on Thursday, November 17.

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel ($8 discounted parking for self-park. Pay inside before event.) 

$35 | Students and YNPN Members

$50 | AFP Members

$65 | Non-Members     


Enjoy this delicious menu:

torn bibb lettuce with white cheddar, sweet potato, apples, walnuts and apple cinnamon vinaigrette


chicken stuffed with goat cheese, pears, currants and arugula with herb tri-colored fingerling potatoes, haricot verts and roasted red pepper


cauliflower “steak” with vanilla – cauliflower purée with smoked lentils and pickled onion


apple ricotta cheesecake with blackberry sage compote and pumpkinseed brittle


malted chocolate crème caramel with cherry almond financier


Questions? Email

Register online here

NPD provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. For thirty years the West Michigan Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has celebrated the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. See our past recipients here.


AFP - West Michigan Chapter

P.O. Box 6302 /  Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6302

P: 616-222-6144  / F: 616-732-4481

For more information contact Deb O'Donnell.

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