Congratulations to Megan & John - National Philanthropy Day Award Winners


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We’re proud to announce that volunteer Megan Leubner won the Crisis Hero Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Fairfield County Chapter Crisis Hero Award for her invaluable efforts during the pandemic. Megan is Frank H. Netter M.D. School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. John Brooks, Columbus House Chief Development Officer, also won the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award for his longstanding dedication to fundraising and philanthropy. Read more about Megan and John and their commitment to making a difference in our community.



Crisis Hero Award


Megan Leubner, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Megan Leubner is a third-year medical student at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. She graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University in 2018, earning her B.S. in Neuroscience and Biology and a minor in Health Policy. She has served those experiencing homelessness through extensive volunteer work at the Columbus House and as the executive director of Quinnipiac’s free student clinic. She is also passionate about researching social inequities and is currently conducting a study to better understand the health needs and barriers to care for those experiencing homelessness in New Haven. She has been recognized for her dedication to this field through grant support of her research and has been selected to speak at the Connecticut Public Health Association’s annual conference both this year and last year. Megan is determined to address the stigma of substance use disorders and learn the art of compassionate, person-centered addiction treatment. This past summer she was selected to attend the Summer Institute for Medical Students, an immersive training program in addiction medicine hosted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. You will commonly find her volunteering as an outreach worker at soup kitchens, mobile needle exchanges, and street medicine teams in New Haven. Her primary goal is to serve as an advocate for all of her future patients, regardless of their ability to pay, and to help build an equitable health system through research and policy. Her special topics of interest include street medicine, addiction treatment, and harm reduction.


Outstanding Fundraising Professional


John B. Brooks John is the Chief Development Officer for Columbus House, Inc. a New Haven based social service agency providing shelter and housing to the region’s homeless population. He has served in that capacity since January, 2004. John has extensive experience in major & planned giving, corporate sponsorship, corporate & foundation grants, fundraising events, direct marketing, volunteer management, community outreach, external communications and media relations. He has over 25 years of non-profit management and fundraising experience. Prior to working at Columbus House, he was Vice President of Marketing & Development for Save the Sound in Stamford & Norwalk and was also Director of Development at the state headquarters of Special Olympics Connecticut. John has been a member of AFP since 1996 and served as President of the Connecticut Chapter in 2011 and 2012. He has held leadership positions on the Program and Mentorship Committees and has served for many years on the National Philanthropy Day committee. He is the former Vice Chair of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit Resource Council and also served on the steering committee for Leave-A-Legacy Connecticut. He is a graduate of the Greater New Haven Leadership Center. John hails from Philadelphia where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Management from Philadelphia University. He lives in Monroe with his wife Monica and has 2 grown daughters.


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