College of Business Donors Recognized on National Philanthropy Day

A photo of Ellen Cotton, Kate Tiedemann and Dr. Gary Patterson signing the beam as part of the

Philanthropist Kate Tiedemann, center, signs the beam for the new Kate Tiedemann College of Business building as part of the January 2016 “topping out” ceremony with $1 million donor Ellen Cotton, right, and Dr. Gary Patterson, associate dean of the Kate Tiedemann College of Business.

Tampa Bay area philanthropists Kate Tiedemann and Ellen Cotton were jointly recognized as Philanthropist of the Year at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Suncoast’s National Philanthropy Day 2016 luncheon on Nov. 15.

For nearly 20 years, chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals across North America have celebrated NPD to recognize and reflect on the impact of philanthropy.

“These two women are the quintessential philanthropists,” said USFSP Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska, who nominated the pair jointly with Morton Plant Mease Foundation, Lowry Park Zoo, and the Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP). “The depth and breadth of their giving has inspired a philanthropic culture at USFSP. They epitomize the term ‘joyful givers,’ and they are role models for others to follow.”

In Fall 2014, Tiedemann gave $10 million to name the Kate Tiedemann College of Business and inspired Cotton to give a $1 million gift a little more than a year later. This was quickly followed by an inspired $5 million gift from USF alumna and former Raymond James executive Lynn Pippenger.

For nearly 20 years, AFP chapters across North America have celebrated NPD to recognize and reflect on the impact of philanthropy.