In Memory of Boris Frank

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Boris Frank. His presence, influence, and spirit will be greatly missed at AFP Greater Madison and in the community. Our sincere condolences to Boris' family. Boris was a founding member of AFP Greater Madison and served our organization in many ways throughout the years. Boris' obituary may be found here. We encourage you to share a message with his family. A celebration of life will be announced for a date in the near future.

A message from Sarah Linn, AFP Greater Madison Chapter President:

My first experience meeting Boris Frank will probably sound familiar to many in our community. He was standing in the front of a classroom, weaving tales of generosity and sharing his thoughts on the best ways to connect donors with causes they are passionate about. I was in a course for beginning fundraisers at the time and Boris was sharing his hard-won wisdom with all of us. Boris’ impact has been felt throughout the Madison community for decades, either through his direct work with the group, his enthusiastic advocacy for a variety of causes, or his generous way of lending an ear and helping you tackle any problem. No matter what obstacle you found in your path, Boris would have an inspiring story ready to share. Through the generations of fundraisers who benefitted from his teaching, Boris’ influence can be felt throughout the nonprofit sector and the community at large.  He will be sorely missed.

The AFP Greater Madison Board of Directors would like to extend our gratitude to the Frank family for requesting memorial gifts go to our chapter’s Boris Frank “Emerging Leaders” Scholarship. As I experienced when I first started out in my nonprofit career, teaching was Boris’ passion and he came alive in the classroom. This scholarship honors his dedication to education by providing support to AFP members (including collegiate members) who are interested in attending specialty conferences or training, including those focused on diversity and inclusion, which fall outside our chapter’s annual educational offerings. Please find more information here.  We’re honored to hold Boris’ memory close by continuing his work in the years to come.