ON-Lion Letter
The Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, D.C., will award its 2008 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership to S. Truett Cathy, the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Chick-fil-A restaurants. 

From humble beginnings, Cathy founded and grew Chick-fil-A from a single mall location in 1967 to a nationwide chain of more than 1,400 restaurants.  It has experienced 40 consecutive years of sales growth, culminating in 2007 with annual sales of $2.64 billion.  Its vision statement is "to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A."  In line with this principle, all Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays.

In 1984, Cathy established the WinShape Foundation, named for its mission to shape winners.  WinShape gives to a foster-care program, wilderness programs and camps, and marriage-enrichment programs, and it has an extensive scholarship program for students of Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga.  Cathy and his wife Jeannette first opened their home to foster children over 30 years ago and have taken in a total of nearly 200 foster children through WinShape Homes, a long-term foster-care program that includes 14 homes throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

The William E. Simon Foundation created the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership to further the ideals fostered by William E. Simon, including personal responsibility, resourcefulness, volunteerism, scholarship, individual freedom, faith in God, and helping people to help themselves.  The prize honors living philanthropists who have shown exemplary leadership through their charitable giving, highlights the power of philanthropy to achieve positive change, and seeks to inspire others to support charities that achieve genuine results.  The winner of the Simon Prize receives a $250,000 award, payable to the charity of his or her choice.

Since 2007, The Philanthropy Roundtable has administered the prize at the request the Simon Foundation.  The Roundtable will present the Simon Prize to Cathy during a special luncheon at its 2008 Annual Meeting in November.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Roundtable.
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