Atlanta — Mary Ruth Barnes, director of estate and asset services for the American Cancer Society in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, recently received the Top Performer Award from the society’s Planned Giving Business Unit at the business unit’s 2014 Development Conference in Atlanta.
The Top Performeraward recognizes an employee who has received the highest performance in planned giving with the Society’s Planned Giving Business Unit (PGBU).
Barnes for the year 2012 documented over $5.7 million in planned and 2013 documented over $4.8 million in planned gifts to help fight cancer. In addition, the honoree met all merit goals, which included demonstrating the ability to hit the ground running, as well as grasping and the implementation of moves management, a comprehensive management system in the fundraising profession where “moves” are the planned and documented strategic steps to draw donors closer to an organization. The top performer nationwide is also someone who is willing to embrace these new ideas and initiates new concepts to be utilized by others for the benefit of PGBU and the American Cancer Society.
Mary Ruth joined the society in 2008 after serving as director of development for the advancement office of the regional East Central University in Ada, and executive director of Valley View Foundation, a foundation for a regional hospital, which is also in Ada. Having received a bachelor’s degree with high honors from North Carolina State and a master’s degree from Montana State University, she has recently completed her Certified Fund Raising Executive Program certification.
Mary Ruth is a member of the Chickasaw Nation and has received honors for her watercolor artwork, currently featured in the new Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in Ada. In addition, Mary Ruth is extremely active in her community through the Ada Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, current vice-president of Artists of the Arbuckles Association, and a member of AFP of Oklahoma, an organization that promotes philanthropy by empowering people and organizations to practice ethical and effective professional fundraising.