As the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF) gears up for its January 26, 2013 John and Abigail Adams annual benefit at the Museum of Fine of Arts Boston, the BBF today announced that Carol Fulp will receive its Public Service Award. She has been described as a philanthropist and as a business and civic leader, and was named earlier this year by the Boston Business Journal as one of the “50 most influential Bostonians.”
“Known for her smarts, leadership skills, high energy level, and unassuming and modest demeanor, Carol Fulp has shaped Boston’s philanthropic landscape in ways that strengthen our community,” said BBF President Jack Clymer, Senior Counsel at Nixon Peabody. “She has raised the bar for strategic philanthropy in a career spanning decades, and continues to give back, setting new benchmarks in all that she does.”
In March of this year, Fulp became President and CEO of The Partnership, Inc., New England’s premier organization dedicated to leadership development for professionals of color. Saying that “opportunities create themselves” and that “helping other people develop” can itself be a source of power and influence, she saw her post at this non-profit as an opportunity to give back in new ways — following years in the corporate world. Under Fulp’s leadership, the Partnership is designed to help executives of color succeed in the corporate world, and also as community leaders.
Prior to her appointment to the Partnership, Fulp was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Brand Initiatives at John Hancock Financial. There she led the company’s $12 million philanthropic giving program and created the largest corporate summer jobs program of its kind in the country. She also served as Director of Community Programming and Human Resources for WCVB-TV and as the Corporate Employee Relations Manager for the Gillette Company.
President Obama appointed Fulp as a Representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Governor Patrick appointed her as a trustee to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Governor de Jongh appointed her as a trustee of the University of the Virgin Islands, and Mayor Menino appointed her as a trustee for the Boston Public Library.
The Adams Benefit is a major fund-raising event for the BBF, and last year raised $600,000. In 2012, the BBF made grants totaling $1 million to programs providing civil legal aid to some of Boston’s neediest. Through its special funds, the BBF also supports programs to prevent homelessness and to widen the pipeline of diverse youth into the legal profession, including summer jobs at law related public agencies and the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.