What does working with the Center mean to you?
Our support for The Center carries on a commitment to the environment and land conservation that is generations-deep in our family. I was one of the founding members of the Center's Advisory Board, and I am proud of its progress, the competence of its staff, and the impact that the Center has made on public policy and citizen awareness. Humankind is facing a crisis of grave proportions—and the Center has been sounding the alarms.
Fred Osborn grew up in suburban Philadelphia, PA, graduating from the Episcopal Academy there in 1964. In 1966, he dropped out of Princeton University and was drafted into the Army, earning the Army Commendation Medal for service in Vietnam.
Following the Army tour, he received a B.A. in economics from Colby College in Maine with the class of 1971. He helped start and run an electronics research business in Boston, MA. In 1974, he volunteered to work in the Finance Office at the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
In 1976, he went to the Diocese of Maine as Administrator; in 1980, to Connecticut as Director of Administration. In 1987, he switched from funds management to funds raising, becoming the National Episcopal Church's Staff Officer for Development and Planned Giving where he taught church leaders around the country how to develop significant resources for their ministries.
In 1995 he became Director of Philanthropic Services at The Episcopal Church Foundation, continuing fund raising training and running a complete Gift Planning operation for Episcopal Churches nationwide, including an investment service. He retired at the end of 2005.
Fred and his wife Anne, a watercolor artist, emergency medical technician, and consulting forester, live in Garrison, NY. They have three children and nine grandchildren. They are avid sailors and have crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice in their 44-foot sloop, "Easter." Both Fred and Anne are involved in civic, environmental, educational, and arts not-for-profits. In 2006 they started the "Easter Foundation" through which their family now does the bulk of its charitable giving.