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Brown, Leslie W., CFRE, passed away July 28, 2009. Leslie Brown's professional fundraising and management career began 40 years ago. After retiring as Executive Director of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Ms. Brown created LW Brown Company to consult with non-profit organizations on board development, campaign planning, major gift acquisition and ethical fundraising practices. At the Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Ms. Brown created and spearheaded the Vision for the 21st Century Campaign, which successfully eliminated the Broward Center for the Performing Arts' mortgage 11 years early and grew an $11 million endowment. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Vice President for Development at Nova Southeastern University. During her career, she provided staff support and consulting services to the administration and board members of not-for-profit organizations such as Brown University, Trinity College, the USO and AFS International/Intercultural Programs. Ms. Brown was a catalyst in the creation of the first Certificate Program in Fund Raising Management at New York University's School of Continuing Education and remained involved in all facets of philanthropic development. Most recently Leslie devoted her time to Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre, where she served as a consultant and mentor with passion and dedication. Committed to her profession and the community, Ms. Brown, a graduate of Hofstra University, was a certified Fund Raising Executive. She was a founding board member of the Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and served as a past president. Leslie was a past member of the national board of directors of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in Alexandria, VA and served as their immediate past chair of the Committee on Directors. She was named Outstanding Fundraising Executive by her colleagues in 1996 at the National Philanthropy Day celebration and founded the AFP "Fundamentals of Fundraising" course. Now in its tenth year, Fundamentals has trained hundreds of not-for-profit staff and volunteers in best practice fundraising throughout Broward County. With a national reputation, Leslie frequently lectured on fundraising and board development and has been published on best practices and ethical fundraising. Leslie was a proud member of FAB!, Entourage, Bonnet House, the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, FLCT's Spotlight Circle of Friends and the Broward Women's Alliance. To recognize her commitment to the performing arts and her profession, the Broward County Board of County commissioners named "Leslie Brown Appreciation Day" in Broward County on September 20, 2006. Leslie was an avid Marlins fan and ballroom dancer; both activities she enjoyed best with her loving partner, Judge Robert Fogan. She is survived by Judge Fogan and many loving relatives and friends. Leslie was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 31, 1947 and lived in Manhattan for many years before making South Florida her home. She died peacefully from complications of pancreatic cancer on July 28, 2009. A celebration of Leslie's life will be held at Star of David Funeral Chapel, 7701 Bailey Road, No. Lauderdale, FL 33068 at 10:30am on Friday, July 31, 2009. In lieu of flowers, it was Leslie's wish that donations be made in her honor to Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre.

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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Jul. 30, 2009.
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July 26, 2010
Janet Erlick
July 25, 2010
Phyllis Lane
December 21, 2009
I just learned of Leslie's passing today, December 21. My husband and I were honored to have known her and worked with her - a passionate colleague for all things nonprofit. Her impact and influence will be seen and felt for years and years to come. We will miss her dedication and her wonderful strength in spirit.
Lori and David Lawson
November 10, 2009
Today is November 10th and I just found out about Leslie's passing. I worked with her at the Broward Center for many years. She was one of the brightest women I have ever known. She was always gracious, thoughtful and kind. She taught me so much and I will always be forever grateful to have known her. I will truly miss her.

Mary Coleman
Mary Coleman
August 16, 2009
I have known Leslie ever since she was a freckled face tweleve year old in seventh grade. Through the next six years we spent a lot of time together in high school and for several years after. We lost touch in 1972 and then we reconnected when I moved to Florida in 1980.
I did not see her again until 1998 at a Florida Marlin Game in section 145. As luck would have it I was sitting two rows in front of her and Bob and during the past 11 years we have seen each other many times; for dinner, lunch but mostly at the games.
On Opening day this year Leslie told me that she had pancreatic cancer and the smile on her face never changed. She promised to fight it as much as she could yet I knew that pancreatic cancer was not easy to overcome.
I will miss her, her smile and her always positive attitude. Although we did not spend a lot of time together she will always remain an important part of my life.
Harvey Judkowitz
August 12, 2009
I just learned last night of Leslies passing and I have to say I am sad beyond belief this morning. Leslie and I had not seen each other in recent years, she lived east (I live a million miles away in Parkland) but she was the kind of friend that you could pick up a relationship with like it was yesterday.
My husband and I met her 25 years ago when she was with Nova. Our son was diagnosed with a severe hearing loss and she was their to teach us how to channel our efforts and to give back to the community. We became close friends.
I was always so proud of her, a true professional and loving human being.
Our thoughts and Love goes out to Robert and her family. May the memory of her wonderful spirit and life sustain you at this very sad time.
I love and will miss you Leslie.
christie Rudich
August 8, 2009
I learned about Leslie's untimely death 10 days ago and I still cannot get her out of my mind. Leslie was one of the first people who believed in me - and gave me work! - when I started consulting in the early '90s. I was pleased and proud to be able to assist her at both Nova and the Broward Center. I served with her on the AFP Fort Lauderdale board for many years. I learned so much from her and was honored to call her a friend and mentor. I know that she touched many, many lives in a remarkable way.

Suzi and I will both miss her tremendously. Our deepest sympathies go out to Bob and Leslie's entire family.
Leon Rubin
August 6, 2009
I was so shocked and saddened to learn of Leslie's passing yesterday. When I started in my first fundraising position in the Broward area, she personally introduced me to many of the major philanthropists in the community. It is because of Leslie's leadership that I have been able to accomplish so much through the donors and nonprofits I've worked with over the past two decades. Leslie was not only a mentor to me but a special friend as well. I knew that I could always count on her for advice and support.

Leslie played an instrumental part in our community - connecting those who could help with those in need of help. So many of us in the development world saw her as a role model to aspire to in our own careers. She will be terribly missed, but never forgotten. Everyone whose lives she touched will remember her as someone we were privileged to know.
Karen Drumheller
August 5, 2009
I worked with Leslie at Nova Southeastern University and had not seen her in several years when by chance we ran into each other at Laffing Matterz about three months ago. I'm so glad that I took the opportunity then to tell her how much I enjoyed working with her at Nova. She will be missed by so many people.
Lisa Davis
August 4, 2009
Although I never had the opportunity to meet Leslie Brown, I feel I have gotten to know her through my dear friend, Beth Pollack Rosen. Beth has shared with me the wonderful impact Leslie has had and continues to have on shaping Beth's life; by inspiring Beth to live her dreams. Beth described how Leslie always, "lit up every room," and how Leslie "never missed an important event in the lives of her closest friends and family." Clearly, Leslie has touched many lives, and she will live on in the hearts of all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Jamie Weissman
August 4, 2009
I just learned of Leslie's passing. She was a special lady and we had lots of fun. I worked with Leslie when Nova's Development Office was at Orange Plaza in Davie and then again at Westport. She was very good to me, and even though we were out of touch, I often thought about her.
Dee O'Neill
August 3, 2009
We just learned of Leslie's passing on August 3rd. Our heartfelt sympathies for family and so many friends. She will be mised.
Ken and Paula Haiko
August 1, 2009
Leslie was such a special woman. Always championing for those who could not do so for themselves. Beautiful inside and out. She was so thoughtful and forgiving. A very special lady and friend to so many. The world is a better place for her having been in it. Bonnie Tracy
Bonnie Tracy
August 1, 2009
Leslie was my "best friend" starting in elementary school. We did everything together. I was "the blonde" and she was "the redhead". We sang together in chorus, participated in Student Council, where she was President, travelled to Europe for 6 weeks when we were 19, won Queen Ester contests, modeled at the World's Fair and went through marriages and divorces. Her family was my family. I spent more time at her house with her parents, brother and Aunt Phyllis then I did at my own house. I regret that we didn't have much contact the last few years. I am so sad that she is gone and hope to see her again someday. I especially send my condolences to her nephew Noel and her partner, Robert Fogan.
Phyllis Lane
August 1, 2009
Leslie had no reason to befriend me---I am only an audio engineer in one of the theatres at the BCPA and as such I do not travel in her circles. However, she always had time to answer my questions and indeed our raport incresed to a great friendship over the years. Her ability to cut to the chase in a most gracious manner was without equal. I shall miss my dear friend and will always honor her.
Edmund Griffin BCPA Ft. Lauderdale FL
Edmudn Griffin
July 31, 2009
Leslie was my aunt and my Godmother. I have tremendous memories of our time together. From a very young age I would travel into the city and spend many weekends with her when she was just forming her business. Together we would shop for legos until they covered the entire floor of my room. To this day I still have them! Aunt Leslie was successful at whatever she did and built stong relationships wherever she went. She will be missed.
Noel Warshaw
July 31, 2009
Leslie was my husband's cousin. I only met her 3 times, once in San Diego visiting Aunt Phyllis, once at my house this past November, and once 2 days before she passed in the hospital. In these 3 visits I found her to be so selfless, funny ( what a sense of humor!) and one of the warmest souls I have ever met. When we saw her last Sunday she said "today is a good day". She thanked me for a vegtable lasagna that I made her back in November. Thanking me, while your laying in a hospital bed! I couldnt believe it. I wish I had more time to get to know this warm, beautiful person. Gone too soon! I love you, Leslie....cousin Becca
Rebecca Fischer
July 31, 2009
Leslie was my aunt. My whole life she has been here...my earliest memories begin at 4...when she took me to the New York Worlds Fair everyday.

Her love of life put a smile on her face everyday...she never let things get her down even when they were. Leslie will always be a special person...her spirit is in me and miss her terribly. I saw her Sunday...she was still cracking jokes and sharp. I cherish that day and all the memories that I have of her...a part of me has been lost with her loss.
michael fischer
July 31, 2009
Leslie was an inspiration to all who met her; her winning smile and "can do" attitude were so contagious. She was a born teacher and do-gooder through and through who will be sorely missed. I am grateful I had the opportunity, however brief, to learn from her, as I admired her tremendously. And If I close my eyes, I can see her smile and hear her enthusiasm as she said: "That's fantastic!"
Barbara Venkataraman
July 31, 2009
Dearest Leslie. AFP meetings will never be the same without you.I treasure our time together and our long chats, not only on fundraising, but on very personal issues we'd both confronted.Special thanks for having counseled my granddaughter on fundraising & for sharing so much of your personal life with me.My deep condolances to Bob (Thank you for sharing how much he meant to you and sharing photos of your many trips). I love you, Mary Jean
Mary Jean Gilbert
July 31, 2009
Leslie, was someone that you could not forget. My connection with her was through the AFP Foundation for Philanthrophy as Board members together. She really had the spirit of professionalisma and was very engaged in assisting the organization grow in its professionalism. She really pictched in. When there was a task that needed to be done she was always there and helpful. I will miss her wonderful personality, her spirit and her dedication and helpfulness.

Paul J Strawhecker, Omaha, Nebraska
Paul Strawhecker
July 31, 2009
I remember Leslie from AFP Foundation. Her character, principles and enthusiasm were only matched by her flaming red hair and her laughter. My last visit was when I was in Ft. Lauderdale and we went to lunch. I shall miss her.

Carol Numrich - Los Angeles Chapter, AFO
July 31, 2009
I remember the first time I met Leslie. Her spirit was full of energy and warmth. She impacted my life greatly. I was shocked and saddened by her passing. My love and prayers go out to the family. South Florida has lost a gem and she will be deeply missed.
Tracy Schuldiner
July 30, 2009
Leslie..a true shining star whose warm heart and contagious enthusiasm will continue to shine eternally. heartfelt condosences...treasure the love.
Roz Perlmutter
July 30, 2009
To the Family of Leslie W. Brown,

Leslie, was a woman of charcter and substance. She was open to diversity. I remember Leslie most because of her eagerness in supporting the underserved youth of Ashanti Cultural Arts, Inc.., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, she provided opportunities for children and youth of Ashanti Cultural arts in attending shows, workshops, tours and many cultural events at The Broward Center for the Perfoming Arts.
Leslie legacy will continue to live in the Broward County and globally.

Linda Houston Jones, Founder/CEO
Ashanti Cultural Arts, Inc.
July 30, 2009
Leslie was a beautiful woman inside and out. The Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre was fortunate to have her on our team. She was intelligent, upbeat, a hard worker and an inspiration to our organization. We will attribute our continued success to Leslie's guidance and we will miss her dearly.
Sharon O'Connor
July 30, 2009
Leslie contributed selflessly to our community. We will miss her at BWA.. She was a lady and a very dear person.
Eileen O'Connor
July 30, 2009
Leslie was a leader, a mentor and a friend. She championed nonprofit causes like none other, and she will be missed terribly by everyone who had the honor to know her. We will always remember her beaming smile and bright spirit.

Leslie, you left us much too soon. We will keep you close in our hearts...always.
Barbara Witte
July 30, 2009
I was saddened to read of Leslie's passing. Although I have not had contact with her for many years, there are wonderful memories of our years together in both Jr. High School and Sr. High School, as well as a few memorable luncheons in our adult years. She certainly was an accomplished woman and will be greatly missed by many. Debbie Catalanotti Boynton Bch Florida
Debbie Catalanotti
July 30, 2009
I was saddened to read of Leslie's passing. Although I have not had contact with her for many years, there are wonderful memories of our years together in both Jr. High School and Sr. High School, as well as a few memorable luncheons in our adult years. She certainly was an accomplished woman and will be greatly missed by many.
Debbie Catalanotti
July 30, 2009
I was surprised and saddened to learn of Leslie's death. She and I worked together at the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. She was a class act and taught me so much about fundraising. The was the one who bugged me constantly to get my CFRE. A credit to the profession. She will be missed.
Gus Kein
July 30, 2009
Leslie was one of my mentors. She was a "champion" for the Florida Marlins. We will miss seeing her in section 145.
Nancy Olson
July 30, 2009
Leslie always had a ready smile and a kind comment. She made each of us feel special. It was a priviledge to know her. I can only imagine how brave she must have been during her fight to stay healthy.
Kathy Koch
July 30, 2009
Leslie and I shared a lot of good times and bad times in years past. I was sad to hear of the passing of this beautiful person. I loved her dearly.
Wylma Evans
July 30, 2009
I can't recall Leslie ever not smiling or looking less than energetic and full of life -- nor do I remember her missing a single weekly class in this last year's AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising course, which she founded and facilitated. I was fortunate enough to have been a student of this course and to have benefitted from Leslie's wisdom, inspriation, experience and all she shared with us.
It is obvious that Leslie touched many lives on several different levels and will be sorely missed by all. May Leslie's memory be for a blessing.

Jill Gallner
Nova Southeastern University
July 30, 2009
My sincere condolences to Leslie's family. We shared much in common as fund raising professionals both mentored by New York's Hank Goldstein and Oram Associates. We're lucky to have landed in Fort Lauderdale and shared our commitment to the non-profit sector.
With kindness and great respect,
Edie Pearson
Edie Pearson
July 30, 2009
Leslie was such a wonderful woman. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Your memories of her will comfort you during this time of deep sorrow.
Kathy Maloney
July 30, 2009
Leslie's passing is a tremendous loss to the non-profit community and all who knew her. Leslie's presence, knowledge, professionalism, commitment, support and passion for her philanathopic dedication to non-profit organizations in Broward County was significant. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Flo Crea
KP Productions
July 30, 2009
The community has suffered a great loss in this vivacious, spirited and professional women. You will be missed, Leslie!
Gus Kein
July 30, 2009
We knew Leslie about 25 years and felt so fortunate to have a small part of her in our lives. Beside her general love of life, as mentioned she loved to dance and loved to cruise. We have traveled together and know how much that mattered to her. She always had a smile and such a postive outlook even when this illness started to change her life and plans.
Leslie, you will be missed more than you will ever know. We know that when God saw you, he opened his arms and knew that his newest angel was indeed very very special .
We will always cherish our memories because as time goes on, those memories become albums of times well spent.
Lynne and Tom Larkin
Fort Lauderdale Florida
Lynne Larkin
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