During Celebrate Stephens Reunion Weekend earlier this month, M. Anne Murphy, a 1978 Stephens College graduate, received the 2016 Alumnae Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed on an alumna. Doris Painter Littrell, a 1958 graduate,received the Jean Clinton Roeschlaub Alumnae Service Award, which is given to alumnae who have, among other things, promoted Stephens College locally and nationally, and served as a leader of the College.
Murphy, a principal at Dini Spheris, a nonprofit fundraising consulting firm, provides her clients with state-of-the-art best practices. She has led the firm’s efforts to handle the unique challenges of helping organizations balance a commitment to mission with the desire to set new standards and achieve new levels of performance and results.
She began her fundraising career at Stephens College before heading to New York to earn a master’s degree in fundraising management. Upon graduation, she worked as a staff consultant for Girl Scouts USA and on the campaign staff for the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Centennial campaign. Eventually, Murphy’s career led her back home to Houston, where she worked for the University of Houston Foundation, March of Dimes and University of Houston Downtown before joining Dini Spheris.
Murphy has also served in leadership roles in the nonprofit sector, including the local and national foundation board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where the M. Anne Murphy Award for Outstanding Professional Advancement is given out each year in her honor at National Philanthropy Day.
Littrell volunteers in countless capacities for Stephens, from being involved in her local alumnae group (the Alumnae Group of Mid-Missouri) to serving on the Alumnae Association Board to helping other groups around Missouri establish their clubs or networks. Her 50th reunion continues to hold the record number of attendees for the College, and she recently donated her time and expertise to advise the College on how to better improve the Class Presidents program and increase reunion attendance.
View our photo album from Reunion here.
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