When Jackie Slaugenhaupt started volunteering with the Symphony Guild of Charlotte in 2008, she did it for the love of music. Today her peers are recognizing her efforts with more than a pat on the back. Slaugenhaupt, 35, will receive the Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist Award from the Charlotte Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on Nov. 7, which is National Philanthropy Day. She is also planning the return of Classical Idol, a musical benefit that raised $53,000 for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
A social hobby: For Slaugenhaupt, volunteering with the Symphony is a way of life. “It’s definitely more than a hobby,” she said. “It’s really my social life as well as my volunteer life, and those two kind of meld together.”
Classical Idol: The fundraiser recruited performers from three areas of the Charlotte Symphony: musicians, the youth orchestra and the Oratorio Singers. “We wanted to have every aspect, one person from each of those three groups,” she said.
Jumping in: The former voice and music student feels Charlotte is the perfect place for a philanthropist to get started. “If you want to get involved in some segment of art culture community here, you can do it by saying I’d like to step up and participate.”