NextGen Rochester, an affiliate of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, selected Francis Clement to receive its 2018 Young Philanthropist of the Year Award.
The fourth annual award is given in honor of the NextGen founding members. It is awarded to a young philanthropist in Greater Rochester who best embodies the desire to promote the welfare of others through generous financial support, along with exemplary service to local community nonprofit organizations.
This year marks the first time the award went to an individual outside of NextGen’s direct membership.
“We felt it was important to open up nominations to the entire Rochester community,” said Tim Ryan, advisory committee chairman at NextGen Rochester. “There are so many passionate and generous young professionals helping to support great work in the area, and we want to recognize and celebrate those individuals and their selfless ideals. Mr. Clement is a truly remarkable young philanthropist whose generosity, dedicated involvement and desire to improve the lives of others makes him an extraordinary example of NextGen’s founding principles.”
Clement, a financial planner with Northwestern Mutual, is a member of the RACF board and African-American Giving Initiative, and the George Eastman Giving Circle at the University of Rochester; supporter of the Black Physicians Network and the Black Women’s Leadership Council at Xerox; sponsor of Cameron Community Ministries, an urban outreach community center; and benefactor of the Church of Love.
“Francis truly walks the walk, and is deserving of recognition for all that he has done at such a young age,” said Linda Clark, founder and board member of the Black Physicians Network in Rochester. “He not only recognizes the need for a hand out, but understands it must come with a helping hand up — teaching and guiding people to not be victims of circumstances, but to grow and be stronger because of them. He not only gives of his financial resources, he takes a personal interest in people and makes them feel welcome in the community.”