National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to our lives, our communities and our world.


NPD was first celebrated in 1986.  The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the main sponsor of NPD through its 32,000 members in more than 240 chapters across North America and around the world. Chapters work with local charitable and community organizations to hold NPD celebrations.

A Celebration of Philanthropy in our Region
Coming in November 2024


Nominations for the 2024 National Philanthropy Day awards are now being accepted. 
Click here to submit your nomination.
Nominations will close on June 14.

For questions please contact Jillian Pritts ( or George Omiros (

2024 National Philanthropy Day Award Categories & Criteria

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization or Foundation
The corporate of family foundation, corporation, small or large business, club or organization eligible for this award must have:
* An exemplary record of civic responsibility in support of philanthropic causes
* Demonstrated generosity to the extent necessary to substantially impact non-profit programs
* Encouraged and motivated others to take leadership roles towards philanthropy and community involvement
* A grant process that is accessible and consistent with its publicly stated mission.
* Distinguished itself by the encouragement of creative and innovative programs.
* Advanced philanthropy in general

Outstanding Philanthropist
The individual or family eligible for this award must have:
Demonstrated exceptional generosity in providing financial support and leadership for a single or number
   of non-profits causes including large or small non-profits
* By example encouraged and motivated others to support a philanthropic cause
* Impacted the organization or community through a gift to a non-profit cause
* Contributed significantly to other community efforts
* Advanced philanthropy in general

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser (Adult or Youth)
The individual or volunteer group eligible for this award must have:
* Demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in recruiting, coordinating and motivating volunteers for fund raising  
* Contributed personal time and efforts to one or more non-profits organizations
* Influenced a fund raising program's financial success
* Advanced philanthropy in general

Outstanding Fundraising Executive
The individual eligible for this award must have:
* Served as an effective advocate for growth and development of the profession
* Demonstrated a commitment to philanthropy and to donors
* Shown a thorough knowledge of an organization and its causes, along with an ability to present a compelling case 
   to constituencies
* Served in a pivotal role as a catalyst for positive change in increased philanthropic support.
* Demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the art and science of seeking funds, and a strong desire to use 
   that knowledge to improve practices and programs
* Served as a fundraising professional for at least 10 years.