The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Alabama Chapter holds National Philanthropy Day each year to recognize outstanding achievements by individuals, foundation and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers, and professional fundraising executives across the wonderful state of Alabama.

Award Winners Receive:

  • An original hand-forged iron statuette made by a local artist.
  • An opportunity to share their story and philanthropy journey through the official National Philanthropy Day video.
  • An opportunity to make remarks from the streamed National Philanthropy Day event.
  • A lifelong memory of being honored on National Philanthropy Day.
  • The honor of joining a slate of amazing philanthropists from across the state of Alabama who have been honored as award winners since 1982.

Please review all nominations instructions prior to submitting your nomination. 
All nominations must be submitted no later than end of day June 9th, 2023.


For each award, please review and follow these guidelines:

  • Any person from the community may submit a nomination.
  • No more than two (2) organizations can nominate the same individual jointly.
  • Award winners must be available to attend the in-person event on November 3, 2023. 
  • Awards selection will take place in late-June, and nominators will be informed if their nominee was selected by July 7, 2023.
  • Previously submitted nominations may be carried forward. If you submitted a nomination in 2022, you will be contacted to see if you would like to keep your nomination active in 2023.
  • NEW! Past honorees can be nominated for the same award after a 5-year period; past honorees may be nominated for a different award at any time. 
  • After nominees are selected, nominators of award recipients will be asked to provide the following:
    • One (1) professional hi-resolution head shot of awardee(s).
    • Five (5) supporting pictures of the awardee(s) working with their organization/community.
    • Assistance with scheduling nominee to appear in the National Philanthropy Day Awards Video.

All nominations must be submitted no later than end of day June 9, 2023. If you are missing any part of your nomination, you will be contacted and will have limited time to complete the requirements.  If you need assistance in submitting a nomination, please contact Lauren Barnacastle at or the AFP Chapter Administrator at  


William M. and Virginia B. Spencer Outstanding Philanthropist
This award is presented to an individual, couple, or family demonstrating exceptional financial generosity to charitable organizations and causes in Alabama. Nominees should not only have played a key role in assisting organizations in achieving their financial goals, but also set an example for others to follow.

United Way of Central Alabama Outstanding Civic Leader
This award honors the individual, couple, or family who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in community projects or major fundraising campaigns benefiting a charitable organization. Nominees should also exhibit organizational skills as well as the ability to recruit and motivate others to support philanthropic causes.

Outstanding Corporate Citizen
This award recognizes a business or company that has provided direct financial, in-kind, or volunteer support to nonprofit organizations and charitable projects in Alabama. Exceptional nominees will be diversified in their service to the nonprofit sector, often taking leadership roles and encouraging involvement by other businesses.

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Outstanding Professional Advisor
Professional advisors play a key role in connecting philanthropic individuals to community needs by helping them meet their personal charitable giving goals. Candidates should support philanthropy in their work by facilitating significant gifts to local charities as well as personally by giving time, talent, charitable contributions, and leadership among fellow professionals. Eligibility is limited to candidates representing high professional standards in one of the following fields: law, accounting, insurance, financial planning, banking, or investment services.

William S. Roth Outstanding Fundraising Executive
This award is presented to a fundraising professional demonstrating commitment to the profession, knowledge of the industry, and leadership capabilities. The individual will also exemplify the ethics and standards set forth by AFP. Nominees should have a track record of service and advancing philanthropy in their workplace and the greater community. AFP members in good standing are highly preferred.

Outstanding Charitable Organization
Many civic organizations, foundations, nonprofit agencies, and service groups serve our communities and advance causes vital to our quality of life. This award is presented to a highly visible champion of existing causes, special projects, or new initiatives.

Bill Moran Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

This award recognizes that today’s youth play a major role in changing the world. Young people can make a difference and are the future of philanthropy. Eligible nominees are individuals between the ages of 12 and 25 or a group (sororities, fraternities, college athletic teams, etc.) who demonstrate philanthropy through service, volunteering and/or fundraising, and serve as an example for others.

AFP Alabama Chapter IDEA Award 
The Alabama Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals IDEA Award (2021) recognizes an individual, family, non-profit organization, corporation, foundation, or civic organization that is committed to the ideals of inclusion, diversity, equity and access in philanthropic giving. Through personal or organizational leadership and commitment, the recipient recognizes the unique customs, culture, history and legacy of diversity in supporting the work of area nonprofits.