National Philanthropy Day 2019

When:  Nov 14, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 01:30 PM (PT)

National Philanthropy Day™ is a special day set aside each year wherein we recognize and celebrate the great contributions of philanthropy, and those people active in the philanthropic community, to the enrichment of our world.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Embassy Suites by Hilton, 333 Madonna Rd. San Luis Obispo

Please join us in honoring this year's Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year, President's Award recipient, and all the many volunteers and supporters who make our community a better place to live, work and play.

Joan Gellert-Sargen

Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year
Joan Gellert-Sargen
Joan Gellert-Sargen moved to the Central Coast from the Bay area in 1992 and wasted no time at all before finding numerous ways to give of her time, talents and treasure. One would be hard-pressed to find a nonprofit organization in San Luis Obispo County that has not benefited from Joan’s philanthropic support. From Cuesta College to French Hospital, the YMCA to Cal Poly Arts, 40 Prado to the Performing Arts Center to Family Care Network, the Clark Center, SLO Symphony, SLO Repertory Theatre and so many more. Joan has supported it all. Her philanthropy is generous, widespread and contagious. All of us at AFP SLO County are thrilled to announce this long overdue honor!

Sandi Sigurdson
President’s Award
Sandi Sigurdson
The AFP President’s Award is an honorary distinction given at the discretion of the AFP Board President to select and extraordinary individuals who are celebrating a landmark year. As executive director of the San Luis Obispo Symphony from 1994 to 2009, Sandi Sigurdson managed their growth from a small community orchestra with a budget of $300,000 to the respected and successful organization it is today with a budget of over $1 million. Along the way, she inspired and mentored future nonprofit leaders and fledgling volunteer board members who continue to serve this community. Now retiring after 10 years as Executive Director of Leadership SLO, Sandi has inspired hundreds of new leaders for both the nonprofit, public and for profit sector, all the while promoting and encouraging “giving back” to our community through service and philanthropy.

We hope you will join our local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for this celebration of philanthropy. Be sure to invite all those special people who so generously support your organization so that they may be asked to “stand and be recognized” at the event.

Special Thanks to our Premier Event Sponsor:
Community Foundation
Several additional event sponsorship options are available as follows:

Business Partner Sponsor $1,000

  • Logo and listing on website and in printed event program
  • Table signage
  • 1 table (seating for 8 guests)
  • Verbal recognition from the podium at the event
  • On-screen event recognition
  • Half page Tribute ad in event program
  • Recognition (with logo) in post-event “thank you” ad
Table Sponsor $500
  • Listing in printed event program
  • Table Signage
  • 1 table (seating for 8 guests)
  • Recognition in post-event “thank you” ad
In-Kind Sponsor $250+
  • Logo and listing in printed event program
  • Seating for 4 guests (if desired)
  • Recognition in post-event “thank you” ad

Individual Tickets: $50 per person

Please click the link below to register for the event and confirm your sponsorship. For more information about sponsoring NPD, please contact Elena Romero at (559) 287-1688 or email


Embassy Suites Hotel by Hilton
333 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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