National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day® is an annual event presented nationwide by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 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. Awards given recognize the leaders in the community who make a true impact on the quality of life, cultural vibrancy, and fabric of the region. The Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Virginia Chapter has proudly hosted National Philanthropy Day for over 25 years to celebrate the region's philanthropic spirit. Since 1996, Central Virginia’s AFP Chapter has honored philanthropists, businesses, and volunteers for their impact in Central Virginia and beyond.

We are pleased to announce the National Philanthropy Day 2023 honorees:

Enduring Spirit of Philanthropy Award

Burt Pinnock, FAIA, NOMA, nominated by Storefront for Community Design 

Outstanding Organizational Partner Award

RiverFront Investment Group, nominated by The Doorways 

Volunteer Impact Award

Suzanne T. Long, nominated by ACTS 

Join us to celebrate National Philanthropy Day 2023!

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Thursday, November 9th 

Virginia State University

2:00 - 3:30 pm

The Accidental Fundraiser

A Conversation with Featured Speaker Birgit Smith Burton, AFP Global Board Chair 


Are you the accidental fundraiser, someone who stumbled into the world of fundraising by chance? Perhaps you found yourself in this profession because you possess a friendly, likable personality, making it easy to persuade others to contribute to your cause. Or maybe you're driven by a genuine passion to make a difference for an organization or program that fuels your daily motivation to raise funds.


Now, you're at a crossroads, wondering if your innate qualities and passion are enough to succeed in the fundraising field. Join me on an enlightening journey as we explore how to strike the perfect balance between your intrinsic knowledge and emotions, and the practical steps required for fundraising success. Together, we will delve into the evolving landscape of the fundraising profession, offering insights that will shape your future in this rewarding field.

4:00 - 6:30pm

Award Ceremony and Reception

 Welcome from VSU President, Dr. Makola M. Abdullah

Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for National Philanthropy Day 2023.

National Philanthropy Day 2023 is generously supported by:

2022 National Philanthropy Day Honorees
(Award recipients photographed below, clockwise)

Outstanding Organizational Partner Award

Barbara Brunckhorst Foundation, nominated by VCU
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Volunteer Impact Award

Anne Lower and Johnnie Lou Terry, nominated by Sheltering Arms Foundation
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Emerging Philanthropic Leader Award

Elijah Lee, nominated by Children’s Hospital Foundation
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Enduring Spirit of Philanthropy Award

Roger L. Boeve and Linda V. Schreiner, nominated by ChildSavers
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To see past honorees, click here.