NPD Overview

2021 Winners
Outstanding Large Business

Outstanding Small Business
Barefoot PR

Outstanding Foundation
COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund

Outstanding Philanthropists

Kristin and Jim Bender

Outstanding Professional Fundraiser
Jacquie Hall, Craig Foundation

Outstanding Professional Grantmaker
LaDawn Sullivan, The Denver Foundation

Outstanding Service Organization
Colorado Chapter, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation, Inc.

Outstanding Volunteer
Cindy McMullin

Outstanding Youth
Aimee Resnick

Outstanding Youth Group
Grandview High School Student Equity

Lifetime Achievement
A. Barry Hirschfeld

Inspiration Award
Anythink Libraries

Award Categories
Lifetime Achievement
Outstanding Large Business
Outstanding Small Business
Outstanding Foundation
Outstanding Philanthropist
Outstanding Professional Fundraiser
Outstanding Professional Grantmaker
Outstanding Service Organization
Outstanding Volunteer
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
Inspiration Award – NEW for this year

Full Award Category Descriptions

2021 Event Update

In 2021, we look forward to gathering together in whatever way is determined to be safe this fall. We remain committed to providing a way for communities around our state to participate in the celebration virtually. While we don’t yet know the specifics of how the event will look, we anticipate more clarity sometime this summer. This year's event is Purpose and Possibility.

2020 Recap

The in-person National Philanthropy Day award luncheon event has been held in early November at Seawell Ballroom for years and has been sold out with 800+ attendees. Since an event of that size was not possible or appropriate for 2020, the move to virtual was inevitable. The team at Seawell Ballroom did a fabulous job of presenting a professional and dynamic hybrid virtual event for us. It was comforting to host the event in our traditional venue even though attendees joined us from their computers. The planning team of Matt Leaver and Tara Miller were true partners in the process and helped us navigate this tricky year. They answered questions quickly, shared suggestions and templates, and made the event planning process as seamless as possible. We also took advantage of the rehearsal day model, recording a few presentations ( or remarks from speakers) that day. On event day, we had just a few folks in the room and the technical team had professional lighting, sound, and media to make a complete event. They closely followed our script with a mix of a live emcee, recorded spots, and a slide show. Overall, we were thrilled with the whole process although we can’t wait together in person in November 2021. In addition to the wonderful service and event, it felt good to support our long-term partner and fellow non-profit in the community during these difficult times. It's true- we will all get through this together. We highly recommend considering the DCPA for your organization's virtual event.

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On November 13th, we gathered virtually to celebrate National Philanthropy Day in Colorado.  We celebrated two youth award winners and honored 33 individuals, organizations, and businesses who are working to create change in communities across our great state.  

Join us in 2021 to:  
LEARN how individuals, organizations and businesses across Colorado are creating a kinder,
more sustainable and just world  
CONNECT with other changemakers who care about philanthropy and our vibrant nonprofit sector 
CELEBRATE our two youth award winners and 33 honorees and the difference philanthropy makes  

At National Philanthropy Day Colorado, we believe that everyone can be part of philanthropy.  

Click here to see the list of 2020 Honorees

We are grateful to the Daniels Fund for providing the cash awards for outstanding youth. 


giving, volunteering, and everything you do to help change the world!

2019 winners -- Full list here.

2018 NPD Winners


Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor

Rose Foundation Logo for NPD


Our sincere thank you to all those who nominate people in their community
who support and uplift philanthropy in all areas. 

2019 Luncheon Program

Award Descriptions and Past Winners