National Philanthropy Day 2020

The logo for the 2019 NPD event.



Each year, the Florida First Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) honors donors, volunteers and professionals whose gifts of time, expertise and resources contribute significantly to the quality of life in our communities. This year’s National Philanthropy Day Awards will take place on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. in an extraordinary virtual celebration. 

National Philanthropy Day acknowledges the entire spectrum of services that the nonprofit and civic and service sectors provide, as well as the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. This annual event is also a fundraiser for the Florida First Coast Chapter of the AFP to provide scholarships and educational opportunities to further individual members’ professional development. NPD was originally conceived of and organized by Douglas Freeman in the 1980s, and the first official events held in 1986 after President Reagan signed the official NPD proclamation. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions.

Last year, more than 130 AFP chapters held NPD events and activities across North America. In addition, AFP launched #NPDLove and the website, a global social media outreach and awareness campaign to engage the global charitable sector, the philanthropic community, and the public in activities to demonstrate “love of humankind” and highlight how they (or their organization) are helping to change the world.

Beginning July 14th, AFP member organizations may submit a nomination for six award categories for this annual event, celebrating the community’s philanthropic leaders. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will feature a new award to recognize an individual, nonprofit organization or corporation that exhibited an “Outstanding Pandemic Response.”

Nominations will be completed using an online form and should be submitted no later than Thursday, August 13th at 5 p.m. Link to online form here: Online 2020 NPD Nomination Form

Further event details and registration information are forthcoming. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this new format.

Finally, we’d like to thank our generous Community Partner sponsors for their support as we plan this year’s event. Thank you to The Resident Community News Group, Sight & Sound Productions, University of North Florida and WJCT!

National Philanthropy Day® Links

  • The Official AFP National Philanthropy Day Website
    Including information on NPD events, wise giving, how to make the most effective gifts and other information about philanthropy. (For donors, volunteers and supporters of charity, philanthropy and NPD)
  • Website
    The grassroots movement to spread the idea of philanthropy around the world and share the love and impact that each person can create.


Elizabeth Watson

National Philanthropy Day Committee Chair

Sara McMillian
ational Philanthropy Day Committee Co-Chair