National Philanthropy Day 2019

National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside on the fifteenth of November. The purpose of this day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy and those people active in the philanthropic community to the enrichment of our world.

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.

There are eight different categories nominations are submitted to: Outstanding Philanthropic Faith-Based Organization, Outstanding Philanthropist, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, Outstanding Service Organization, Outstanding Corporation/Business, Outstanding Foundation, Outstanding Fundraising Professional, and Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy. View past winners here.

Several individuals and organizations were nominated for their philanthropic efforts including: Ascend Performance Materials, Karoline Barkley, The Birthday Party, Michele DuMond, Gulf Power Foundation, Hancock Whitney Bank, Hill Kelly Dodge, Innisfree Hotels, International Paper, Andrea Krieger, Northwest Florida Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Kim and Julian MacQueen, Sally McConnell, Melba Bayers Meyers Charitable Trust, Valerie and Ray Russenberger, Michelle Salzman, Santa Rosa Energy Center, Scott Westmark and Associates Allstate Agency, Studer Community Institute, United Way of West Florida, and Rob and Judie Zitzewitz.

Nominees will be honored on Friday, November 15, 2019, at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, located at the Pensacola Yacht Club. Tickets and tables are now available through the event page and Facebook. Doors open at 11:00 am and the program will begin promptly at 11:30 am.

National Philanthropy Day Events and Important Dates

Event Sponsors

The National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, presented by Pen Air Federal Credit Union, is made possible by our generous and community-minded sponsors.

Presenting Sponsor: Pen Air Federal Credit Union
Appleyard Agency
Gulf Power
Baptist Health Care
IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and The Fund Raising School
University of West Florida

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email