National Philanthropy Day KC


Thank you to all who attended our event on November 7, 2023 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center!

 National Philanthropy Day was founded in 1986 by presidential proclamation of the Association of Fundraising Professionals to recognize charitable giving in all its forms. AFPKC celebrates this day locally with an annual special event honoring Kansas City individuals and companies that embody the spirit of philanthropy. 

Information for our 2024 event will be announced in the coming months. 

AFPKC honorees for 2023:

Spirit of Philanthropy – FamilyChandra Family, Nominated by KC CARE Health Center
Spirit of Philanthropy – BusinessMazuma Credit Union, Nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City
Spirit of Philanthropy – YouthBrendan Zahner, Nominated by Harvester’s Community Food Network
Excellence in Development Operations
Tish Sjuts, Nominated by Midwest Innocence Project
Excellence in FundraisingJennifer J.E. Wampler, CFRE, Nominated by KC Ballet with support from Arts Council of Johnson County, John Hunkeler, Jennifer Ingraham, Patricia Macdonald and Amy Winterscheidt

For AFPKC’s 50th anniversary, the chapter hosted Fundraising Forward, a professional development opportunity, directly followed by the National Philanthropy Day celebration. 


2023 Honorees, pictured below from left to right:
Dr. Mahesh Chandra, Ingrid Chandra, Dr. Kiran Chandra, Spirit of Philanthropy – Family; Tish Sjuts, Excellence in Development Operations; Brendan Zahner, Spirit of Philanthropy – Youth; Mark Thompson, Mezuma Credit Union, Spirit of Philanthropy – Business; Jennifer J.E. Wampler, CFRE, Excellence in Fundraising

Check out this slideshow of images from our 2022 Celebration:

Thank you to our Exclusive Media Partner!

Thank you to our 2023 Presenting Sponsor!








Marites Altuna
Matt Astleford
Evie Craig
Michelle Davis
Adrianne A. DeWeese, MPA
Shelly Doucet 
David M. Fulk
Chad Harris, Ed.D.
Chad Jansen, CFRE, CFRM - Donor Centric Consulting
Jane Lampo
Mary Ontko
Margaret Perkins-McGuinness
Dionne Pleasant, CFRE
Kimberlee Ried
Jamie Roach
Lindsey Rood-Clifford
Neil Robertson
Daniel Ryan
Elisa Shields
Chris Stibbs, CFRE
Marissa Todd

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