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. 

Spirit of Philanthropy – Individual/Family – honors an individual or family with a proven record of embodying the spirit of philanthropy through financial support, community service, and/or leadership.
Spirit of Philanthropy – Business – honors a corporation (or its corporate foundation) that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.
Spirit of Philanthropy – Youth – honors an individual or group of young people ages 5-23 who demonstrate outstanding commitment to community through direct financial support, volunteer service, or charitable partnerships.
Excellence in Legacy Giving – honors an exemplary planned giving relationship between a donor and charitable organization and/or fundraising professional.
Excellence in Development Operations – honors a fundraising professional or team that is a sustaining force vital to empowering organizational achievement and has demonstrated project based and/or career success in high impact, but often low visibility areas.
Excellence in Fundraising – honors a fundraising professional or team that has demonstrated achievement through a successful campaign, initiative or career. 

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

Watch the videos from 2023 honorees HERE.

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