National Philanthropy Day KC

NFD banquet
NFD banquet
NFD banquet

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. 

When you nominate a volunteer, donor, colleague, or business you not only recognize the best philanthropists in Kansas City, you also raise awareness of the vital role of area nonprofit organizations in our community.

A list of past honorees can be found here.


March 2: Nominations open. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Learn more

March 31 April 7: Intent to Nominate Deadline

April 15: Full nominations requested of qualifying nominees

May 6: Deadline for full nominations

Week of May 15: Honorees notified

September: Sponsorship Deadline for inclusion in invitation

November 12: National Philanthropy Day Event

2020 Award Categories

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 Fundraising
honors a fundraising professional or team that has demonstrated achievement through a successful campaign, initiative or career. The individual or team must currently work directly for or with a not-for-profit, charitable organization.

*in partnership with the Mid-America Charitable Gift Planners (MACGP)