Excellence in Philanthropy Awards

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Since 1981, AFP NJ’s Excellence in Philanthropy Awards have recognized the achievements of some of the most notable citizens and organizations in our state who have dedicated their efforts toward making New Jersey a better place. 

The Awards Ceremony is 


Please add your name to our waitlist. You will be notified as soon as a ticket is available.

Association of Fundraising Professionals New Jersey Chapter 

cordially invites you to attend the

Excellence in Philanthropy Awards Ceremony

September 21, 2023

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

The Maplewood Club

489 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood, NJ 07040 

Join AFP-NJ to honor and celebrate New Jersey’s finest representatives of the philanthropic community!

Congratulations 2023 Honorees

 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser
The Robert J. Smythe Award

Denise Soto

Chief Development Officer

Oaks Integrated Care

Nonprofit Advocate

Morgan Thompson


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Outstanding Philanthropist
(Organizational budget >$1M)

Ed McKenna and Mark Montenero

Board Members

Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation

Outstanding Philanthropist
(Organizational budget <$1M)

Lisa Amato

Board Chair

The Writing Revolution

Community Organization

YMCA of Greater Monmouth County

Emerging Fundraiser

Angela Marie Tayco

Development & Communications Manager

Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss

Outstanding Corporation

 in New Jersey

Panasonic Corporation of North America

2023 Excellence in Philanthropy Awards' Committees

Committee Members

Jon Paparsenos, Co-Chair

Natalie Krauser, Co-Chair

Gwen Paxon

Andrew Miller

Selection Committee Members

Michael Baker, Chair

Sidney Jackson

Robert (Bob) Dent

Samantha Mitchell-Hope

Become a 2023 Excellence in Philanthropy Awards

Celebration Sponsor 


The Awards breakfast is a wonderful opportunity to invite your staff and board members to celebrate the profession of philanthropy and the impact it is making in New Jersey. It is a great way to network, share ideas, and meet the people shaping our profession's future. 

We have various sponsor and journal ad opportunities to give your business or organization broad exposure to nonprofit organizations and leaders throughout New Jersey.

Tickets and commemorative journal ads are included in sponsorships but can also be purchased separately.

View past Excellence in Philanthropy Awards honorees and our valued sponsors

Excellence Honorees





Chapter Sponsors

Chapter Platinum Sponsor

Chapter Silver Sponsors

Chapter Bronze Sponsors