National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day® is a special day in November set by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and celebrated around the world. 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.

Join us for National Philanthropy Day, a celebration of both the fundraising profession and those who are engaged with their community on a variety of levels.

Each year, the Hudson-Mohawk AFP Chapter board and membership nominate recipients for the annual National Philanthropy Day Awards. The awards recognize individuals, groups, and organizations that make impactful contributions to their communities, and pave the way for future philanthropic endeavors. The Hudson-Mohawk AFP Chapter is dedicated to mentoring and nurturing the spirit of philanthropy in both professional fundraisers as well as budding ones.

The AFP Hudson-Mohawk Chapter will be celebrating these winners on Thursday, September 19th at the conclusion of our Capital Region Fundraising Day Conference. 

Congratulations to our past National Philanthropy Day Award winners:


Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Marjorie Ward

Emerging Fundraising Leader: Ben Williams, Connect Center

Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Deneen Palmateer, Living Resources

Outstanding Philanthropic Business: Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family

Impact Award: Angelique Powell, The Blake Annex,


Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Siena College Women’s Basketball Team (Pink Zone Event)

Emerging Fundraising Leader: Samantha Coons, Union College

Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Susan Kaczynski, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York

Outstanding Philanthropic Business: Longfellow’s Hotel & Restaurant

Impact Award: Daquetta Jones, Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region


Youth in Philanthropy - Nick’s Round Table (of Nick’s Fight to be Healed)

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - David Ocasio Ross

Outstanding Fundraising Group - 100 Women Who Care

Outstanding Young Professional Fundraiser - Klare Ingram, CFRE, Saratoga Hospital Foundation

Outstanding Fundraising Professional - Joseph Heaney, Alzeimer’s Association of NENY

Outstanding Small Business Award - SIX Marketing


Youth in Philanthropy - Jeremy Wernick

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - Hamad Algahreeb

Outstanding Fundraising Group - Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild

Outstanding Young Professional Fundraiser - Stevie Fellows, Wellspring

Outstanding Fundraising Professional - Bonnie St. Onge, CFRE, IPH

Outstanding Small Business Award - Whip My Butta Organics


Youth in Philanthropy - Gabriel Donovan

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - Deborah Groesbeck Bennett

Outstanding Fundraising Group - Morning of Kindness

Outstanding Young Professional Fundraiser - Eric Guzman, CFRE, IPH

Outstanding Fundraising Professional - Marcia Steiner, Ellis Medicine

Outstanding Small Business Award - LMB Development Consulting, LLC


Youth in Philanthropy - South Glens Falls High School (Marathon Dance)

Collegiate Recognition in Philanthropy - Siena College Bonner Service Leaders

Outstanding Young Professional Fundraiser - Jonathan Richardson, CFRE, Albany Damien Center

Outstanding Young Professional Philanthropist - Peter Gannon, United Way of the Greater Capital Region