2023 Philanthropy Awards Nominations

The AFP Philanthropy Awards celebration presents the opportunity to recognize leadership in philanthropy and volunteerism, and to pay tribute to those whose inspiring accomplishments have enriched our communities.  AFP is committed to the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) in the fundraising profession, the philanthropic sector and throughout all of society. We hope that nominations for Philanthropy Awards will reflect and recognize these values. Our Selections Committee will use the IDEA principles to guide the selection process and encourage nominators to use these ideals as a lens on their nominations. Learn more about IDEA and AFP at AFP Global.

Nominees who have impacted non-profit organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington are eligible. Not all awards are awarded each year. Nomination deadline is Friday, April 14.

Vollum Award for Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement recognizes individuals who have tirelessly committed themselves to bettering their community through serving, funding and enlisting support for a range of community charitable causes.

Outstanding Philanthropist(s) pays tribute to exceptional donors who generously provide a lead gifts or substantially assist nonprofit organizations with their philanthropic leadership.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser is presented to a special volunteer who motivates others to give, commits time and energy without compensation and provides talent for strategy, relationship enhancement and the successful solicitation of donations.

Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation recognizes a community-minded corporate citizen that, through their foundation, corporate giving program, or employees, commits significant resources to assist organizations in meeting community needs.

Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation recognizes a community grantmaking organization that offers encouragement and motivation to nonprofits and grantmakers while supporting nonprofit organizational goals.

Outstanding Volunteer Group recognizes that volunteers are the lifeblood— they start, support and/or enhance the programs and services that organizations provide and can make the difference in an organization being able to serve its community.

Youth in Philanthropy celebrates young people (college or younger) who have improved the community and increased opportunities for others through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy.

Outstanding Innovative Project recognizes groups’ exceptional innovation and creativity resulting in community impact by increasing awareness and public understanding.

Thomas Lamb Eliot Award for Service to Philanthropy
The Dr. Reverend Thomas Lamb Eliot served as senior minister at First Unitarian Church of Portland for more than a quarter century (1867-1893). As a civic leader, his sense of community concern led him to join the board, and most often as president with the following organizations that we now hold dear to us, including Reed College, Oregon Humane Society, Boys & Girls Aid Society, Portland Library Association, Multnomah County Schools, Park Commissioners and the Portland Art Association.  In this spirit of community service the Association of Fundraising Professionals, AFP Oregon, established the Thomas Lamb Eliot award to recognize individuals who have served nonprofits and the community through dedicated service.

Allan Price Award for Lifetime Service to the Fundraising Profession recognizes fundraising professionals who demonstrate exceptional skill and enthusiasm for their work, who pursue big ideas and successfully engage others in achieving them, and who inspire new levels of giving among donors