National Philanthropy Day Recognition


National Philanthropy Day® is a special day set aside to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy - and those people active in the philanthropic community - to the enrichment of our world. 

National Philanthropy Day was on November 15, 2020. This gave us at AFP Central PA an opportunity to celebrate the incredible philanthropy in our communities. Philanthropists are both young and old, founded in years of family tradition or bubbling up to respond to a crisis or community need. They are individuals and grass roots groups, corporations large and small. Behind the scenes are fundraising professionals, making connections, sustaining relationships, directing donors to projects with the biggest impact, or aligned with personal causes that resonate deeply.

The week of November 9, we highlighted some of these incredible individuals, companies and professionals who make our communities more joyful, more hopeful and more connected. Each day on social media, we provided a snapshot of who they are, what they do, and why it matters.

Check out our Facebook page to view any of these videos of the Amazing community leaders.

Any organization can nominate individuals, businesses, and groups who have made Central Pennsylvania a better place to live and work through their dedication to philanthropy. 

Nominations for 2021 will be open shortly, please check back.

The following categories are available for nomination for National Philanthropy Day. 

Allied Professional of the Year is presented to individuals who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the nonprofit community by encouraging charitable giving among their clients and who are recognized as leaders in promoting civic and professional involvement.  

The nomination should include documentation of:

  • Charitable gifts that are the result of involvement with clients
  • Involvement in programs that encourage philanthropic activities
  • Training and educating the nonprofit community about planned gifts

Corporate Philanthropy - (can be small or big)This award is presented to a corporation or corporate foundation that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and volunteerism, encourages and motivates others to take philanthropic leadership roles in the community.

The nomination should include documentation of: 

  • Direct financial contributions to and/or support of the community
  • Impact of financial support or projects in the community
  • Specific achievements launched through the corporation’s philanthropic efforts

Fundraising Professional of the Year honors an individual fundraising professional who practices his or her profession in an exemplary manner.  Presented to individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership and expertise as professional fundraisers.  Nominees should have at least five years of professional fundraising experience, demonstrate a commitment to both the community and professional field of fundraising and development, and be a member of the AFP Central PA Chapter.

The nomination should include documentation of:

  • Leadership that is persuasive, effective, creative, and stimulating
  • The nominee’s ability to give his/her best as a team leader and as a mentor
  • Commitment to volunteerism and professional development 
  • Track record of raising funds
  • Member in the AFP Central PA Chapter

Philanthropic Group, Family or Individual is presented to an individual or family with a record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and who encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles in their communities.

The nomination should include documentation of: 

  • Direct monetary support to organization(s) in the community
  • Specific achievements launched through his/her efforts
  • Does the nominee encourage and motivate others to take leadership roles towards philanthropy and community involvement. Give examples

Young Philanthropist (Group or Individual) recognizes service by an individual or group of young people ages 5 to 25 at the time they are nominated, who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, and leadership in philanthropy.

Each nomination should include documentation of:

  • Time, talent and resources the nominee contributed to his or her cause(s)
  • Specific achievements launched through the nominee’s philanthropic efforts
  • Success in recruiting, leading and motivating others 
  • Impact of financial support or volunteerism in the community

A special thanks for Members 1st Credit Union for sponsoring National Philanthropy Day 2020

List of Previous Recipients