National Philanthropy Day

2019 National Philanthropy Day


The Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) hosted its annual National Philanthropy Day (NPD) honoree luncheon on November 15, 2019 at Lake Shore Country Club in Erie, PA.

The National Philanthropy Day luncheon is an opportunity to honor the outstanding philanthropists making an impact in the communities of northwest Pennsylvania who inspire everyday philanthropy. More than 150 people are expected to attend the NPD luncheon, which recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions to countless charities and causes in northwestern Pennsylvania. Across North America, more than 100 AFP chapters and nearly 50,000 people will participate in NPD events.

“National Philanthropy Day is the day we recognize and pay tribute to the contributions that philanthropy -- and philanthropists -- have made to our great city and our nation," noted Kelly Stolar, President of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter. “With the federal government downsizing, charities have to rely more and more on individual contributions. Our honorees have made the commitment to support philanthropy in community of northwestern Pennsylvania and keep the spirit of civic betterment alive and strong."

This year, the Erie community celebrates the work of these impressive philanthropists:

Outstanding Youth Philanthropist Erie Day School Student Body

EDS.pngErie Day School’s student body participates annually in multiple philanthropic activities to provide for the causes in which they believe.

Students age two to grade eight are all involved in service learning and to help tackle real-life problems in our community, our region, and the world. This honoree was nominated by Julie Kresge, CFRE, Director, Development & Marketing, Erie Day School.

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization, Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania

Sisters of St. Joseph of NWPAEverything the Sisters of St. Joseph do is in response to ever-changing needs. Their ministries have included education, healthcare, social services, neighborhood revitalization, and outreach to women. Today, they also include ministries of presence and efforts to raise awareness without immigration reform and the problem of human trafficking. This honoree was nominated by Almitra Clerkin, Associate Vice President for University Advancement, Gannon University.

Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Fundraisers, Jim and Judy Dible

Jim and Judy DibleJim and Judy Dible always seem to be at the epicenter of the “greatness” in Erie. They are instrumental in finding solutions to strategically support organizations for the long-haul and not as a temporary fix. They are influencers in the most positive way and willingly lend their names, time, and financial support to projects and programs with their forward-thinking philanthropy and volunteerism. This honoree was nominated by Kristina Huber, CFRE, Executive Director, Millcreek Education Foundation.

Outstanding Philanthropist, Andrew J. Conner

Andrew J. ConnerAndrew J. Conner’s incredible generosity and philanthropic spirit inspires others to give. He shares his stories of philanthropy, motivation for giving, and passion for causes in an effort to shine a light on the things he holds dear and to encourage others to consider how they can “Achieve, Serve and Lead.” He continues to make an impact through his involvement, generosity, vision, and philanthropic spirit. This honoree was nominated by Jennifer Farrar, CFRE, Executive Director, Asbury Woods.

The National Philanthropy Day committee is led by Lisa Louis, Catholic Foundation of Northwest PA. The committee members include: Michelle Basista, Catholic Foundation of Northwest PA; Matt Bocchi, Allegheny College; Kris Huber, Millcreek Education Foundation; Julie Kresge, Erie Day School; Jan Stork, Make a Wish; Carissa Snarski, Asbury Woods; and Dawn Johnson, AFP Chapter Administrator.

National Philanthropy Day in the News

November 10, Erie Times News

November 15, WJET/