2021 National Philanthropy Day

AFPLogo325x50 ballston.png
National Philanthropy Day | Association of Fundraising Professionals


Join us on
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

We are excited to host the 2021 National Philanthropy Day celebration in-person.  The safety, caution, and comfort of all who plan to attend is our priority #1.  The event planning committee and AFP Chapter board leadership will be closely monitoring CDC guidelines and state/county/venue regulations as our date grows near.  COVID-19 developments that necessitate additional precautions will be put in place and strictly adhered to. 

National Philanthropy Day is a special day to recognize and pay tribute to the individuals, organizations and businesses who generously give their time, talents and resources for the enrichment and benefit of our communities.  This year, the AFP Santa Barbara Ventura Counties will join chapters across the country to celebrate the giving spirit and exemplary leaders of our philanthropic community.  

First held locally in 1987, National Philanthropy Day recognizes the great contributions of philanthropy- and those people active in the philanthropic community who have enriched our world.  It also provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible.  

The event will honor a recipient from each of the following categories: Philanthropists of the Year (Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties), Volunteers of the Year (Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties) Youth in Philanthropy (Age Range 16- 23), Professional Fundraiser of the Year, and Champion for Social Justice. 

2021 Nominations


Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. 

Nomination Criteria

2021 Sponsorship Opportunities

National Philanthropy Day (NPD) acknowledges the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. Each year, AFP chapters around the nation honor individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities, and 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.

Sponsors of National Philanthropy Day gain visibility and increased brand awareness through logo and material presence at the event, and in media outreach and materials. 

New! Chapter Sponsorships

Join us as an AFPSBV Chapter Sponsor and, for the first time, enjoy high visibility all year long among a thousand non-profit leaders and fundraising professionals across both Santa Barbara and Ventura counties – this includes a valuable presence at the 2021 National Philanthropy Day Celebration and 2022 Symposium on Fundraising.

Chapter Sponsors at every level, from $5,000 to $500 will be prominently listed on the Chapter website and in the AFPSBV monthly eNewsletter.  We will always feature you leading up to events and thank you from the podium.  Perhaps you’d like to sponsor one of our seven awards at National Philanthropy Day or one of our nationally recognized speakers at the AFP Symposium!  Or maybe you wish to host a special drawing during Symposium or one of our luncheons?   Please see sponsorship benefits associated with each category by clicking here – we are happy to provide a customized sponsorship experience that works best for you, just ask!

Learn more about 2021 Chapter Sponsorship Opportunities here.

2021 Chapter Sponsors

Co-Presenting Chapter Sponsors



Previous National Philanthropy Day Honorees

Philanthropist of the Year
Kate Mclean
Volunteer of the Year
Karen Allen
Youth in Philanthropy
Zoomers to Boomers
Professional Fundraiser of the Year
Claudia Armann
Special for 2020 - Exceptional Adaptability 
Kids and Families Together
New in 2020 - Champions for Social Justice 
Krystle Farmer Sieghart and Simone Akila Ruskamp