2021 National Philanthropy Day

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National Philanthropy Day | Association of Fundraising Professionals
Thank you for joining us!

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Chapter (AFPSBV) was proud to host the 2021 National Philanthropy Day awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 16 at the Museum of Ventura County. We wish to thank our co-presenting sponsors Montecito Bank & Trust and Santa Barbara Foundation for their support of our chapter. We also extend our appreciation to the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, Ernesto Paredes, Executive Director, Easy Lift Transportation, Inc. 

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.  

2021 Honorees

Click on the honorees names below to view their video.

Philanthropist of the Year – Santa Barbara
Elisabeth Fowler

Philanthropist of the Year – Ventura
Ellen Brokaw

Volunteer of the Year – Santa Barbara
Lucille Boss

Volunteer of the Year – Ventura
Susan Burgos

Youth in Philanthropy
Jordan and Jaden Lind

Professional Fundraiser of the Year
Stacy Swanson, CFRE

Champions for Social Justice
Connie Alexander, Founder, Gateway Educational Services
Audrey Gamble, Founder, Gateway Educational Services

Exceptional Achievement
Foothills Forever Donors and Volunteers

COVID-19 Health & Safety Policy

COVID-19 Policy

In following local and national health and safety guidelines, we are requiring all guests to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours prior to the event).

In order to expedite the check-in process, please come prepared to show your government-issued ID along with your vaccination card, Personal Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/ ) or your negative test result. A photo of your vaccination card or negative test result saved to your phone is sufficient.

Additional Safety Protocols

  • Masks and individual hand sanitizers will be given to all guests upon entry
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed
  • Masks will be required in all indoor spaces
  • We kindly ask guests to wear masks when not actively eating or drinking and practice social distancing whenever possible, regardless of vaccination status

COVID-19 Testing Information
Unvaccinated guests will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to the event. Please visit VC Recovers for testing sites available near you. Tests must be taken no earlier than Saturday, November 13th at 4 p.m. in order to meet entry requirements.


When is my last chance to receive the vaccine?

In order to be fully vaccinated in time for the event, guests will need to be fully vaccinated by Tuesday, November 2nd – receive your final dose of the Pfizer or Moderna two-dose vaccine or your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by November 9th.

Where can I get vaccinated?

Please visit VC Recovers for vaccine availability in Ventura County.

What if I receive my COVID-19 vaccine after November 2?

Per CDC Guidelines, people are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). Therefore, individuals who have completed their vaccine series after November 2 will still need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result.

What are the requirements for children attending?

All guests, including children of all ages, must provide proof of a negative COVID test or provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

What kind of COVID tests will be accepted?

PCR and Antigen tests conducted by a testing center or lab. No at-home, self-administered test results will be accepted.

When do I need to take my COVID test?

The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to the event – no EARLIER than Saturday, November 13th at 4 p.m.

**IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT COVID TESTING** PLAN AHEAD! The demand for COVID tests is extremely high right now, call a testing center today and make an appointment – testing centers can be found at VC Recovers.

Guest Safety Acknowledgement
By entering this event, you voluntarily assume the risk that you may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19. It is the sole responsibility of the event patrons, parent/guardian of minors, vendors, performers, volunteers, sponsors, and all people entering the venue to understand the potential risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19.

We ask guests to not attend if any of the following is true for you or anyone in your party:

  • Within 14 days before attending NPD you tested positive, or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
  • Within 48 hours prior to attending NPD, you have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • Within 14 days prior to attending NPD, you have traveled to any international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.

AFP, Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter (AFP-SBV) is following all current Ventura County Public Health Guidelines and will continue to do so until the date of NPD. AFP-SBV and the Museum of Ventura County also reserve the right to change/update the requirements, up until the day of the event, for the safety of the guests.

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.

To purchase your sponsorship online, click here.

2021 Chapter Sponsors

Thank you to our 2021 Chapter Sponsors

Co-Presenting Sponsors

Premiere Sponsors

Partner Sponsors

Community Chapter Sponsors


Friend Sponsors

Media Sponsor



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