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Monday, November 25, 2024
Shenandoah Valley Conference Center
Hotel Madison, Harrisonburg, VA

National Philanthropy Day™ (NPD) is a luncheon and awards ceremony which recognizes and pays tribute to the philanthropic spirit of our community. Awards are presented in five different categories, demonstrating how people active in the philanthropic community have made a difference in our lives, our communities, and our world.

Questions? Enthusiasm? Are you interested in sponsoring this year's event? Please call NPD chair, Penny Imeson, at (540) 879-2681, or email Penny Imeson at director@rocktownhistory.org.


National Philanthropy Day™ (NPD), celebrating 32 years of philanthropy in the Shenandoah Valley, is a special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to our lives, our communities, and our world. 

The Shenandoah Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has awarded Philanthropist of the Year awards annually since 1991. These awards honor outstanding philanthropists who demonstrate exceptional charitable acts and civic responsibility in our region. Their generosity encourages others to engage in philanthropic activities and to seek leadership roles in our communities. 

Award categories are Individual Philanthropist, Spirit of Philanthropy, Youth in Philanthropy, and Sandra S. Neff Fundraising Executive. Nominations are typically accepted each year between May 15 and August 31. Please check back soon for the 2024 National Philanthropy Day nomination form. 


2023 Event details 

Our 2023 award winners were:

  • Youth in Philanthropy - BRCC Veterinary Technology Club
  • Corporate Philanthropy  - Steven & Robyn Faught with Shenandoah Automotive and Rittenhouse Auto Service
  • Spirit of Philanthropy - Debra Stiles Callison
  • Individual Philanthropy - Dr. Garner H. and Mae Frances Downey (Posthumously)
  • Sandra Neff Fundraising Executive - Lisa Shull, Explore More Discovery Museum

To learn more about our 2023 recipients, visit our YouTube channel to watch their videos!

On Monday, Nov. 20, 2023 we celebrated these wonderful philanthropists at our special NPD luncheon at Hotel Madison. Please visit our FaceBook page to see photos from the 2023 event. 


2023 Sponsors