2022 Nominations

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Full list of questions for each category is listed below.
Thank you for helping us celebrate philanthropy in Arkansas through nominating deserving individuals and organizations for this year's National Philanthropy Day. The Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is excited for this year's event as we recognize the impact your nominees have in our community. In 2021, we expanded our award winners to include finalists. We will continue this model in every category except Outstanding Philanthropist and Outstanding Fundraising Professional. Additionally, we have added a new category: Outstanding Young Professional.

You have the opportunity to nominate in one or multiple categories. You can submit all your nominations at once, or submit them individually as you gather your information. Each question should not exceed 500 words. Finally, though not required, AFP Arkansas will accept up to 2 recommendation letters (in PDF form) for each nomination.

If you have any questions or issues with the nominations form, please contact the 2022 National Philanthropy Day Nominations Chair, Ryan Miller, at rmiller@arkansasfoodbank.org.

A full list of questions can be found for each category below.

Important Dates

Deadline for nominations - Noon on June 10th
Finalists and Winners Determined - By the end of June 2022
National Philanthropy Day 2022 - November 17, 2022 (tentative)

List of 2022 Awards

Outstanding Philanthropist Award

Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award

Outstanding Fundraising Young Professional Award

Outstanding Corporation Award

Outstanding Foundation Award

Outstanding Volunteer Organization Award

Outstanding Volunteer Youth Group Award

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award

Outstanding Volunteer Youth Fundraiser Award



Questions for AFP - Arkansas Philanthropy Day Nominations


Outstanding Philanthropist Award
Presented to an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles in a community, national and/or international level.

  1. For each organization/cause supported by the nominee, describe the (1) the gifts provided, (2) additional participation and (3) impact of the nominee’s gift and work on the organization’s ability to provide programs and services. (500 word limit)
  2. Describe the innovation/creativity/leadership in the causes the nominee supported, how issues were addressed or solved and how the nominee’s work encouraged and motivated others to get involved with and/or take leadership roles in philanthropy. (500 word limit)


Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award
Presented to an outstanding fundraising professional who is an AFP member of good standing, works directly for a non-profit, charitable organization, or has worked for a non-profit for at least 10 years with the majority of their time being spent on fundraising. 

  1. For each organization where the nominee has held a significant fundraising position (not necessarily entry-level but that position can be included if important), provide description of (1) position and responsibilities; (2) specific projects and campaigns completed; (3) funds raised—actual number and percentage growth; and (4) IMPACT of the nominee’s work on the organization’s programs. (500 word limit)
  2. Provide description of the nominee’s leadership, such as development of new programs and departments, significant increases in return on fundraising investment, successful management of key programs, creating new organizational cultures and/or introduction of innovative and creative ideas, focusing on impact. (500 word limit)
  3. Describe the nominee’s commitment to continuing professional development, including involvement with AFP, its mission of advancing ethical fundraising and the fundraising profession, certification (CFRE or ACFRE, or equivalent certification), conference participation, publication and voluntary service and/or financial support of nonprofit organizations. (500 word limit)

Outstanding Fundraising Young Professional Award

The Outstanding Fundraising Young Professional will be presented to an individual under the age of 40 by December 31, 2022 who has already been successful in demonstrating exemplary, creative and innovative work in their careers, as well as a strong commitment to the profession, including engagement with AFP and community and volunteer work.

  1. For each organization where the nominee has been employed, describe the individual work of the nominee, including descriptions of (1) position and responsibilities; (2) specific projects, programs and/or campaigns the nominee worked on; and (3) evidence of exemplary work, career achievements, creativity, innovation and leadership roles. (500 word limit)
  2. Describe the nominee’s commitment to continuing professional development, including involvement with AFP, its mission of advancing ethical fundraising and the fundraising profession, certification (CFRE or ACFRE, or equivalent certification), conference participation, publication and voluntary service and/or financial support of nonprofit organizations. (500 word limit)

Outstanding Corporation Award
Presented to a corporation, or its corporate foundation, that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement. 

  1. Describe the overall gift support by the nominee and general approach and philosophy to philanthropy and charitable support. (500 word limit)
  2. For each major cause, initiative or nonprofit supported by the nominee, describe the (1) philanthropic support (money, time and other resources), (2) innovation and creativity in addressing the issue or cause, and (3) work in encouraging and motivating others (e.g., employees, clients, customers, the public) to get involved with and/or take leadership roles in philanthropy. (500 word limit)

Outstanding Foundation Award
Presented to a grant making Foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and national, international, and/or community involvement. Please note: Foundations supporting only one organization are not eligible to receive this award.

  1. For each major program area/cause/initiative, describe the nominee’s (1) philanthropic support (including money, time and other resources), (2) innovation or creativity in addressing the issue and (3) the leadership role the nominee played. (500 word limit)
  2. For each major program area/cause/initiative, describe the impact of the nominee’s philanthropic support, innovation and creativity and leadership, and work in encouraging and motivating others to get involved with and/or take leadership roles in philanthropy. (500 word limit)

Outstanding Volunteer Organization Award
Presented to an organization, or group of volunteers, that have demonstrated exceptional commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

  1. For each organization/cause for which the nominee has helped raise funds, describe their (a) ability to organize and manage campaigns and events and (b) time, effort and organization's financial commitment. (500 word limit)
  2. Describe evidence of impact of volunteer hours worked had on the organization’s ability to provide programs and services. (can include examples of financial impact, community service, or programmatic support). (500 word limit)

Outstanding Volunteer Youth Group Award
Presented to a group of young people ages 5-23 who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy.

  1. Describe in detail of what the nominee did, including goals, process, budget (if relevant) and other people involved in the process (adult leaders or adviser, etc.) and of the time, talent and/or treasure the youth gave for the common good and the results that were achieved. (500 word limit)
  2. Provide evidence of the impact of volunteer hours worked had on the organization’s ability to provide programs and services. (can include examples of financial impact, community service, or programmatic support). (500 word limit)

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award

Presented to an individual or family that demonstrates outstanding skills in coordinating and motivating groups of donors and volunteers for fundraising projects for the benefit of charitable institutions. The recipient must have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in coordinating groups of donors and volunteers for major fundraising projects for more than one nonprofit organization.

  1. For each organization/cause for which the nominee has helped raise funds, describe the (1) leadership role and responsibilities, (2) ability to organize and manage campaigns and groups, (3) funds raised, (4) time, effort and personal financial commitment and (5) IMPACT the nominee and his/her work had on the organization’s ability to provide programs and services. (500 word limit)
  2. Describe the nominee’s support of other nonprofits where he or she may not have led fundraising efforts, but was active on boards and committees and gave and volunteered to the organizations. (500 word limit)


Outstanding Volunteer Youth Fundraiser Award
Presented to an individual age 5-23, who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy.

  1. Describe in detail of what the nominee did, including goals, process, budget (if relevant) and other people involved in the process (adult leaders or adviser, etc.) and of the time, talent and/or treasure the youth gave for the common good and the results that were achieved. (500 word limit)
  2. Describe the impact the nominee had on the community, including numbers of people involved, financial impact, organizations helped, etc. Please include the names and contact information of individuals at the organizations who benefited from the nominee’s work. (500 word limit)
About National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the impact of philanthropy in the world around us. It's a day to honor those people active in the philanthropic community who have made our lives, our communities and our world a better place.

Billions of dollars are given every year to just causes. Millions of programs and services administered to those in need. Individuals are connected to cause and to each other. Civic participation and important societal bonds are created and strengthened through philanthropy as we work to improve the quality of life for all people.

In Central Arkansas the impact of philanthropy is beyond impressive. As fund development professionals, we have the unique opportunity to work with people and organizations that are responsible for impacting the missions we champion.

National Philanthropy Day will be held on November 17, 2022.