National Philanthropy Day Nominations

Criteria for AFP - Arkansas Philanthropy Day Nominations

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. Career achievements, length and tenure of fundraising background, experience and results. 
  2. Quality of leadership (i.e. - effective, creative, stimulating) and involvement as a team player.
  3. Active participation in AFP (i.e. attendance at local AFP events, monthly meetings, board member, etc.) and practice to promote the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice for fundraising professionals.
  4. Commitment to fundraising and philanthropy through voluntary service and financial support of non-profit organizations.
  5. Recipient must have at least 10 years of professional experience. 

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. Evidence of philanthropic support of innovative approaches to solving problems locally or statewide. 
  2. Impact of gift support and achievements accomplished through the corporation’s efforts. 
  3. Attitude and approach to corporate responsibility, philanthropy and charitable support. 
  4. Evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

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. Evidence of philanthropic support of innovated approaches to solving problems local or statewide. 
  2. Description of impact of gift support and achievements accomplished through the foundation’s efforts.
  3. Evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

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. Direct financial contribution/support to the community. 
  2. Support of projects or programs beyond the community, if applicable and impact of financial contribution on projects in the community and specific achievements (such as new programs launched through its efforts). 
  3. Evidence of impact of volunteer hours worked.


Outstanding Volunteer Youth Fundraiser 
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. Activities 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. 
  2. Impact on the community, including numbers of people involved, financial organizations who benefited from the nominee’s work. 
  3. Long term (1-2 years) impact of work (i.e. - will the project(s) be ongoing, next steps or involvement in other projects).
  4. Evidence that the project(s) can serve as a prototype for others or is easily replicable in other communities.


Outstanding Volunteer Youth Group 
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. Activities 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. 
  2. Impact on the community, including numbers of people involved, financial organizations who benefited from projects.
  3. Long term (1-2 years) impact of projects (i.e. - will the project(s) be ongoing, next steps or involvement in other projects).
  4. Evidence that the project(s) can serve as a prototype for others or is easily replicated in other communities.

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. Participation in and gift support of non-profit organizations in the community.
  2. Philanthropic support of innovative approaches to solving problems.
  3. Evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles in philanthropy (i.e. challenge gifts, matching gifts, volunteering, etc.).

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. Participation in and gift support of non-profit organizations in their community. 
  2. Philanthropic support of innovative approaches to solving problems.
  3. Evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles in philanthropy (i.e. challenge gifts, matching gifts, volunteering, etc.).
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 18, 2021.