NPD 2019

National Philanthropy Day 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, communities and our world. 

The Greater Wichita Chapter received nominations in the categories of Outstanding Philanthropist, Outstanding Corporation, Outstanding Fundraising Executive, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, Outstanding Foundation, and Outstanding New Professional from which our 2019 Honorees from chosen by a selection committee. Please come help us celebrate these outstanding people in our own community! 

National Philanthropy Day will be held at the Hyatt Regency Wichita, 400 W. Waterman, Wichita KS on November 15, 2019 - Get registered here for both the morning workshops and awards luncheon!

If you are interested in purchasing a table of 10 ($450), please contact Bridget Mersmann at

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Join us for National Philanthropy Day morning workshops featuring Professor John D. Trybus of Georgetown University.

John is a story scientist on a mission to teach change makers around the world to create and tell better stories that bring their organization’s important missions and visions to life.

He leads Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication, a renowned research and action center working to ignite the power of responsible marketers, communicators, fundraisers, and journalists to combine their strengths within an organization in order to drive societal change. A purposeful integrator himself, John's career journey has spanned sectors in pursuit of making impact. A life-changing encounter with world-famous chimpanzee expert and United Nations Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall, led him to become her personal advisor at the Jane
Goodall Institute. He traveled nonstop with the environmental rockstar on a her perpetual 300-day-per-year advocacy tour that took them around the globe working to inspire people to conserve the natural world we all share by realizing that every individual makes a difference. Whiskey—with a spot of water from the tap, per Jane's request—was the fuel that kept the tour going city-after-city.

John has also served as strategist at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. and within the social innovation practice of Waggener Edstrom (now WE Communications) advising clients like Tiffany & Co., L'Oreal Paris, Coca-Cola, Safeway, Microsoft, Women for Women International and CARE.

At Georgetown University, John is a popular professor of storytelling and other topics. A highly sought after keynote speaker and master trainer, he has worked with hundreds of groups from organizations including the National Park Service, Smithsonian, United Way, World Bank, NPR, Kresge Foundation, Department of Education, ConEdison, FDA and the Knight Foundation. His work has been featured in media such as The Washington Post, NPR, CBC News, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Non Profit Times and the Chicago Tribune.