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National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is a special day set aside each year to recognize and celebrate the many contributions that philanthropists, board members, volunteers, civic and corporate leaders, and nonprofit champions have made in our community.  Now more than ever, we sing the praises of those who step up in times of insurmountable challenge. Given the global circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are adapting in true, southern Arizona form, with creativity and enthusiasm for our community.

This year, we are thrilled to announce a virtual celebration of NPD.

On Friday, November 13, 2020, the Association of Fundraising Professionals will be leaping into the digital age and honoring the health and well-being of those we care for most by streaming a very special celebration of our 2020 honorees. This unique, virtual event will offer a special way to celebrate from afar with enhanced digital recognition of this year’s honorees.

There are several ways that you can be a part of this special day:

  • Celebrate our 7 Honorees by registering for the event
    • Option: Upgrade to VIP and host a private viewing party
  • Recognize an individual or group with a Spirit of Philanthropy Award
  • Purchase an Ad in the program – New! Digital and print in 2020
  • Become a National Philanthropy Day Sponsor

See below for more information.

Have a question that’s not answered here? Your 2020 NPD Co-Chairs are happy to connect with you! Reach out to the NPD 2020 Gemma Thomas at or Travis Craddock at

Celebrate our Big 7 and Spirit of Philanthropy Awardees – Register Today!


Seven major awards will be presented to individuals and organizations whose philanthropic contributions and dedicated volunteerism improve the quality of life in our community. Congratulations to the 2020 National Philanthropy Day Honorees:

  • Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year: Adaline Klemmedson
  • Outstanding Foundation Philanthropist: The Connie Hillman Family Foundation
  • Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist: Creatista Films and Photography
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Janos Wilder
  • Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Lana Baldwin, CFRE
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Julia Wieland
  • Crisis Response in Philanthropy (exclusive 2020 only!): Community Foundation for Southern Arizona

VIP Party Starter Packs

Stream the virtual event from your boardroom, living room, or elsewhere.

*Pro-tip: host a private viewing party with your nearest and dearest. We value physical distancing and face coverings, and believe that doesn’t need to deter you from a socially responsible celebration!

VIP Party Starter Pack Options

$50 VIP Party Pack – includes $25 Gift Card to Local Restaurant & Split of Champagne
$100 VIP Party Pack – includes $50 Gift Card to Local Restaurant & Bottle of Champagne
$250 VIP Party Pack – includes $100 Gift Card to Local Restaurant & 2 Bottles of Champagne

Not ready to upgrade your tickets with a VIP Party Starter Pack?

Not to worry! Register for FREE today and visit this page any time before the event to add to your NPD 2020 experience.


Recognize a Spirit of Philanthropy

Recognize an Individual, Group, or Organization with a Spirit of Philanthropy Award

Submit yours today! The Spirit of Philanthropy Award recognizes individuals or organizations who exemplify philanthropy through their contributions of time, talent, and treasure. Formal praise for those who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and vision in support of your organization’s goals not only confirms their efforts but also inspires others in southern Arizona. The Spirit of Philanthropy Award is an opportunity to recognize individuals or organizations who significantly give back to southern Arizona. Questions, contact Courtney Slanaker at



Become a National Philanthropy Day Sponsor

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Southern Arizona Chapter is seeking sponsors to assist us in advancing ethical and effective fundraising by sponsoring the 2020 NPD Virtual Celebration. In its 32nd year, this celebration has developed a strong attendance, averaging over 700 attendees in previous years. To become a sponsor today or with questions, please contact Lisa Robinson at .

More Information

Purchase an Ad – New! Digital and Print

Honor an awardee or promote your business

In order to honor an awardee or promote your business, a high-quality Program is designed to highlight sponsors, awardees, and nominating organizations. New this year! Digital and printed Program available. To buy an ad now and honor your favorite award winner, click below or contact Lana Baldwin