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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. Nominate an honoree/honorees for one of the seven National Philanthropy Day Awards this year. Recognize an individual or organization with a Spirit of Philanthropy Award. Become a sponsor, purchase an ad, and learn more below!

For more information, please reach out to the NPD 2020 Co-chairs Gemma Thomas at or Travis Craddock at


Nominate an Individual or Organization for a National Philanthropy Day Award

Seven major awards will be presented to individuals and organizations whose philanthropic contributions and dedicated volunteerism improve the quality of life in our community. You can nominate for the following:

  • Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
  • Outstanding Corporate or Corporate Foundation Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Foundation Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Fundraising Professional
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
  • Crisis Response in Philanthropy Exclusive 2020 Only!

The nomination deadline in June 5, 2020. Questions, contact NPD Nominations Chair, Ally Baehr at

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Recognize an Individual or Organization with a Spirit of Philanthropy Award

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. Nominations are due by July 30, 2020. Questions, contact Courtney Slanaker at

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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 .

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Purchase an Ad in the Program to Honor an Awardee

In order to honor our generous and impactful awardees, 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