National Philanthropy Day Awards

The Association of Fundraising Professionals hosts an annual National Philanthropy Day to publicly recognize the impact of fundraising professionals, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropic individuals and businesses within Golden Horseshoe area. We wish to celebrate the charitable work that makes a difference and creates a lasting impact in our community.

Nominations for our 2024 event will open in May 2024, and remain open for approximately two months. It is anticipated that honourees will be announced before September, 2024.

NOTE: Nominees who have won in the past 10 years are ineligible to be considered. Nominees who have won 11+ years ago may be nominated again. To view an archive of recipient names, dating back to 2008, click here!

Awards Categories

The following accolades celebrate the remarkable contributions of individuals and organizations that have left a lasting impact on the Golden Horseshoe:

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
In recognition of outstanding volunteerism and leadership on the part of children and youth, 5 to 24 years of age, who are involved in philanthropic activities.

  • How has the nominee demonstrated exceptional volunteerism within the community?
  • In what ways has the nominee displayed leadership skills in their philanthropic activities?
  • Can you provide specific examples of the impact the nominee’s efforts have had on the community or individuals?
  • How does the nominee, aged 5 to 24, actively contribute to and engage in philanthropy?
  • Describe any initiatives or projects the nominee has undertaken to address community needs.

Outstanding Leadership and Focus on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)
Recognizes a non-profit organization within our region whose mission and focus is to support equity-seeking communities. Non-profit agencies or organizations, or special-purpose philanthropic groups (i.e. service clubs), that are committed to and empower their constituents, employees, and/or community by striving to meaningfully build a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility are eligible.

  • How does the nominated non-profit organization actively support and empower equity-seeking communities?
  • Provide examples of the organization’s efforts in building a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
  • How has the organization demonstrated a commitment to fostering a diverse and accessible environment for its constituents and employees?
  • Share instances where the organization has made a meaningful impact on equity-seeking communities.
  • Describe the nominee’s mission and focus in promoting IDEA within the community.

Outstanding Community Partner
In recognition of a private [charitable, family, community, or other] foundation or a special-purpose philanthropic group (i.e. service club) that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and local community involvement.

  • How has the private foundation or philanthropic group demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support?
  • In what ways has the nominee encouraged and motivated others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and local community involvement?
  • Provide examples of the impact of the nominee’s financial support on the community.
  • Share instances where the nominee has actively engaged with local organizations and initiatives.
  • Describe any unique or innovative approaches the nominee has taken in their philanthropic efforts.

Outstanding Philanthropist
In recognition of an individual or family that has demonstrated outstanding community and leadership through a proven record of exceptional engagement and philanthropic support. Winners will have encouraged and motivated others to take similar leadership roles toward philanthropy at the local, national and international levels.

  • How has the individual or family demonstrated outstanding community leadership through engagement and philanthropic support?
  • Provide specific examples of the nominee’s philanthropic activities at the local, national, and international levels.
  • In what ways has the nominee inspired others to take leadership roles in philanthropy?
  • Share instances where the nominee’s philanthropy has had a transformative impact on the community.
  • Describe the nominee’s proven track record of exceptional engagement and support.

Outstanding Corporation
In recognition of a corporation or its corporate foundation that has demonstrated outstanding financial support (may include a portion of in-kind support), community involvement, and motivation of others to take leadership roles.

  • How has the corporation or corporate foundation demonstrated outstanding financial support for philanthropic initiatives?
  • In what ways has the nominee motivated others, both internally and externally, to assume leadership roles in philanthropy?
  • Provide examples of the corporation’s active engagement in the community.
  • Share instances where the nominee has supported unique or innovative philanthropic projects.
  • Describe the corporation’s impact on the community through its financial and leadership contributions.

Outstanding Volunteer in Philanthropy x 3
Presented to an individual, couple or family who resides and supports one (or more) of the communities identified. The award recognizes the individual, couple or family for their exceptional skills in coordinating and motivating groups of donors and volunteers for fundraising projects for the benefit of non-profit organizations and a commitment to the advancement of philanthropy. 
NOTE: One volunteer will be honoured in each of the following geographic locations: Waterloo-Wellington Region, Hamilton-Brant-Halton Region, and the Niagara Region.

  • How has the nominee demonstrated exceptional skills in coordinating and motivating groups of donors and volunteers for fundraising projects?
  • Describe the nominee’s commitment to the advancement of philanthropy within their respective geographic location (Waterloo-Wellington Region, Hamilton-Brant-Halton Region, or the Niagara Region).
  • Provide examples of the nominee’s coordination efforts that resulted in successful fundraising projects for non-profit organizations.
  • How has the nominee actively contributed to the betterment of their community through philanthropy?
  • Share instances where the nominee’s volunteerism has left a lasting impact on the local philanthropic landscape.

Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropic Leadership Award
Presented to an exceptional individual fundraising professional with a minimum of 10 years of experience, an AFP GH Chapter member, directly contributing to a non-profit organization.

  • How has the nominee’s extensive experience, spanning a minimum of 10 years, shaped the landscape of fundraising within the non-profit sector? Please provide specific examples of their enduring impact.
  • In what ways has the nominee demonstrated exceptional leadership and strategic vision throughout their fundraising career? Share instances where their contributions have elevated the philanthropic initiatives of the organization they serve.
  • Describe the nominee’s active involvement and contributions to the AFP GH Chapter community over the years. How have they inspired and collaborated with fellow professionals to advance the field of fundraising?
  • Reflecting on the nominee’s decade-long commitment to philanthropy, how have they navigated challenges and adapted to changes in the fundraising landscape? Provide insights into their resilience and adaptability.
  • Please share testimonials or anecdotes from colleagues, beneficiaries, or community members that speak to the nominee’s lasting legacy and influence as a seasoned fundraising professional.

Rising Star in Fundraising Excellence Award
Presented to an exceptional individual fundraising professional with a minimum of 5 years of experience, an AFP GH Chapter member, directly contributing to a nonprofit organization.

  • In the nominee’s relatively short but impactful fundraising career (minimum 5 years), what innovative approaches or initiatives have they introduced to advance the goals of the nonprofit organization they serve?
  • How has the nominee demonstrated exceptional potential and early achievements in fundraising? Share specific examples where their contributions have made a tangible difference within the organization and the community.
  • Describe the nominee’s commitment to ongoing professional development within the AFP GH Chapter. How have they actively sought opportunities to enhance their skills and contribute to the growth of the philanthropic community?
  • Reflecting on the nominee’s trajectory, how have they displayed adaptability and a forward-looking mindset in response to the evolving landscape of fundraising? Provide examples of their ability to navigate change.
  • Share testimonials or stories that illustrate the nominee’s positive influence on colleagues, donors, or beneficiaries. How have they inspired others and contributed to the culture of philanthropy within the nonprofit sector?

Key Dates

May 1, 2024 – Nominations open

June 30, 2024 – Nomination deadline (form will close)

July 1 – August 1, 2024 – Adjunction Process

August 20, 2024 – Honourees announced

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

National Philanthropy Day is an event that publicly recognizes the impact of service and philanthropy within the Golden Horseshoe are. Each year, we honour donors, volunteers, professionals, and organizations whose gifts of time, expertise, and resources contribute significantly to the quality of life in our communities.

National Philanthropy Day is November 15, 2024.

Any current or prospective member of the AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter, or any other individual involved in the philanthropic sector within the AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter's geographic scope may submit a nomination for this award, including the AFP Golden Horseshoe Awards Selection Committee and Chapter Board. The individual or organization in question must be notified and in agreement with the nomination process before the application is submitted.

An individual working within the philanthropic sector, or an individual member of AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter, or the Awards Selection Committee or the AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter Board may submit a nomination for this award. The nominated organization must be notified and in agreement with the nomination process before the application is submitted.

Nominations must be submitted online no later than August 15, 2023.

Nominations must be submitted online, and must completed all at once (no saving your progress).  Make sure you have all of the information you need before starting.

An awards committee of AFP Golden Horseshoe members will score each application to identify the award and honoree recipients in each category. Please keep in mind, that the selection committee does not know these nominees. Their decisions are based entirely on the materials you submit, so refer to the award criteria to guide the narrative for your nomination. If in the judgment of the AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter Awards  Committee, no nominee meets the criteria for a particular category, no award will be given for that category.

Award recipients and honorees, and their nominator(s), will be notified on or before September 7, 2023. Regret notices will also be sent.

Please submit questions to sarah.mcpherson@bell.net, Chair of AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter Awards Committee.

We will use a photo in the program and any additional photos in the video presentation during the awards ceremony. Please provide a headshot/photo in the submission package.

Yes, we allow photos (and any other missing information) to be added to a nomination after you submit. However, the nomination must be completed in full by July 31, 2023 as that date is related to our collateral and video publishers cut off date. 

Anybody is welcome to join the NPD planning committee. Just send us an email at afpgoldenhorseshoe@gmail.com!

As fun as that might be, we do not recommend it. In order for your nominee to plan their day, and because we will be promoting their name in print and digital media, we require permission/consent.