AFP NPD 2020

30th Annual National Philanthropy Day



Stronger Together:

Celebrating 30 years of AFP's National Philanthropy Day

Premiere is Sunday, November 21, 2021 from 6:30 -8:00 p.m.


Distinguished Volunteer submission deadline extended to October 28!

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Each year the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter throws one of the nation’s largest local celebrations of National Philanthropy Day.

This event honors our community’s individual, corporate, and foundation philanthropy including presentation of the very prestigious Max M. Fisher Award for Outstanding Philanthropist and the George W. Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism.


Produced in partnership with Detroit Public Television, the hosted event will include the presentation of AFP’s annual awards and will honor Detroit’s philanthropic heroes. The program will showcase 30 years of philanthropy's impact on our community.

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what isNational Philanthropy Day?


National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside during the month of November, with the purpose of recognizing the great contributions of philanthropy - and those people active in the philanthropic community - to the enrichment of our world.

NPD was originally conceived of and organized by Douglas Freeman in the 1980s, and the first official events held in 1986 after President Reagan signed the official NPD proclamation. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. 

AFP chapters hold NPD events and activities across North America.

In addition, AFP launched #NPDLove and the NPDLove.com website, a global social media outreach and awareness campaign to engage the global charitable sector, the philanthropic community, and the public in activities to demonstrate “love of humankind” and highlight how they (or their organization) are helping to change the world.

2021 Sponsorship Opportunities Are Now Available

We invite you to sponsor the 2021 National Philanthropy Day program. Your generous support helps us honor and celebrate philanthropy throughout the Greater Detroit area.

2021 NPD Sponsor Opportunities

Please contact Marah Casey (Marah.Casey@teachforamerica.org) or Marc Berke (marc.berke@aaomi.org), National Philanthropy Day co-Chairs, with questions.


Thank You to Our Official 2021 Sponsors

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Melissa Weisse

 

Official NPD Media Partner

Give Detroit

Official 2021 AFP NPDAward Recipients

The MAX M. FISHER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIST is presented to an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional philanthropic generosity, whose demonstrated philanthropic commitment encourages others to take leadership roles in philanthropy. 
The EDMUND T. AHEE JEWEL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISER, in memory of Edmund T. Ahee, is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in volunteer fundraising, and in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects for more than one non-profit organization.The DR. JOHN S. LORE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING EXECUTIVE is for an outstanding individual fundraising executive who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner. The recipient must have at least ten years of professional fundraising experience, evidence of quality of leadership and acting as a team player, be a current member of AFP, commitment to continuing professional development, and commitment to fundraising and philanthropy through volunteer service and financial support of non-profit organizations.The SPARKY ANDERSON AWARD FOR YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY was instituted as a way to recognize and reward philanthropic young people and to educate youths about the importance of helping and giving. The purpose of the youth award is three-fold: first, to thank students for volunteering their time and energy to a particular project; second, as an inspiration to encourage other children to become involved in fundraising activities by following the example of the winners; and third, to give public recognition to youths and their philanthropic projects.The OUTSTANDING CORPORATION AWARD is presented to a corporation or its corporate foundation for demonstrating outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.The OUTSTANDING FOUNDATION AWARD is presented to private foundations that demonstrate outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.

The SPIRIT OF PHILANTHROPY AWARD is given to an organization, corporation, or to one or more individuals to acknowledge those that have made outstanding contributions to the philanthropic culture of our community, especially in times of need. The recipient has contributed to the community by giving time, resources, and financial support in innovative ways that creates lasting impact and sets an example for our community. The Special Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Philanthropy AWARD is a special award for the 2020 year.Local awards presented annually at the Greater Detroit Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day celebration:

The NEAL SHINE AWARD FOR MEDIA COMMITMENT TO PHILANTHROPY is presented to individuals with at least 20 years of media activity focusing on building communities, demonstrating a consistent ethical foundation, showing a commitment to and success in making metropolitan Detroit a better place to live, and developing leadership and personal involvement in others.
The GEORGE W. ROMNEY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN VOLUNTEERISM is given annually to one or more persons who have contributed many years of service to the community and who have simultaneously exhibited quality fundraising and personal giving, offering inspiration to others, and contributing their time and energies to charities of their choice.

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The MAX M. FISHER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIST is presented to an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional philanthropic generosity, whose demonstrated philanthropic commitment encourages others to take leadership roles in philanthropy. 

HONOREES: Hannan (Board Member, Forgotten Harvest) and Lisa Lis (Founder and CEO of Lis Ventures LLC; Board of Director, Detroit Zoological Society and Tamarack Camps), nominated by Forgotten Harvest

 

The OUTSTANDING FOUNDATION AWARD SPONSORED BY PLANTE MORAN is presented to private foundations that demonstrate outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.

HONOREE: Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, nominated by Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter and Playworks Michigan

 

The OUTSTANDING CORPORATION AWARD is presented to a corporation or its corporate foundation for demonstrating outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.

HONOREE: Delta Dental of Michigan, nominated by Samaritas

 

The EDMUND T. AHEE JEWEL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISER, in memory of Edmund T. Ahee, is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in volunteer fundraising, and in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects for more than one non-profit organization.

HONOREE: Dave Meador (Vice Chairman & Chief Administrative Officer, DTE Energy),
nominated by Autism Alliance of Michigan

 

The DR. JOHN S. LORE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING EXECUTIVE is for an outstanding individual fundraising executive who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner. The recipient must have at least ten years of professional fundraising experience, evidence of quality of leadership and acting as a team player, be a current member of AFP, commitment to continuing professional development, and commitment to fundraising and philanthropy through volunteer service and financial support of non-profit organizations.

HONOREE: Steve Ragan, nominated by ASG Renaissance, Oakland University, SAY Detroit, and Rose Hill Center

 

The SPARKY ANDERSON AWARD FOR YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY was instituted as a way to recognize and reward philanthropic young people and to educate youths about the importance of helping and giving. The purpose of the youth award is three-fold: first, to thank students for volunteering their time and energy to a particular project; second, as an inspiration to encourage other children to become involved in fundraising activities by following the example of the winners; and third, to give public recognition to youths and their philanthropic projects.

HONOREE: Maansi Nema (Founder & CEO, STEM Without Boundaries), nominated by Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan

 

The SPIRIT OF PHILANTHROPY AWARD is given to an organization, corporation, or to one or more individuals to acknowledge those that have made outstanding contributions to the philanthropic culture of our community, especially in times of need. The recipient has contributed to the community by giving time, resources, and financial support in innovative ways that creates lasting impact and sets an example for our community. 

HONOREES: Talbert & Leota Abrams Foundation/Next Gen Grantmakers: Breanna, Riley, and Sophia Patzer, nominated by Leader Dogs for the Blind

 

Local awards presented annually at the Greater Detroit Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day celebration:

The NEAL SHINE AWARD FOR MEDIA COMMITMENT TO PHILANTHROPY is presented to individuals with media activity focusing on building communities, demonstrating a consistent ethical foundation, showing a commitment to and success in making metropolitan Detroit a better place to live, and developing leadership and personal involvement in others.

HONOREE: Ken Daniels (Co-Founder, The Jamie Daniels Foundation; Play-by-Play Announcer, Detroit Red Wings), nominated by Hope Network

 

The GEORGE W. ROMNEY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN VOLUNTEERISM is given annually to one or more persons who have contributed many years of service to the community and who have simultaneously exhibited quality fundraising and personal giving, offering inspiration to others, and contributing their time and energies to charities of their choice.

HONOREE: James Kelly (Trustee, Cranbrook Educational Community), nominated by Cranbrook Educational Community

Distinguished Volunteers


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A Distinguished Volunteer directly contributes to your non-profit organization's success.

Someone who inspires you with their passion and motivation for your cause. Perhaps they're a board member, a volunteer, or a special supporter that always goes the extra mile - closing the gap on donations or always willing to do what they can to help out. National Philanthropy Day celebrates them, their commitment to your organization and philanthropy as a whole!

2021 Distinguished Volunteer submissions are now open!  The deadline for submissions has been extended to 5:00 pm on October 28, 2021.

Extended Video Segments


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Sunday, November 22, 6:30-8:00pm DPTV

On Sunday, November 22, 6:30 - 8:00 pm National Philanthropy Day (NPD) and our community's honorees were highlighted in a special Detroit Public Television show, Detroit Philanthropy, which profiled our community's philanthropy leaders and the organizations they support. 

The show also included an important dialogue among Detroit leaders about the role of philanthropy as our community recovers from COVID-19 and addresses important racial and social challenges. 

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