National Philanthropy Day Award
The AFP Suncoast Chapter has honored leadership in philanthropy in Tampa Bay through its annual awards program since 1989. These awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of time, leadership and financial support of a special group of community members and organizations who set new benchmarks of excellence in the acts of giving and volunteering.
Ever since President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed November 15th as National Philanthropy Day® over 30 years ago, communities across the globe gather to celebrate ethical and effective philanthropy and recognize those engaged in charitable giving and volunteerism.
We encourage you to educate your team and board of directors of the importance of this day and involve them in your nomination process.
Once all nominations have been received, our panel of non-member judges – a group of like-minded community volunteers from diverse backgrounds made up of business and civic leaders and past nominees – will review all submissions and select an honoree in each category based upon the criteria detailed below.
Philanthropist of the Year
NEW THIS YEAR: A $10,000 grant will be given on behalf of the awardee to the non-profit(s) of his/her choosing
Presented to an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional generosity to a variety of philanthropic causes and who, through direct financial support, has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles in the community.
Philanthropic Corporation of the Year
Presented to a corporation or corporate foundation (more than 100 employees) that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and volunteerism, encourages and motivates others to take philanthropic leadership roles in the community.
Philanthropic Small Business of the Year
Presented to a business with 100 employees or less that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and volunteerism encourages and motivates others to take philanthropic leadership roles in the community.
Gayle Sierens Volunteer of the Year in Philanthropy
Presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in coordinating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects. The recipient should demonstrate exceptional skills coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for fundraising projects and other initiatives for the benefit of charitable institutions and commitment to the advancement of philanthropy.
Spirit of Philanthropy
Presented to an individual, group or family that has recognized a charitable need and developed a unique approach to advancing philanthropy in the community. The award recipient will exemplify the spirit of giving above and beyond.
Philanthropic Service Organization of the Year
Presented to a service organization that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteerism for the benefit of charitable institutions and a commitment to the advancement of philanthropy.
Youth in Philanthropy
Presented to an individual or youth organization (18 years old and younger) that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteerism and fundraising for the benefit of charitable institutions.
Elements of a strong nomination
Past Award Recipients - Click Here to see previous Winners
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