National Philanthropy Day
Celebrating Hope

November 17, 2022 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Herbst Theatre & Lobby
401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

National Philanthropy Day is a special day to recognize and pay tribute to the meaningful contributions that philanthropy — and those active in our own philanthropic community — make to our lives, communities and world. This year, AFP Golden Gate will join chapters across the country and around the world on November 17 to present National Philanthropy Day 2022 in person! To honor individuals, organizations and businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area who generously give their time, talents and resources for the enrichment and benefit of our communities. Please join us in celebrating the giving spirit and exemplary leaders of our philanthropic community.

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Outstanding Philanthropist Award is presented to an individual or family with a record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and who encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles in their communities.

Hank Rosso Outstanding Fundraising Professional honors an individual fundraising professional who practices their profession in an exemplary manner.

Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in coordinating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects of more than one nonprofit organization. The recipient should demonstrate exceptional skills coordinating and inspiring groups of volunteers for fundraising projects that benefit charitable institutions and show a commitment to the advancement of philanthropy.

Outstanding Corporate Grantmaker recognizes a corporation or its foundation that displays an outstanding commitment to philanthropy not only through its financial support but also by encouraging and motivating others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement activities.

Outstanding Foundation or Grantmaking Professional (formerly two separate awards) honors a foundation or grantmaking professional who individually initiates or supports creative nonprofit efforts and works to develop philanthropic partnerships with organizations and communities. This will be a professional whose individual contributions to nonprofit/foundation philanthropic teamwork are exceptionally effective or unique. OR recognizes a private or community foundation or community grantmaking organization that provides financial support, inspiration, encouragement and motivation to nonprofits and grant makers alike – as well as developing innovative approaches to philanthropy.

Groundswell Award (formerly the Vineyards Award) an outstanding organization or an organization professional with an operating budget of less than $1,000,000, but which is nonetheless effectively addressing serious community problems. This is a visionary group or individual that, through passionate staff commitment and the innovative use of volunteers and/or community partnerships, is an inspirational model for other nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, and individuals.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (ages 5-17) recognizes service by an individual or group of young people ages 5 to 17 at the time they are nominated, who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, and leadership in philanthropy.

Emerging Fundraising Leader (new award) A fundraising professional with less than seven years of experience and demonstrates exceptional skill and talent in fundraising, leadership, and a commitment and service to the field.

Impact Award (new award) A collaboration between Bay Area-based nonprofits, activists, funders, and volunteers that uniquely advances a community solution through shared vision and resources with an equity lens. This unique partnership is driven by innovation, new ideas, approaches, and solutions and addresses social issues. NOTE: The award is not necessarily awarded every year.

Lifetime Achievement recognizes an outstanding individual for their extraordinary contributions, influential work and ongoing engagement in philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area over their lifetime. NOTE: This award is bestowed by the Board of Directors of AFP Golden Gate at the recommendation of the Awards Committee. The award is not necessarily awarded every year. Letters of support are not required or accepted.

To submit a nomination, click the button below.

See previous Honorees here.
Deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, June 17, 2022

Announcement of New Awards and Revisions to the Nominating Process:
This year we are excited to announce the addition of two new awards: Impact Award and Emerging Fundraising Leader Award. We have also taken steps to simplify the nomination process. Please read the following carefully.
1. We have reduced the word count from 750 to 500 for the Nominee About section.
2. Letters of Recommendation are not required (Letters of Recommendation do help make the case, however. Up to 2 are encouraged--but not required). Either upload the letters of recommendations below or email them to [email protected]
3. We have included an option to submit a testimonial video in place of recommendation letters. This is not required. Either paste the testimonial video URL below or email the video file to [email protected]

National Philanthropy Day Co-Chairs 2022
*Nicole C. Brown, California Director of Philanthropy, Trust for Public Land
*Adam-Michael Royston, Development and Marketing Executive Officer, LYRIC

Awards Committee
*Ken Sommer, Director of Advancement, George Mark Children's House
*Lucy Porras, Director of Development & Communications, Mission Economic Development Agency
Jasmine Jones, West Contra Costa Public Education Fun
Ziba Marashi, ACLU of Northern California
Cynthia Mei, Children's Health Council
Murrey Nelson, Chanticleer

Nominating Committee
*Wanda Scott, Founder and Principal Consultant, Wanda Scott and Associates
*Gurpreet Tung, Director of Development, Asian Pacific Fund
Fred Levin, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco & The Shenson Foundation
Katherine Thompson, Grace Cathedral
Dena Vongchanh, Major Gifts Officer

Tributes Committee
*Henry Pacheco, Director of Philantrophic Services, Horizons Foundation
*Paul Blaney
Pamela Cook, Cook Silverman Search
Sandy Drew, Nonprofit Consultant
Louise Gregory, UC Berkeley Library
Allyson Halpern, Life Learning Academy
Theresa Nelson, Theresa Nelson Consulting

* Chairs