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AFP Awards: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

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1. Who can submit a nomination for the National Philanthropy Day Honors?

Anyone! You can be an individual, a group, one of AFP’s own chapters, or whomever. No preference will be given to anyone. We’re just looking for nominees with great impact who are changing the world!

2.  So the nomination process no longer involved a written component, but all video? This is very different from past years.

The video process IS different. It starts with a video. Once all the nominations are in, we’ll be asking the public to vote on their favorite nominees and the one they felt had the greatest impact. The top three in each category will then be asked to submit a written form, answering questions about their philanthropic efforts and impact. The Awards Committee will then choose a final honoree, based on the responses, in each category.

We know that the new video process is different from our previous nomination program. However, we think you’ll find that it’s a lot easier than the last one. We’re asking for a two-three minute video created through your cell phone or other home device. We are not—NOT—looking for a produced video, the kind your chapter might have created for its awards event. We want a “selfie” video—hearing from you, in your own words, the impact your nominee has created and why your nominee should receive the award.

3. Do I need to submit a professionally produced video?

No. A simple three-minute video created with a cell phone, laptop, or desktop video camera is fine.

Need some examples? Here are the videos submitted for some of our 2015 award winners!

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation - 2015 Outstanding Foundation
Peter Ferrantelli - 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
Macon and Joan Brock - 2015 Outstanding Philanthropists

4. What is the deadline for submission?

April 1, 2016

5. How will the honorees be selected?

Once all the nominations have been submitted, AFP will post the videos on a webpage and announce that voting will begin. People will be able to vote on the most inspiring and impactful nominees in each category. The top three nominees in each category will then be asked to submit a one-page written form detailing their philanthropic work and impact. Those forms will be reviewed by the AFP Awards Committee, which will choose a final honoree in each category.

6. Can I submit multiple nominations?

Yes, but only one nomination will be accepted per category.

7. Does the nominee have to reside in my location or community?

No. You may nominate anyone who meets the basic award criteria for a category and has made an impact, even if they do not reside in your immediate area.

8. Can an individual or group be nominated posthumously?

No. Nominees must have been alive on April 1, 2016, to be eligible for the 2016 National Philanthropy Day Honors.

9. Will I receive confirmation that my nomination was received?

Yes. You will receive an email from AFP IHQ that confirms receipt of your submission.

10. Are honorees required to attend the awards ceremony?

Yes. The final selected honorees must attend the awards ceremony to receive the award.

10. When will the 2016 awards be presented?

The final selected honorees will be recognized during AFP’s National Philanthropy Day® celebration in November 2016.

11. Where will the 2016 awards be presented?

The 2016 awards ceremony will take place in Washington DC.

For AFP Chapters

12. Does this process replace the local chapters’ nomination process?

No. AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Honors program and its corresponding nomination process is a separate program from the local chapters’.

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