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The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) annual awards program recognizes outstanding achievement by individual, foundation and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers and fundraising professionals.

In philanthropy, such individuals and organizations form a vital partnership with charities and the nonprofit sector to ensure that the needs of all citizens are met. It is right and proper, therefore, that AFP honors those who hold high ethical standards and best exemplify commitment and dedication toward helping society.

These international awards are given in recognition to those individuals and organizations whose lifetime or long-term achievements have made a significant impact upon society.

A Note About the AFP Awards Committee: All awards recipients are chosen by the AFP Awards Committee. The committee reviews each application received by the stated deadline that satisfies all criteria. Due to the large number of entry forms submitted, the committee does not provide chapters or other applicants with an evaluation of their entry once the process is completed. If, in the judgment of the committee, no application for a particular award meets the stated criteria, no award will be given. The committee works to establish consistent criteria for each award.

2017 Award News

Nationwide and the Nationwide Foundation Named Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
(Apr. 26, 2017) Nationwide, one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world, and the Nationwide Foundation have been named Outstanding Corporation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

AFP Honors Five Outstanding Young Fundraising Professionals
(Apr. 5, 2017) The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is proud to announce its first group of Outstanding Young Professionals, fundraisers under the age of 31 who have already show exemplary work in raising funds, inspiring donors, helping manage campaigns and giving back to the profession.

American Red Cross Fundraiser Barb Coury Named 2017 CCS Outstanding Fundraising Professional
(Mar. 29, 2017) Barb Coury, CFRE, regional chief development officer for the American Red Cross in the state of Indiana, has been named the 2017 CCS Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Dr. Lilya Wagner Wins AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize for Work on Diversity in Philanthropy
(Mar. 22, 2017) AFP has awarded the 2017 AFP/Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy to Dr. Lilya Wagner, Ed.D., CFRE, for her outstanding book, Diversity and Philanthropy: Expanding the Circle of Giving.

Toronto Philanthropist Salah Bachir Named International Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
(Feb. 15, 2017 - Toronto, Ontario) Businessman, magazine publisher, patron of the arts and philanthropist Salah Bachir has been named the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Q&A with Rotary Foundation Chair Kalyan Banerjee
AFP selected The Rotary Foundation as its 2017 Outstanding Foundation, and the organization will be honored at our International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco, April 30 – May 2. We were honored to have Rotary Foundation Chair Kalyan Banerjee answer our questions about the foundation, its impact and what’s ahead.

2016 Award News

Rotary Foundation Named World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016
(Nov 15, 2016) The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary—a global network of volunteers committed to improving lives and communities around the world—has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Michael Slaymaker, NYC & Orange County Chapters Receive Marion, Stephens Awards
(Oct 12, 2016) Michael Slaymaker, this year’s recipient of the Barbara Marion Award, has more than 25 years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit administration, and has been a member since 1988. The Charles R. Stephens Excellence in Diversity Award honorees are the AFP, Orange County Chapter (251 – 400 members) and the AFP New York City Chapter (401+ members).

AFP Names Dutch Professor Pamala Wiepking as 2016 Emerging Scholar for Work on Defining International Contexts for Giving
(Apr. 6, 2016) AFP has selected Dr. Pamala Wiepking, assistant professor at the Department of Business-Society Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, the Netherlands, as the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Scholar Award.

AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize Awarded to Innovative Book on Philanthropy and Entrepreneurs
(Mar. 16, 2016) AFP has awarded the Skystone Partners Prize for Research to David Renz, Robert Strom and Marilyn Taylor for their book, Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurs' Engagement in Philanthropy: Perspectives, published by Edward Elgar Publishing.

Mississippi Chapter Wins Charles R. Stephens Diversity Award
(Mar. 15, 2016) The Mississippi Chapter has just about 75 members, but it did an extraordinary job of developing a diversity conference that is worthy of any chapter size. That extraordinary work led it to being selected as the recipient of the 2015 Charles R. Stephens Award for Excellence in Diversity.

University of Toledo Fundraiser Vern Snyder Named 2016 Outstanding Fundraising Professional
(Feb. 24, 2016) Vern Snyder, ACFRE, who recently retired from the University of Toledo and has helped to raise more than $400 million during his fundraising career, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

2015 Award News

Stanford University Student Earns International Youth Philanthropy Award
(Oct. 21, 2015) Kinsey Morrison, an 18-year old college student who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia at a young age and has now raised more than $600,000 for a variety of charitable causes, has been named the 2015 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth Philanthropist by AFP.

Virginia Donor-Volunteer Power Couple Named 2015 Outstanding Philanthropists
(Oct. 14, 2015) Macon and Joan Brock, a Virginia Beach couple who has given more than $45 million to a variety of charitable causes, have has been named the 2015 Outstanding Philanthropists by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). 

San Diego Community Leader Peter Ferrantelli Named North America’s Top Volunteer Fundraiser
(Sept. 3, 2015) Peter Ferrantelli, who has spent 45 years volunteering and raising money for charitable causes in the San Diego area, has been named the 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Kansas Group—Youth Making a Difference—Earns International Youth Philanthropy Award 
(Sept. 3, 2015) Youth Making A Difference (YMAD), a program of the South Central Community Foundation (SCCF) in Pratt, Kan., that involves engaging youth from seven counties in philanthropy and grant-making, has received the 2015 Bob Carter Companies Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group, given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Earns AFP’s Outstanding Foundation Honor
(August 26, 2015) The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in Winter Park, Fla., has been selected to receive the 2015 Award for Outstanding Foundation by AFP. The foundation will receive its award at the 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors event on Nov. 12in New York City.

AFP Announces Top Giving and Volunteering Awards: The 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors
(August 6, 2015) The Association of Fundraising Professionals has announced the recipients of its 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors, including a powerhouse philanthropic couple from Virginia Beach, Va., a world-famous beverage corporation headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., and a youth group from Pratt, Kan.  The honorees will be recognized formally in November in New York City as part of AFP’s global celebration of National Philanthropy Day.

Joyce Mitchell–Antoine, CFRE, Honored with Barbara Marion Award for Leadership to AFP
(April 8, 2015) AFP has bestowed the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership to AFP, the association's highest volunteer and leadership recognition, to Joyce Mitchell–Antoine, CFRE, of Raleigh, N.C.

Detroit Fundraiser Richard Martin Honored for Lifetime Service to the Profession
(April 1, 2015) Richard K. Martin., CFRE, an outstanding fundraiser who has been a leader in Michigan and around the world in encouraging the profession to address the issues of diversity and inclusion, is the recipient of the Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Virginia Fundraiser David Huffine Named 2015 Outstanding Fundraising Professional
(Feb. 25, 2015) David M. Huffine, CFRE, vice president for advancement for St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond, Va., and who has helped raise an estimated $750 million in charitable funds over his career, has been named the 2015 Outstanding Fundraising Professional.

Penelope Cagney, Bernard Ross Win AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize
(Feb. 18, 2015) Penelope Cagney, CFRE and Bernard Ross have been awarded the 2015 AFP/Skystone Partners Prize for Research for their thought-provoking volume on international philanthropy, Global Fundraising: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropy, published by Wiley.

2014 Award News

Nominate Your Colleague for AFP's Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award
In Baltimore at its International Fundraising Conference, March 29-31, 2015, AFP will recognize one member as its Outstanding Fundraising Professional. Will it be you? A colleague? One of your chapter's past honorees? Nominate today! Deadline is December 15!

Virginia Youth Group Earns International Youth Philanthropy Award 
(Nov. 12, 2014) Miles of Scarves, a group of girls based in Henrico, Va., that knits scarves to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, has been named the 2014 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group.

Houston Donor, Volunteer and Community Leader Named North America’s Outstanding Philanthropist
(Nov. 5, 2014) Maureen Hackett, an innovator in Houston and U.S. philanthropy for more than 30 years, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

New Orleans High School Student Earns AFP's Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award
(Oct. 15, 2014) Princeton Carter, a 16-year old student attending Newman High School in New Orleans, La., has been named the 2014 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation in Southern California Receives Outstanding Foundation Honor
(Oct. 8, 2014) The A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation, located in Irvine, California, and one of the region’s philanthropic leaders, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Foundation by AFP.

ATCO Named 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
(Oct. 1, 2014) ATCO, a diversified global corporation headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Corporation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

College Park Maryland Professor Receives AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize
The AFP/Skystone Partners Prize for Research has been awarded to Dr. Noah Drezner, assistant professor of higher education at the University of Maryland, College Park, for his outstanding work on identity-based donors, Expanding the Donor Base in Higher Education: Engaging Non-Traditional Donors, published by Routledge.

AFP Awards: SHOW Us Your Nomination—New Process for 2014
For the first time in 2014, the AFP Awards program is going viral! There are six awards up for nomination—all you have to do to nominate an outstanding nominee is submit a three-minute (or less) video. The honorees will be recognized at AFP's 2014 National Philanthropy Day® celebration!

AFP Announces 2013 International Awards for Philanthropy Honorees
(April 8, 2013) A generous couple in Saskatchewan; an outstanding family foundation supporting causes around the world; a volunteer legend in Vancouver; a fundraising pioneer in Wisconsin; a dynamic brother-sister team in Georgia; an inspiring newspaper project in Calgary; and a heroic young woman in Minnesota are all recipients of the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2013 Awards for Philanthropy.

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