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Finalists Selected for National Philanthropy Day® Honors

June 1, 2016

Twenty-four finalists across six categories, including Outstanding Philanthropist and Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, have been announced for the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) third annual National Philanthropy Day® Honors, recognizing extraordinary generosity, selflessness, innovation and leadership in giving, volunteering and engagement.

More than 90 video nominations were sent to AFP from across North America, with nominators highlighting the impact of their nominees on their communities and the world. AFP members and the public were invited to vote on their favorite videos and nominees in each category.

Six honorees from around the world, one from each category, will be selected by a group of judges. Each final honoree will then be recognized at a special ceremony in their local community in front of family, friends, colleagues and other supporters.

Nominations were received in the following categories: Philanthropist, Volunteer Fundraiser, Corporation, Foundation and CARTER Youth in Philanthropy (Individual and Group). The finalists include:

CARTER Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group

Tascosa High School FISH Club, Amarillo, Texas

DKMS Student Ambassadors, River Vale, N.J.

Isabelle and Katherine Adams, Dallas, Texas

CARTER Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual

Eun Seo (Elly) Choi, Los Angeles, Calif.

Cameron Northern, Martinsville, Ind.

Archer S. Hadley, Austin, Texas

William Scannell, IV, Anchorage, Alaska

Outstanding Corporation

Nationwide Foundation, Columbus, Ohio

Alliant Energy Foundation, Madison, Wisc.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, Calif.

HomeAid San Diego/Brookfield Residential, San Diego, Calif.

Outstanding Foundation

Canada Helps, Toronto, Ontario

The Rotary Foundation, Evanston, Ill.

The Joanna Foundation, Sullivan’s Island, S.C.

Outstanding Philanthropist

Dr. Sherif Abouelnaga, Cairo, Egypt

Salah Bachir, Toronto, Ontario

Rob Ohlson, Calgary, Alberta

Alan Siegel and Thompson Family, New York, N.Y.

Milton Verret, Austin, Texas

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser 

Nicholas Price, Louisville, Ky.

LeNetta Leger , Chandler, Ariz.

Lisa Fujimoto, Irvine, Calif.

Ronnie and Toni Andrews, Coto de Caza, Calif.

Information about each honoree can be found on the National Philanthropy Day website: Final selections in each category will be announced later this summer.

“There are no winners or losers in philanthropy, as everyone engaged in charity makes a real difference in our world,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP. “But we feel it is important to recognize extraordinary acts of kindness, generosity and leadership, because these individuals and organizations can serve as role models for others and inspire us all to become more involved in our neighborhoods and communities.”

National Philanthropy Day® is the day set aside to remember and recognize the impact philanthropy—charitable giving, volunteering and engagement—has made in our world. The day was first celebrated in 1986 in the U.S. with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan. It is now celebrated in more than 100 communities around the world and been recognized permanently by the government of Canada.

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