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Finalists Selected for National Philanthropy Day® Honors Recognizing Top Donors, Volunteers

May 27, 2015

Twenty-four finalists across six categories, including Outstanding Philanthropist and Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, have been announced for AFP’s second annual National Philanthropy Day® Honors, recognizing extraordinary generosity, selflessness, innovation and leadership.

More than 70 video nominations were sent to AFP from across North America, with nominators talking about 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 across North America, one from each category, will be selected by a group of judges and recognized at AFP’s international awards event—The National Philanthropy Day® Honors—at the 92nd Street Y in New York City on Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Information about each honoree and the event can be found at the NPD website.

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

Outstanding Corporation

  • Coca Cola Company, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Eli Lilly Corporation, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • The Home Depot, Atlanta, Ga.
  • TD Bank, West Hartford, Conn.

Outstanding Foundation

  • Asofsky Family Foundation, Delray Beach, Fla.
  • Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Winter Park, Fla.
  • George W. Brackenridge Foundation, San Antonio, Texas
  • Green Family Foundation, Miami, Fla.
  • Jewish Fund, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Outstanding Philanthropist

  • Denise Fruchter – Toronto, Ontario
  • Ailianet Rolda Rodriquez, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
  • Macon and Joan Brock, Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Jean Burgdorff, Mystic, Conn.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

  • Barry Lorenzetti, Montreal, Quebec
  • Jackie Rae Greening, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Peter Ferrantelli, San Diego, Calif.
  • Helen Meinzeinger, Ottawa, Ontario

Outstanding Youth In Philanthropy, Group

  • New Trier High School Girls Soccer, Northfield, Ill.
  • K Cancer Baseball, NFP, Rockton, Ill.
  • Youth Making a Difference, Pratt, Kan.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual

  • Charlsie Doan, Dallas, Texas
  • Kinsey Morrison, Stanford, Calif.
  • Reshini Premaratne, Glen Allen, Va.
  • Joseph “Joey” Aidon Roth, Baton Rouge, La.

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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