NPD Nomination Page



While a worldwide pandemic has had myriad effects on each of us, nonprofit organizations continue important work to serve communities and philanthropists around globe continue to answer the call to give generously. Each year, the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrates philanthropy in a big way by honoring our local philanthropists on National Philanthropy Day (NPD). While this year's NPD will continue with a virtual event (November 17, 2021), the celebration will be no less inspiring.

We invite you to submit nominations for the 2021 NPD awards with the links below.

Thank you to everyone who has continued supporting the nonprofits in our community during these devastating times. In 2020, our local NPD committee created a special category award to recognize philanthropic contributions that made a significant impact on Northwest Arkansas' crisis response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This special category nomination continues for 2021 consideration.

Your organization can nominate individuals, businesses, and groups who have made Northwest Arkansas a better place to live and work through their dedication to philanthropy. An anonymous panel of community members selects the honorees to be recognized at a virtual, yet intimate, National Philanthropy Day event on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
Nominating organizations will be notified of the selections in mid to late June, 2021.

Please note: deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm Friday, May 14, 2021. Deadline extended until May, 21st.

All categories are listed below:

If you have any questions regarding the nominating process contact the 2021 NPD NWA Co-Chairs Joy Morris and Anne Jackson at NPDNWA@gmail.com.

COVID-19 Hero Award: recognizes an individual, family, group, organization, business or foundation whose actions and philanthropic contributions have made a significant impact on Northwest Arkansas's crisis response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Past NPD honorees from any category are eligible for this award. The nomination should include evidence of:

  • Financial and philanthropic contributions that made a significant impact on Northwest Arkansas's ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Support provided to more than one charitable organization in response to the pandemic
  • Utilization of nominee's sphere of influence to inspire others to support a cause or organization serving our community during the pandemic
  • Nominees's contribution had a widespread and long-lasting impact in our community

Legacy Award: recognizes exemplary philanthropy contributions made in legacy form via bequest, trust, or other planned gift.  If the award recipient is deceased, members of the recipient’s family will be invited to accept the award.

The nomination should include evidence of:

  • Years of continual direct financial support to and/or support of the community
  • Impact of financial support or projects in the community
  • Specific achievements launched through the philanthropists’ efforts


Lifetime Achievement Award
: is presented to individuals, families, or organizations that demonstrate a lifetime record of exceptional generosity, which, by their direct financial support, have encouraged others to assume civic or charitable responsibility. 

The nomination should include evidence of:

  • Direct monetary support over a lifetime to a numbers of organizations
  • Outstanding philanthropic project(s) resulting from a gift and/or leadership
  • Charitable giving that has resulted in gifts by other individuals


Outstanding Corporation Award:
is presented to companies that demonstrate exemplary commitment to the nonprofit community through financial support and/or through encouraging and motivating others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement. 

The nomination should include evidence of:

  • Direct financial contributions to and/or support of the community
  • Impact of financial support or projects in the community
  • Specific achievements launched through the corporation’s philanthropic efforts

    Outstanding Foundation Award: is presented to foundations that demonstrate exemplary commitment to the nonprofit community through financial support and through encouraging and motivating others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement. 

    The nomination should include evidence of:

    • Direct financial contributions to and/or other support of the community
    • Impact of financial support on projects in the community
    • Specific achievements launched through the foundation’s efforts

    Outstanding Philanthropist Award: is presented to individuals, who have a record of exceptional generosity; who have demonstrated outstanding civic or charitable responsibility through direct financial support and who have encouraged and motivated others in philanthropy. The nomination should include evidence of: 

    • Direct monetary support to organization(s) in the community
    • Specific achievements launched through his/her efforts
    • Does the nominee encourage and motivate others to take leadership roles towards philanthropy and community involvement. Give examples

    Outstanding  Volunteer Fundraiser Award: is presented to individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in fundraising, devote significant time and effort to their charitable cause, and show a deep commitment to the advancement of the organization's mission. Recipients of this award are volunteers who make substantial contributions of time, effort, ability, and leadership to successful fundraising projects and/or successful projects to develop in-kind donations and donations of volunteer time and effort.  

    The nomination should include evidence of: 

    • Quality of the nominee’s leadership and organizational ability
    • Time and effort the nominee contributed to his or her cause
    • Financial results of the nominee’s efforts in relation to the organization’s needs and goals
    • Success in recruiting and motivating others 

    Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: is presented to organizations that demonstrate exceptional commitment to the nonprofit community through financial support and through encouraging and motivating others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement. 

    The nomination should include evidence of:

    • Direct financial contributions to and/or other support of the community
    • Impact of financial support of projects in the community
    • Specific achievements launched through the organization’s effort

    Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award: is presented to individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership and expertise as professional fundraisers.  Nominees should have at least five years of professional fundraising experience, demonstrate a commitment to both the community and professional field of fundraising and development, and be a member of the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 

    The nomination should include evidence of:

    • Leadership that is persuasive, effective, creative, and stimulating
    • The nominee’s ability to give his/her best as a team leader and as a mentor
    • Commitment to volunteerism and professional development 
    • Track record of raising funds
    • Active participation as a member in the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of AFP and adherence to the Code of Ethics and Professional Practices

    The Ernie Lawrence Outstanding Professional Advisor: is presented to individuals who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the nonprofit community by encouraging charitable giving among their clients and who are recognized as leaders in promoting civic and professional involvement.  

    The nomination should include evidence of:

    • Charitable gifts that are the result of involvement with clients
    • Involvement in programs that encourage philanthropic activities
    • Training and educating the nonprofit community about planned gifts 

      Youth in Philanthropy Award (Group and/or Individual): is presented to individuals, schools, civic groups, or other youth organizations that demonstrate outstanding commitment to their community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and/or leadership to improve the community in which they live.  There is an award for an individual up to age 23, or an award for a group up to age 23.   

      Each nomination should include evidence of:

      • Time, talent and resources the nominee contributed to his or her cause(s)
      • Specific achievements launched through the nominee’s philanthropic efforts
      • Success in recruiting, leading and motivating others 
      • Impact of financial support or volunteerism in the community