NPD Celebration YYC


National Philanthropy Day is celebrated across the world each November to commend and highlight the accomplishments of individuals and groups who make a difference in their communities.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Calgary & Area Chapter is proud to present the Annual National Philanthropy Day® Generosity of Spirit™ Awards being celebrated in Calgary every November. 

Each year, we honour philanthropists in the following categories for their gifts of time, talent, treasure and energy to make our communities, and our world, better. These individuals and groups take small and large steps, every day, to make changes that improve the world for the people and agencies they support in numerous ways. The ripples that their efforts make have a massive impact.

Doc Seaman Individual Philanthropist Award presented by The Calgary Foundation 
Outstanding Philanthropic Family
OUtstanding Youth Philanthropist
Outstanding Group Philanthropist
Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist
Outstanding Philanthropist: Lifetime Achievement

In addition, we are proud to honour professionals who work in the fields of fundraising and community investment, helping support the work of non-profit organizations.

Outstanding New Fundraising Professional
Outstanding Fundraising Professional
Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Leadership Award


2020 has presented many challenges and disruptions to events and celebrations, and our annual celebrations are impacted just like so many others. The Board of Directors of the Calgary & Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals  has recently made the difficult decision to move the celebration to Spring 2021, hopefully in person though final decisions will be made in line with health recommendations.  All decisions by the Generosity of Spirit jury will remain confidential until the Spring 2021 celebration is announced.

Celebrating philanthropy and National Philanthropy Day around the world remains an important priority! And to do that, we need your help.

During the week of November 9 to 14, 2020, which is when we would have celebrated National Philanthropy Day with our “not to miss” luncheon, we will instead be undertaking a social media and media campaign to celebrate the philanthropy that has been happening in our communities and organizations in this extraordinary year.

We will be reaching out to all AFP Calgary & Area chapter members, Generosity of Spirit nominating organizations and past honourees, along with others in our communities, asking you to be a part of our social media campaign. We are hoping for a widespread celebration of the causes and the supporters who help our missions come to life.

We hope that you will join us in a celebration of all of your supporters and champions in your organizations the week of November 9 to 14. We’ll be sharing some suggestions and hashtags closer to the time, so stay tuned!

Even in this unprecedented year, we have so many heroes to celebrate! We look forward to recognizing the importance of philanthropy in November and a true celebration to follow in the spring!

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to the AFP Calgary office at Our Chapter Administrator, Kara Tersen, will pass your comments along to us for a response.

Let’s blanket our communities with the love of humankind and philanthropy together.


Marni Halwas

President, AFP Calgary & Area

Amtul Siddiqui

2020 National Philanthropy

Day Co-Chair

John Dumonceaux

Generosity of Spirit

Committee Chair

Please enjoy some highlights from past events