National Philanthropy Day 2023


Wednesday, November 15, 2023
La Lomita Ranch
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

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The San Luis Obispo County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) invites you to attend National Philanthropy Day 2023. Join us to celebrate the collective work non-profits do for and within the San Luis Obispo County community.

This year’s event will be in-person at La Lomita Ranch (1985 La Lomita Way, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401).


Debbie Collins Johnson

Philanthropist of the Year

Idler’s Home

Business Philanthropist of the Year

The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County

Philanthropy Milestone Award

Bob and Debbie Wacker

President’s Award

Keynote Speaker


Wendy McKinney, author of “Busy Doing What?” will provide a special luncheon keynote.

In "Busy Doing What?," McKinney inspires you to live without regrets, navigate distractions, and finally get things done. It relieves you of the pressure of pleasing others and walks you through the often painful experience of saying "no." Through tools and stories, she will help you make better decisions on how to best spend your time.


Special Thanks

AFP SLO County would like to thank the Premier sponsor for the National Philanthropy Day Celebration, The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County.


With special thanks to CAPSLO and Wacker Wealth Partners for their support as Friend Sponsors.


And generous in-kind sponsorship by Boone Graphics.

Table Sponsors

  • Cal Poly
  • Cuesta College Foundation
  • Festival Mozaic
  • Joan Sargen
  • San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

Half Table Sponsors

  • Friends of 40
  • Hospice SLO
  • San Luis Obispo Symphony
  • Woods Humane Society
  • YMCA

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities
Click on the link below to see the levels of sponsorship available (including table and half-table sponsors)!

NPD 2023 Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefits

Award Nominations

Nominate an Outstanding Philanthropist to be honored at the event:Submit nomination here

Who is eligible to receive an award?

Any resident of San Luis Obispo county who has made a deep commitment to support, more than one, nonprofit organization in the county.  A person or entity that gives the most money in dollars is not necessarily the only one eligible to be recognized.  Commitment to the community in addition to monetary donations could also include volunteer service and dedication.  Awards will not be given  posthumously unless someone representing the donor is still actively making gifts and involved with NPO’s in the community.

Nomination deadline: October 7, 2023

Outstanding Philanthropist honorees have included: 

  • Clifford Clark

  • Bert and Candee Forbes

  • Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust and trustee Howard Carroll

  • Joan Gellert-Sargen

  • Bank of America Foundation

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy honorees have included: 

  • Leah Maier, Hannah Makowetski, Zoe Makowetski, Hattie Taylor, Violette Nava, and Camille Sherod

  • Claire Guyader

President's Award honorees have included: 

  • Dr. Gil Stork

  • Sandi Sigurdson

  • Mary Verdin and Verdin Marketing

  • Alan Iftiniuk

AFP Global NPD

You can find more about AFP Global NPD here.