National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day


Friday, November 15, 2019
| Louisville Marriott Downtown


National Philanthropy Day, or NPD, celebrates the charitable work that EVERYONE does to make a difference and create impact in their communities.

National Philanthropy Day® is a special day set aside each November to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world.

NPD was originally conceived of and organized by Douglas Freeman in the 1980s, and the first official events held in 1986 after President Reagan signed the official NPD proclamation. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. 

Each year, we honor individuals and organizations through the following awards: 

Baylor Landrum, Jr. Leave a Legacy Award
This award recognizes an individual who has made a planned gift or has helped to promote planned giving in our community. The Leave a Legacy Award is named in honor and memory of Baylor Landrum, Jr., a hero to many organizations in our community.

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* NEW * Emerging Leader Award
This award recognizes an outstanding individual fundraising professional (ages 25-40 at the time of nomination) who works for a nonprofit, charitable organization and who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner.  The recipient has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the Greater Louisville/Southern Indiana community through professional fundraising, evidence of quality of leadership in creating change within their organization, being an active member of AFP, commitment to continuing professional development, and commitment to fundraising and philanthropy through volunteer service and financial support of non-profit organizations.  The recipient’s fundraising efforts and community leadership have motivated others to give and become involved in philanthropy.

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Frank W. Penick Founder’s Award

The Frank W. Penick Founder’s Award was created in 2000 as a tribute to Mr. Penick, a founding member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Louisville Chapter. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to the advancement of the development profession, and has provided community support and leadership to the AFP Greater Louisville chapter. All recipients must have at least 10 years of experience and be a member in good standing with AFP Greater Louisville Chapter.

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Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in raising money and organizing groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects for more than one organization, all within the Greater Louisville/Southern Indiana region.

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Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

This award recognizes an individual or a group of young people ages 5-17 (at time of nomination) who demonstrated outstanding commitment to the Greater Louisville/Southern Indiana community through any or all of these activities: direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, or leadership in philanthropy.

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Philanthropist of the Year – Individual

This award recognizes an individual with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support to charities in Greater Louisville/Southern Indiana demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take on philanthropic leadership roles on local, national, and international levels.

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Philanthropist of the Year – Organization

This award recognizes a business or grant-making organization in the Greater Louisville/Southern Indiana community with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility to our community, and whose generosity encourages others to take on philanthropic leadership roles on local, national, and international levels.

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This award recognizes an individual or a group of young people ages 18-35 (at the time of nomination) who demonstrated outstanding commitment to the Greater Louisville/Southern Indiana community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy. The nominee must be living at the time of nomination.

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CLICK HERE to submit a 2019 National Philanthropy Day award nomination.