Award Nominations

The 2024 award nominations are now open! The nomination deadline is midnight (EDT) on Monday, June 3, 2024. Please note that there will be NO deadline extensions. The awards criteria is available below. For a list of past honorees, click here.
 

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2024 AFP National Philanthropy Day Awards Criteria

 
The MAX M. FISHER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIST is presented to an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional philanthropic generosity, whose demonstrated philanthropic commitment encourages others to take leadership roles in philanthropy.


The OUTSTANDING FOUNDATION AWARD is presented to private foundations that demonstrate outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.


The OUTSTANDING CORPORATION AWARD is presented to a corporation or its corporate foundation for demonstrating outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.


The OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISER AWARD is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in volunteer fundraising, and in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects for more than one non-profit organization.


The DR. JOHN S. LORE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING EXECUTIVE is for an outstanding individual fundraising executive who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner. The recipient must have at least ten years of professional fundraising experience, evidence of quality of leadership and acting as a team player, be a current 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 SPARKY ANDERSON AWARD FOR YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY was instituted as a way to recognize and reward philanthropic young people and to educate youths about the importance of helping and giving. The purpose of the youth award is three-fold: first, to thank students for volunteering their time and energy to a particular project; second, as an inspiration to encourage other children to become involved in fundraising activities by following the example of the winners; and third, to give public recognition to youths and their philanthropic projects.


The SPIRIT OF PHILANTHROPY AWARD is given to an organization, corporation, or to one or more individuals to acknowledge those that have made outstanding contributions to the philanthropic culture of our community, especially in times of need. The recipient has contributed to the community by giving time, resources, and financial support in innovative ways that creates lasting impact and sets an example for our community.


Local awards presented annually at the Greater Detroit Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day celebration:

The NEAL SHINE AWARD FOR MEDIA COMMITMENT TO PHILANTHROPY is presented to individuals with media activity focusing on building communities, demonstrating a consistent ethical foundation, showing a commitment to and success in making metropolitan Detroit a better place to live, and developing leadership and personal involvement in others.


The GEORGE W. ROMNEY AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN VOLUNTEERISM is given annually to one or more persons who have contributed many years of service to the community and who have simultaneously exhibited quality fundraising and personal giving, offering inspiration to others, and contributing their time and energies to charities of their choice.


The SPECIAL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN PHILANTHROPY AWARD was a special award for 2022.

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2024 NPD Awards Committee
Chair: Tanya Griffith, Senior Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, University of Michigan
Vice Chair: Emily Rathod, Major Gifts- Development Specialist, Forgotten Harvest
Chair-In-Waiting: Jeremiah Steen, Executive Director, Steen Foundation
 
Members:
Sommer Dawson, CFRE, Executive Director, Accent Pontiac
Autumn Parrott, CFRE, Senior Director of Development, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Paula Rodriguez, Senior Development Officer, Henry Ford Health – Wyandotte 
 
2024 NPD Award Nominations
New for 2024, award nominations will be posted here. Please note that the process is not automatic; it may take 1-2 business days for nominations to be updated.

  

Max M. Fisher Award for Outstanding Philanthropist

Nominee Title Nominee Organization Nominator Nomination Date
Connie Lipari Principal Thom & Connie Lipari Family Foundation Covenant House MI

06/03/2024

 

Outstanding Foundation Award

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Toni A. Wisne Foundation Toni A. Wisne Foundation Michigan Humane

06/03/2024

 

Outstanding Corporation Award

Nominee Title Nominee Organization Nominator Nomination Date
Cummins Cummins Life Remodeled

06/03/2024

 

George W. Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism

Nominee Title Nominee Organization Nominator Nomination Date
Gary Dembs President & Founder NPPN - Non Profit Personnel Network Mondo Unlimited

06/03/2024

 

George W. Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism

Nominee Title Nominee Organization Nominator Nomination Date
Paul Huxley & Cindy Pasky Chairman / President & CEO Strategic Staffing Solutions Michigan Humane

06/03/2024

 

Sparky Anderson Award for Youth in Philanthropy

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Brittany Lovin Program Manager Detroit Cristo Rey School - Corporate Work Study Program Forgotten Harvest

06/03/2024

 

Spirit of Philanthropy

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Christy Warren President Tau Beta Association The Children's Center

06/03/2024

 

George W. Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism

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Hugh Mahler Harvest Hero, Advisory Council, past Board member Forgotten Harvest Forgotten Harvest

06/03/2024

 

Outstanding Corporation Award

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Ideal Group Ideal Group Michigan Humane

06/03/2024

 

Outstanding Corporation Award

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Dow Company Foundation Dow Company Foundation University of Michigan

06/03/2024

 

Outstanding Corporation Award

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Priority Health - Total Health Foundation Priority Health - Total Health Foundation Forgotten Harvest

06/03/2024

 

Outstanding Corporation Award

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University of Michigan Credit Union University of Michigan Credit Union University of Michigan

06/03/2024

 

Outstanding Foundation Award

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The Carls Foundation The Carls Foundation Forgotten Harvest

06/03/2024

 

Outstanding Foundation Award

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Toni A. Wisne Foundation Toni A. Wisne Foundation Vista Maria

06/03/2024

 

Max M. Fisher Award for Outstanding Philanthropist

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Donald & Mary Kosch President & Owners Dearborn Brand/Donald & Mary Kosch Foundation Vista Maria

06/03/2024

 

George W. Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism

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Robert Holmes retired Cass Community Social Services

06/03/2024

 

Spirit of Philanthropy

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Linh Song Philanthropist ACLU of Michigan ACLU of Michigan

06/02/2024

 

Spirit of Philanthropy

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Lyndon Mabande Manager- Corporate & Foundation Philanthropy The Children's Center The Children's Center

05/31/2024

 

Spirit of Philanthropy

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Mark Valade CEO Carhartt Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center (ISAIC)

05/31/2024

 

Outstanding Foundation Award

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Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation Wayne State University

05/31/2024

 

Outstanding Corporation Award

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J and B Medical J and B Medical J and B Medical

05/30/2024

 

Neal Shine Award for Media Commitment

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Carolyn Clifford Journalist and Anchor WXYZ Channel 7 Ascension Providence Foundation

05/30/2024

 

Max M. Fisher Award for Outstanding Philanthropist

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Mary Ann Van Elslander & Family Founder AA Van Elslander Foundation Ascension Providence and St. John Foundations

05/28/2024

 

George W. Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism

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Sarah and Anthony Earley Former Chair, Belle Isle Conservancy (Sarah); Current Chair, Detroit Zoological Society (Anthony) Detroit Zoological Society and Belle Isle Conservancy

05/23/2024

 

Dr. John S. Lore Award for Outstanding Fundraising Executive

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Tammy Zonker Fundraising Strategist, AFP Master Trainer & Keynote Speaker Fundraising Transformed Angela Hospice

05/13/2024

 

Outstanding Foundation Award

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Matilda R. Wilson Fund Matilda R. Wilson Fund Meadow Brook Hall

04/30/2024

  

Sparky Anderson Award for Youth in Philanthropy

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Jelani Stowers Vice President, Narrative & Research Steen Foundation Steen Foundation

04/05/2024

  

Spirit of Philanthropy

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Angelique Power President & CEO Skillman Foundation Life Leaders

04/05/2024

 

Neal Shine Award for Media Commitment

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JoAnne Purtan Morning Radio Broadcaster New Day Foundation for Families New Day Foundation for Families

04/16/2024