2019 National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon


Celebrating the generosity that lives in our communities!

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National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration
November 15, 2019
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Ithaca College - Emerson Suites, Campus Center

You are invited to join us on National Philanthropy Day to recognize and honor all the good that happens in our Finger Lakes communities; and the philanthropists, volunteers, and fundraising leaders behind it!

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The mission for this event is to foster and create connections among community members, businesses, philanthropists, and nonprofit organizations. The National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration is open to anyone, with discounted ticket prices for AFP members. 

What is National Philanthropy Day?

National Philanthropy Day® is both an official day and a grassroots movement. Every year, since 1986 when President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed November 15th as National Philanthropy Day®, communities across the globe have celebrated by hosting events to recognize activities of donors, volunteers, foundations, leaders, corporations, and others engaged in philanthropy.

NPD is a celebration of philanthropy—giving, volunteering and charitable engagement—that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy—and all those involved in the philanthropic process—makes to our society and our world. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is founder of the NPD movement and chief supporter and sponsor. Learn more at afpglobal.org.

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**New in 2019** - Bring your Partners in Philanthropy!  We encourage you to use this event as an opportunity to steward your most valued supporters. Invite your Partners in Philanthropy – major donors, VIPs, board members, volunteer - to join you at the NPD Awards Celebration! They will be recognized at the event with a special nametag, recognition during the program, and a photo. Inviting a Partner (or two) can help you connect and steward your donors during an important time of year!


About the AFP Finger Lakes Chapter’s NPD Awards

Each year, the AFP Finger Lakes chapter hosts an awards celebration and luncheon on National Philanthropy Day. The Chapter, along with our community and nominators, recognize individuals and businesses among the following categories:


Philanthropist of the Year
Honors an individual or family that has demonstrated exemplary financial support of the nonprofit sector.

Corporate Philanthropist of the Year  
Honors an area business - local, national or international - that has demonstrated exemplary financial and/or in-kind support and volunteer leadership in the non-profit sector.

Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year
Honors an individual or family that has demonstrated exemplary volunteer leadership in the non-profit sector.

Outstanding Professional Achievement in Nonprofit Leadership
Honors an individual who has demonstrated exemplary commitment, professionalism and leadership throughout the course of their nonprofit career.


2019 Award Nominees

This year, the event will expand its recognition and celebration of philanthropy by announcing all award qualified nominees in advance, with the winner announced at the event on November 15th. Join us to celebrate all of the amazing nominees and find out who has won.


2019 Nominees

(listed in alphabetical order. Winners will be announced November 15th!):


Elizabeth Bixler & Betsy East

MaryBeth Bunge

Ciao Restaurant

Corning Incorporated 

Jon Jensen

Perri LoPinto

Margaret Shackell

Tompkins Financial Corporation

David Wahl

Deb and Chuck Wilke


Congratulations to our all of our nominees!

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Nomination Process

The Finger Lakes Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
is pleased to invite nominations for philanthropic excellence in the Finger Lakes region.

Nominations are accepted June 1 - September 15 each year.  
Guidelines and Award Nominations Information: CLICK HERE

Past NPD Award Recipients

Philanthropist of the Year

2018 Shelley and Ron Cooper
2017 Mary Berens
2016 The Coghlan Family
2015 Rick Maxa
2014 Barbara M. Hall (posthumous)
2013 James R. and Maisie Houghton
2012 Chuck Tauck and Fran Littin
2011 Arthur Kuckes
2010 Jim and Ceil Spero
2009 John and Polly Guth
2007 Beverly Baker
2006 Andrew Sciarabba
2005 Constance and Peter Manikas
2004 Percy Browning
2003 Margaret "Gibby" Gibson
2002 Reverend Jack Lewis (posthumous)

Corporate Philanthropist of the Year

2018 Gary Wolosyzn & Wegmans Food Markets
2017 CFCU Community Credit Union
2016 Cayuga Radio Group                                                                  
2015 GiveGab
2014 M & T Bank
2013 Ithaca Bakery/Collegetown Bagels
2012 Cargill Salt Mine
2011 Seneca Beverage Company
2010 Chemung Canal Trust
2009 Dryden Mutual Insurance Company
2008 CSP Management
2007 Borg Warner Morse TEC
2006 Emerson Power Transmission
2005 Tompkins Trust Company
2004 Jubilee Foods

Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year

2018 Dean Shea
2017 Mary Grainger
2016 Tom Colbert
2015 Richie Moran
2014 Lorraine Johnson
2012 Ann Costello
2011 Larry Baum
2010 Eugene Yarussi                                                   
2009 Jim and Terry Byrnes
2008 Jean Gortzig
2007 John White
2006 Women Swimmin' Organizing Committee
2005 Sandy True
2004 Jennnifer Engel
2003 Brad and Mary Grainger

Professional Fundraiser of the Year

2004 Eleanor Cicherchi, CFRE
2003 David R. Dunlop

Outstanding Professional Achievement in Nonprofit Leadership

2018 Peigi Cook
2017 Bob Riter
2016 Steve Griffin
2015 Wendy Skinner
2014 Joanne Florino
2013 Kathy Cole and Paula Peter
2011 Brigid Hubberman
2010 Frank Robinson
2008 Nina Miller

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This event would not be possible without our generous sponsors:


TRIAD Foundation 

CSP Management
VISIONS Federal Credit Union 

Cayuga Medical Center
Community Foundation of Tompkins County

Community Foundation of Elmira Corning and the Finger Lakes
Legacy Foundation
The Solstice Group

Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund 
West Wind Consulting

Support this event with a sponsorship. Contact the NPD co-chairs Sherri Koski and Krista Matia via email at  secretary@afpflny.com 

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Questions? Contact the NPD co-chairs Sherri Koski and Krista Matia via email at  secretary@afpflny.com