National Philanthropy Day Awards

National Philanthropy Day
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Each November, local chapters of the Association for Fundraising Professionals throughout the world set aside one special day to recognize the significant impact of philanthropy and it's called National Philanthropy Day (NPD).

Since 1987, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Rhode Island (AFP-RI) and more than 100 non-profit organizations have come together to honor outstanding philanthropic contributions of corporations, small businesses, individuals and groups. Through philanthropy and volunteering, these individuals and organizations have made a real difference in the lives of men, women and children in Rhode Island and southeastern New England.

During the National Philanthropy Day event, recognition is given to more than 50 Partners in Philanthropy by non-profit organizations who want to honor outstanding volunteers and donors.

In addition, we honor outstanding philanthropists in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Philanthropic Citizen
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Business
  • $2,500 Youth in Philanthropy Scholarship (high school student graduating in 2021)

We accept nominations from non-profits and community members, as well as self-nominations.

Congratulations to our 2020 Award Recipients! 

Outstanding Philanthropic Citizens
Linda and Charles Newton

Outstanding Philanthropic Business

Herbert E. Kaplan Youth in Philanthropy Scholarship 
Caroline Taylor 

Past National Philanthropy Day Award Recipients

Outstanding Philanthropic CORPORATION

2019 Russell Morin Catering & Events 
2018 New England Laborers’ Tri-Funds
2017 Claflin Company
2016 Ocean State Job Lot
2014 Taco, Inc.
2013 Gregg’s Restaurants & Pubs
2012 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
2011 Stop & Shop
2010 Amica Insurance
2009 Swarovski North America Limited
2008 Bank of America
2007 Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP
2006 Collette Vacations
2005 Whole Foods Market
2004 BankRI
2003 The Washington Trust Company
2002 WJAR/NBC10
2001 CVS/pharmacy
2000 Verizon
1999 BankBoston
1998 Textron, Inc.
1997 Fleet
1996 Citizens Bank
1995 The Providence Journal Company
1994 Hasbro, Inc.

Outstanding Philanthropic BUSINESS

2019 Russell Morin Catering & Events 
2018 Newport Tent Company
2017 Gracie’s Venture
2016 Delta Dental of Rhode Island
2015 Barton Gilman LLP
2014 Coastway Community Bank
2013 Seven Stars Bakery
2012 Performance Physical Therapy
2011 Centreville Bank
2010 Koch Eye Associates
2009 Cat Country 98.1 WCTK-FM
2008 Lefkowitz, Garfinkel, Champi & DeRienzo PC
2007 Pinnelli-Marra Group
2006 RI Monthly Communications
2005 Duffy & Shanley
2004 WPMZ Poder 1110AM
2002 Pawtucket Red Sox
2001 East Side Marketplace

Outstanding Philanthropic CITIZEN(s)

2018 Dr. Joseph Chazan
2017 Kate and Howard Kilguss
2016 Alfred J. Verrecchia
2015 Suzanne Magaziner
2014 James A. Hopkins
2013 Carol A. Peterson
2012 Brenda and Raymond “Chip” Bolster
2011 Louis Marciano
2010 Joan Abrams
2009 Constance Worthington
2008 Majorie Brightman Catanzaro
2007 Arthur Robbins
2006 Gary St. Peter
2005 Barbara Stillman
2004 Maxwell Mays*
2003 Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip
2002 Herman Rose
2001 Herbert E. Kaplan*
2000 Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Sharpe, Jr.
1999 Guy Abelson*
1998 Mr.* and Mrs.* John Hazen White, Sr.
1997 The Russell A. Boss Family
1996 Mr.* and Mrs. Malcolm G. Chace
1995 Alan Shawn Feinstein
          Carol McGovern, RSM* awarded posthumously
1994 Alperin/Hirsch Family
1992 Norman* and Rosalie* Fain
1991 Mary Ann Lippitt*
1990 G. Dickson Kenney*
1989 The Goddard Family, George Miller
1988 Charles E. Gleadow, Jr.* and John W. Wait*
1987 William Heisler, III
1986 Bayard Ewing*
1985 Thomas P.I. Goddard*
1984 Roger P. Braman*
1983 Allen H. Howland*
1982 Joseph W. Ress*