Nominations open for National Philanthropy Day awards

Community Foundation of Tampa Bay underwrites $10,000 Award for Philanthropist of the Year honoree to provide to charity of their choice

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Suncoast Chapter is now accepting nominations for its National Philanthropy Day awards to recognize outstanding philanthropists and volunteers in our community. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the event in Tampa Bay, the presenting sponsor, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, is offering a $10,000 grant on behalf of the individual who is awarded Philanthropist of the Year, to be given to a charity of his or her choice.

AFP will be presenting awards in seven categories at the National Philanthropy Day breakfast held Friday, November 15 at the Tampa Airport Marriott. Nomination applications may be submitted on the AFP Suncoast website at by midnight on August 9.

“Since National Philanthropy Day debuted here 30 years ago, its awards have become one of the community’s most prized honors. We know philanthropists don’t do what they do for recognition. They do it for the joy of giving,” said Marlene Spalten, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. “It is our honor to provide this additional $10,000 grant in honor of the Philanthropist of the Year to reinforce the spirit of unity and giving in Tampa Bay and to encourage others to embrace philanthropy.”

Nominations are open in the following categories:

  • Philanthropist of the Year
  • Philanthropic Corporation of the Year
  • Gayle Sierens Volunteer of the Year in Philanthropy
  • Spirit of Philanthropy
  • Philanthropic Small Business of the Year
  • Philanthropic Service Organization of the Year
  • Youth in Philanthropy



About National Philanthropy Day
The purpose of this National Philanthropy Day is 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. Tampa Bay hosted its first National Philanthropy Day awards in 1989. NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. To learn more about National Philanthropy Day, please visit or follow us on Facebook at, and @afpsuncoast on Twitter.

About the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
Founded in 1990, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay connects donors, nonprofits, community and business leaders, professional advisors, volunteers and residents to make the maximum positive impact in the Tampa Bay region. For more than 25 years, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to making giving easy and meaningful for donors as a way to strengthen nonprofit organizations and build a better, more vibrant community. Since its inception, its donors have enabled the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to award more than $215 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.

About Association of Fundraising Professionals
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents 31,000 fundraisers in more than 240 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. The AFP Suncoast Chapter, which represents more than 230 fundraisers, fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information, go to


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