National Philanthropy Day


November 15, 2017
Hilton Charlotte Center City
11:15 am - Networking
11:45 am - Lunch and Awards Reception
National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) acknowledges the entire spectrum of services provided by the Charlotte nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of our society. Each year the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) honors individuals, groups, organizations and businesses who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world.

We celebrate National Philanthropy Day® because of the extraordinary impact of the charitable sector and the increasing importance philanthropic activities play in our communities. National Philanthropy Day® is celebrated by more than 125 communities and 50,000 people around the world will participate in NPD events and celebrations.

The AFP Charlotte Chapter has hosted National Philanthropy Day® Awards luncheon for more than 15 years. Over 500 of Charlotte's top business leaders, foundations, charities and individuals come together to celebrate the vibrant philanthropic community that has an impact on every corner in Charlotte.

2016 Philanthropy Award Winners
Outstanding Champion of Diversity: Jonathan Belton
"Jonathan Belton is the prime example of a community connector and a champion of diversity. Jonathan, who served as Director of the Grier Heights Community Center (GHCC) until his death in January, dedicated his life to the betterment of Charlotte's Grier Heights neighborhood, a primarily African-American neighborhood built up by former slaves... When he died, Jonathan had only scratched the surface of the work he and GHCC were capable of doing. Still, he had laid the foundation for the future growth and success of the community center and the Grier Heights community."- Sarah Lanners, Community School of the Arts  
Outstanding Emerging Philanthropists: Tonya and Daunte Bruce
"Tonya and Daunte exemplify what it means to engage with the Charlotte community through service and philanthropy. Their philanthropy comes from a desire to make impactful change in the community. Their board service isn't a resume builder or networking opportunity but part of their lifestyle and how they connect to Charlotte."- Nick Stewart, Arts & Science Council
Outstanding Student Philanthropist: Kate Gatterdam
"The true measure of a leader is their ability to create, inspire and perpetuate long-lasting results. Through Kate's leadership, St. Jude Up 'til Dawn has become a part of Queens University's lifeblood. Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of students. Kate is a stand-out. Her passion, drive, and dedication are unparalleled." Amy McKinney, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: McGuireWoods, LLP
"McGuire Woods models authentic philanthropy- voluntary action for the common good- through their genuine and abundant contributions of time, talent, and treasure. They give and give back, and then give some more. They do this because they know it matters, and they want to make a difference in our community. Service is in the firm's DNA, and our community is a better place thanks to the generous, civic-minded spirit that lives at McGuire Woods."- Amy Tribble, Council for Children's Rights
Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business: Barringer Construction
"Barringer Construction is a small company growing at an extraordinary pace. As they grow, they are making sure that every new employee understands the company culture of serving their clients, their community, and their employees in equal parts." Emily Scofield, U.S. Green Building Council- North Carolina
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Gene Johnson
"There is a common theme with Gene--he does not wait until he is called upon. He actively takes the initiative because he cares about Charlotte and its future. This means supporting the organizations that make the Queen City what she is today, including helping to transform UNC Charlotte into one of the best Universities in the state." Beth Fischer, UNC Charlotte
Outstanding Legacy: John Crosland, Jr.  
"The legacy of John Crosland, Jr. will be felt for generations to come not only for the impact he made in the Charlotte business community but also as a passionate philanthropist & community leader. In addition to the significant bequest he has left in the form of the Crosland Foundation, he made both lifetime and estate gifts to a number of organizations in our community who have and will greatly benefit from his extraordinary philanthropy." - Catherine Warfield, Foundation For The Carolinas
Outstanding Fundraising Executive: Adelaide Davis
"Adelaide Davis is especially well-deserving of honor and recognition among her peers in Charlotte's philanthropic community. Humility is her hallmark; she has become known for rolling up her sleeves and getting things done, a behind-the-scenes 'engine' driving an organization's success. Adelaide has worked tirelessly in service to the community and her alma mater, Queens University of Charlotte. Through our own involvement at Queens, we have witnessed her dedication, persistence and "can do" spirit firsthand."- Bill Grigg, Duke Energy Corporation and Hugh McColl, Former Chairman & CEO at Bank of America
Outstanding Philanthropists: Catherine and Wilton Connor
"Though both retired, Catherine and Wilton may be as busy today as they were in their careers, through their active engagement with the organizations they support. Their support of the Charlotte Symphony in particular extends beyond generous annual support and significant gifts to special projects. The Connors created a living room chamber music series in their home, designed specifically to employ and give chamber music performance opportunities to musicians of the Charlotte Symphony. They created an instrument loan fund at the Symphony to assist orchestra members in the purchase of high quality instruments. And, they have funded marketing opportunities for the Symphony on both WDAV and WTVI, providing benefit for all three organizations in the process." -Michelle Hamilton, Charlotte Symphony

 Click HERE to see a list of past recipients. 



November 15, 2017
Hilton Charlotte Center City
11:15 am - Networking
11:45 am - Lunch and Awards Reception
Event sponsorships are now available!  






See a list of awards and their full descriptions. 


Champion of Diversity 
Emerging Philanthropist 
Philanthropic Small Business 
Student Philanthropist 
Philanthropic Organization 
Volunteer Fundraiser 
Professional Fundraising Executive 
Outstanding Legacy 
Outstanding Philanthropist

Tips for Nominations

Writing and compiling nominations can be overwhelming, so we put together a helpful check list of the Top 7 Items to Remember when submitting a nomination.

Past Recipients 

See the list of past recipients.


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