National Philanthropy Day

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.

2015 Philanthropy Award Winners:

Outstanding Champion of Diversity: Charlie Elberson
"Charlie broaches philanthropy in a unique and innovative way...the organizations he supports run the gamut from supporting people with disabilities to immigrants to women coming out of incarceration to veterans and beyond. He empowers organizations and the people they serve to become more financially independent." -Stephanie Stenglein, Community School of the Arts
Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist: Dale Gillmore
"Dale Gillmore's passion for helping children is the reason he co-founded the Make an Impact Foundation in 2010. In the past five years the MAIF has donated over $150,000 in project grants to local children in need." -Todd Lanham, AT&T External Affairs
Outstanding Student Philanthropist: James McLelland
"James is only the second sophomore who has ever served on the Service Council and his impact was immediate. He wants to be a part of the changes that can make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate." -Mary Jane Gallagher and C.W. Stacks, Charlotte Latin School
Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: Bank of America
"Bank of America is just as much a leader in philanthropy and social impact as it is an industry leader in banking. With thousands of volunteer hours and millions of dollars invested in our community, this organization is top-of-mind when one thinks of philanthropy in Charlotte." Shannon Hinson, Thompson Child & Family Focus
Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business: Two Men and a Truck
"Two Men and a Truck Charlotte, led by Tripp Moore, consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to support Charlotte area non-profits through moving or storage. Tripp and his team recognize their ability to help the community, and respond to the call each and every time." Sarah Lanners, Community School of the Arts
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Edward O'Keefe
"Ed is one of the most generous and impactful community leaders that I know. Ed consistently holds himself and those around him to the highest standards of ethics, transparency, accountability and commitment." Charles Bowman, Charlotte Market President, Bank of America
Outstanding Legacy: Mary Liz Francis
"Educating students of all ages was a passion for Mary Liz Francis, who believed in the importance of providing young people with opportunity, experiences to inspire, and people around them to encourage a love of learning." -James Bullock, Queens University of Charlotte
Outstanding Professional Fundraiser: Jenni Gaisbauer
"A development professional for 15 years who's raised more than $25 million for a variety of organizations, Jenni sets high goals for herself and her team, but doesn't ask her teammates to do anything she wouldn't be willing to do herself. Jenni bravely asks "why" when that's not clear. She listens and then listens some more. She learns as effectively as she teaches, and cares about the community outside her own organization."- Lee Keesler, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Outstanding Philanthropist: Howard Levine
"Howard Levine is transforming this community, one gift at a time. He sees a need, and acts quickly, rewarding innovation and creativity while also recognizing the importance of meeting pressing, urgent community needs. He and his wife Julie have generously supported a variety of educational, health care, human services and Jewish causes in an effort to give back and make a difference."-Catherine Warfield, Foundation For The Carolinas

Click HERE to see a list of past recipients. 



November 15, 2016
Sheraton Charlotte
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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