National Philanthropy Day



National Philanthropy Day celebrates the individuals and organization who are changing the world with a giving heart. At the heart of AFP Charlotte's National Philanthropy Day event is the desire to uplift the different forms 'giving back' can take and recognize the critical role philanthropy plays in creating a more equitable Charlotte-Mecklenburg community for all. AFP Charlotte appreciates the community's help in nominating worthy honorees. Your voice is essential in telling our community's story and creating an event that truly reflects the entire Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.

2021 National Philanthropy Honorees

Outstanding Champion of Diversity | Justin L. Perry, 
Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist | Lauren Harkey
Outstanding Fundraising Executive | Donna Canzano Stucker
Outstanding Philanthropist | Mary Ruth and Philip Payne
Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business | Manolo's Bakery
Outstanding Philanthropic Organization | Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Gastonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Outstanding Student Philanthropist | Youth Leadership Council of Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser | Jared Yerg
Outstanding Legacy | George D. Patterson

Thank you to the guests, sponsors, and table hosts who celebrated an incredible National Philanthropy Day with us this year! You can watch the event and view the program here.
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.

Heart of Gold Sponsors



Heart of Silver Sponsors


Heart of Bronze Sponsors


Media Partners 


Table Sponsors

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County Cannon School UNC Charlotte
Arts+ Assistance League of Charlotte Lisa V Gray Nonprofit Strategies
Derski Foundation The Relatives Humane Society of Charlotte
Charlotte Country Day School Atrium Health Foundation Arts & Science Council
InReach Thompson Right Moves For Youth
Charlotte Latin School YWCA Central Carolinas


Event Sponsorship  

Read more about our sponsorship opportunities here. Please contact Sydney Hammond with questions.


See a list of awards and their full descriptions. 

Past Recipients 

See the list of past recipients.


Read the 2021 NPD Nominations Guidelines. If you still have questions, contact National Philanthropy Day Chair, Sydney Hammond.

Sample Nomination 

2020 Outstanding Philanthropic Organization Recipient

Did you miss our virtual program, "How to write a nomination?"

Click here to view the recording.




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