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.

The AFP Charlotte Chapter remains committed to safeguarding the health of honorees, nominators, and those who wish to celebrate philanthropy in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. The 2021 NPD Luncheon will be a hybrid event with a small, in-person awards ceremony that will be livestreamed and broadcasted to our wider NPD audience, utilizing a virtual platform that still allows for networking and connection amongst virtual guests. Please join us on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 11:45 am 1:00 pm. Information on sponsorships, tables, and tickets can be found here as well as registration links below. We look forward to celebrating the Power of Community with you!

Registration for the virtual NPD on Thursday, November 18, 2021 is now open!
Individual Ticket 

Luncheon Table Sponsors
Sponsor Packages

National Philanthropy Day is close to selling out! After reaching our initial attendee maximum in early October, we were able to release 100 more seats. Don't miss this last opportunity to attend this year's incredible virtual event and celebrate our honorees. Get your tickets or tables before it's too late!

Thank you to our sponsors, table hosts, and individual supporters we are so excited for NPD on November 18!

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

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




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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