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Nominations are open! Honor Outstanding Volunteers, Philanthropists, and Professionals in Northeast Wisconsin

Dear colleagues and friends:

 

On behalf of the 2021 National Philanthropy Day planning committee, we are pleased to present the 2021 National Philanthropy Day Awards. We are excited to return to celebrating our outstanding philanthropists in person this year. Please continue to watch your email for more event details.

Northeast Wisconsin has a long tradition of philanthropy in our communities, and we invite you to recognize those who have supported your organizations. 

  • Outstanding Lifetime Philanthropy Award

  • Outstanding Philanthropist Award

  • Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award

  • Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Award

  • Youth in Philanthropy Award

  • Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award

You will find descriptions of each award below, along with what the judges will be looking for in the nomination. To review who has previously received an award, please visit our honorees page.

 

Please submit your nomination(s) via this online form. If you prefer to email your nomination, please download this form and send your completed nomination materials to afp.newi@gmail.com no later than Saturday, July 31, 2021 by midnight (CST). Late submissions will not be accepted.

 

Nominating organizations will be notified of the award recipients in early September. Only the names of award recipients will be published in event materials. Names of other nominees will remain confidential.

If you have any questions regarding nominations, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you at National Philanthropy Day and celebrating our outstanding philanthropists together!

 

Sincerely,

 

AFP Northeast Wisconsin Chapter National Philanthropy Day Award Co-Chairs

Megan Schuessler

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes

Emily Wisniewski

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

The Awards & Criteria

The award selection committee, consisting of area nonprofit and marketing professionals, will choose a worthy recipient in each award category. The decisions of the award selection committee are final and will be shared with nominators in mid-September. Only the names of award recipients will be shared publicly. Names of nominees who were not selected will remain confidential and will not be published in any event materials.

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OUTSTANDING LIFETIME PHILANTHROPY

Presented to an individual or family, either in honor or memory, who are recognized widely as community philanthropists and have a long and proven record of making a significant impact in their community through financial support and volunteerism/leadership for a variety of organizations.

Nominations in this category should include the following:

  • Specific examples of direct financial support, volunteerism, and leadership

  • Description of impact of the above examples to the nonprofit and greater community

  • Legacy of philanthropic impact over the nominee's lifetime

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OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIST

Presented to an individual or family who have demonstrated exceptional generosity through direct financial support, outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles on a local, national and/or international level.

Nominations in this category should include the following:

  • Examples of direct financial support and civic and charitable responsibility

  • Description of impact of the above examples to the nonprofit and greater community

  • Examples of encouragement and motivation given to others to take on philanthropic leadership roles

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OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEER

Presented to an individual or couple who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skill in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects and is recognized for sharing their time and talents with area nonprofit organizations.

Nominations in this category should include the following:

  • Examples of leadership and organizational ability in fundraising campaigns

  • Description of time, effort, and financial commitment to the nonprofit and greater community over the time of their service

  • Details of fundraising goals achieved by his/her effort

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OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIC CORPORATION

Presented to a corporation or its corporate foundation that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

Nominations in this category should include the following:

  • Specific examples of direct philanthropic support of projects in the greater community

  • Description of the impact and specific achievements of the above examples

  • Examples of encouragement and motivation given to other individuals or corporations to take on philanthropic leadership roles

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YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY

Presented to an individual or group of young people (college students or younger) who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, charitable programs, volunteerism and/or leadership in philanthropy.

Nominations in this category should include the following:

  • Examples of volunteerism to the nonprofit and greater community

  • Description of specific achievements from the efforts above examples

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OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONAL

Presented to an individual fundraising professional who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner. The recipient must have at least five years of professional fundraising experience, evidence of quality of leadership and being a team player, a commitment to continuing professional development, and commitment to fundraising and philanthropy through volunteer service and financial support of non-profit organizations.

Nominations in this category should include the following:

  • Examples of career achievements, experience and results, including length of fundraising background

  • Examples of the individual’s effective leadership

  • Description of the individual’s commitment to continuing professional development and support of the fundraising profession and philanthropy through voluntary service and financial support of nonprofit organizations

 
Nominate your outstanding philanthropists, volunteers, and professional fundraisers today!

Please submit your nomination(s) via the online form or download the form and email your completed nomination to  afp.newi@gmail.com no later than Saturday, July 31, 2021 by midnight (CST). Late submissions will not be accepted.