National Philanthropy Day

Join the 2020 Virtual Livestream

We wish we could be sharing hugs and laughter today but for now, we will stay safely home and celebrate this year's honorees. To join the event from the comfort of your home, click here at noon on Friday, November 13th.

You can visit our YouTube page after the live event to watch the recording.

Congratulations to all of the 2020 Honorees.



View pictures from past National Philanthropy Day events in our photo gallery.

"November 3, 2017 will always be an incredible memory for me. To be recognized by my peers at our National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon was truly an honor."

Connie Beam, Wisconsin Public Radio
2017 Outstanding Fundraising Professional



The 33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day, hosted by AFP Greater Madison, will take place as a virtual event on Friday, November 13, 2020. We will honor the people and organizations whose financial and volunteer efforts make Madison and Dane County a wonderful place to live. 

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Madison is pleased to announce the 2020 Honorees:

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy


Peyton Barber


Nominated by Girl Scouts of Wisconsin - Badgerland

Outstanding Achievement in JEDI


April Kigeya


Nominated by Marci Kunene

Outstanding Business


First Business Bank


Nominated by United Way of Dane County

Outstanding Fundraising Professional

Paul Harrison 


Nominated by Access Community Health Centers

Outstanding Grass Roots Fundraiser


Mary and Rob Gooze


Nominated by Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association

Outstanding Individual Philanthropist


Jun W and

Sandra M. Lee


Nominated by Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

The Levy Giving Fund


Nominated by Quiet Santa, UW Health American Family Children's Hospital, Gilda's Club, Heartland Farm Sanctuary, and Madison Children's Museum

2015 Youth in Philanthropy Honoree, Alex
Haunty with Ted DeDee, Overture Center for
the Arts CEO.

Since 1987, AFP Greater Madison has recognized great philanthropy of people and organizations in the greater Madison area. View our complete list of past winners from 1987-2019.

Thank you for your interest in AFP Greater Madison and celebrating philanthropy within our community.


What a philanthropic community we are living in! Although this pandemic has caused much stress in our community, we have also seen a tremendous increase in philanthropy. We are honored to host a virtual edition of National Philanthropy Day.

This year’s event will take place on Friday, November 13, 2020, and has a new spin, celebrating philanthropy with a focus on JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion). The event will honor some of the individuals and organizations whose financial and volunteer efforts make Madison and Dane County a wonderful place to live for everyone.

The National Philanthropy Day celebration has grown significantly in recent years, and we are thrilled to now be offering the event online. The virtual format will be a mix of live and recorded features over the lunch hour. We will also be recording the full event for those who are unable to attend the live showing. The great news is that seating won't be limited!

We invite you to become a part of this celebration and show your support of local philanthropy through one of our sponsorship opportunities. To become a sponsor, simply let us know you are in and we will begin including you in upcoming marketing opportunities! 

Sponsorship Commitment Form


Join this annual celebration virtually this year! We will be honoring several award winners at the 2020 National Philanthropy Day celebration.

As fundraisers, and a community united around a world of good actions, we come together each year to celebrate philanthropy in the greater Madison area. Each November we gather to celebrate honoring community champions for their unique contributions and dedication to nonprofit causes. This year will be no different!

Through the inspiring and heartwarming stories of our award recipients, we will share the power of philanthropy. This year's event will focus on highlighting and engaging community efforts through the lens of JEDI. AFP Greater Madison is proud to announce the addition of two new award categories: Outstanding Grassroots Fundraiser and Outstanding Achievement in JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion).


Thank you 2020 National Philanthropy Day Sponsors