National Philanthropy Day

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 at Overture Center for the Arts  for National Philanthropy Day,  a luncheon and awards celebration honoring community champions for their unique contributions and dedication to nonprofit causes. Through the inspiring and heartwarming stories of our award recipients, we share the power of philanthropy with a sell-out crowd. You won't want to miss this remarkable event!

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


2015 Outstanding Philanthropist Bea Christensen

Share the Power of Philanthropy

The inspiring stories of our local award recipients allow us to share the power of philanthropy with our community and recognize them for time, diligence and commitment. 

Join AFP Greater Madison in recognizing those whose acts of generosity have shaped our community.  Help celebrate the great philanthropy of individuals, groups, businesses, and organizations by nominating them for a 2019 National Philanthropy Day Award.

2019 nominations will be accepted through 4:00 pm on Friday, July 12.

Nomination Forms & Guidelines  

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Outstanding Business or Corporation (100+ employees)

Outstanding Small Business or Corporation (less than 100 employees)

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization (and/or Foundation)

Outstanding Fundraising Professional

Outstanding Individual Philanthropist

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (individual or group, age 25 or under)

Lifetime Achievement

Honorees will be announced in late summer. If your nominee wins, they will receive two complimentary tickets and the nominator (one per nominee) will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. Nominee and honoree together will be given an opportunity to reserve up to four tables for their guests to purchase additional tickets. Nominees must notify AFP Greater Madison by August 17 of planned ticket purchases. AFP Greater Madison will communicate all dates to the nominee upon selection of awards.

Thank you for taking the time to make a nomination and for your interest in the Association of Fundraising Professionals and celebrating philanthropy in our community.

APF%202016%20edit-0001_Good%20Actions%20NPD%20program.jpgThe 32nd Annual National Philanthropy Day, hosted by AFP Greater Madison, will take place on Friday, November 8, 2019, and will honor the people and organizations whose financial and volunteer efforts make Madison and Dane County a wonderful place to live. 

The National Philanthropy Day celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. with networking and registration, followed by a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the grand lobby of the Overture Center for the Arts. 

Ticket information coming soon!

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 1987-2018.

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

PhilanthropyDay_220_2017%20sponsors%20closing.jpgNational Philanthropy Day has become one of the hottest tickets in town each fall. Inspiring and heart-warming stories from the honorees always have an impact on our guests. That's the reason so many of our sponsors come back year after year - to ensure they have a seat in the room! Our National Philanthropy Day celebration has sold out the past eight years.

2019 Sponsorship Opportunities

Your sponsorship not only helps celebrate the remarkable contributions of our honorees, but you're also making an investment in AFP Greater Madison. Funds raised from this event support our year-round efforts to provide the best professional development and education for our local fundraisers and nonprofit community.

If you have questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.