National Philanthropy Day



Nominations are now being accepted! 


What Is National Philanthropy Day?

National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside on the fifteenth of November. The purpose of this day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world.

NPD was originally conceived of and organized by Douglas Freeman in the 1980s, and the first official events held in 1986 after President Reagan signed the official NPD proclamation. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. 

How does AFP Greater Madison celebrate National Philanthropy Day?

Each year, we gather (in-person or virtually) to celebrate philanthropy in our local community. It is a chance to celebrate today the impact that philanthropy has on us all as a community. Nominations are received and a panel of judges (individuals from the community) select the annual honorees. 

Read about submitting a 2023 nomination.


2022 AFP Greater Madison's National Philanthropy Day Honorees


The 36th Annual National Philanthropy Day, hosted by AFP Greater Madison, will take place on November 9, 2023, and will honor people and organizations whose philanthropic efforts make our community a wonderful place to live.

AFP Greater Madison National Philanthropy Day

Thursday, November 9

11:30 Registration (Tickets must be purchased in advance)

12:00 Program Begins

12:10 Lunch served

1:30 Program Concludes

Guests are invited to join the celebration in person at Overture Center on November 9th. Tables are rounds of 8 people. If you are registering more than eight guests, please know that we will accommodate you as best as possible with a nearby table or adding an extra seat.

Tickets: $85 per person


Helpful tip: before registering, find out if you guest prefers a vegetarian meal for their lunch. 

If you have any issues making payment through our registration system, please contact Jen at 608-421-3597.


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We are already planning for the big event. Use this sign-up form to stay in touch about the event. We will be sure to let you know about registration options and other opportunities to engage with National Philanthropy Day through this list.

Honor Someone Today!

Nominations are OPEN for 2023

To find out more about the nomination process and submit a nomination, click here. If you have any questions about nominations, email Jen or call 608-421-3597.

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 1987-2022.

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


What a philanthropic community we are living in! The National Philanthropy Day celebration has grown significantly over the years.

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! Check out all the opportunities here.

Please reach out for more information on partnering with AFP Greater Madison and showing your commitment to ethical fundraising and philanthropy in our community.

"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