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


APF%202016%20edit-0001_Good%20Actions%20NPD%20program.jpgThe 33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day, hosted by AFP Greater Madison, will take place on Friday, November 13, 2020, 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 11:15 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.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Madison is excited to announce the winners of the 2019 National Philanthropy Day Awards. These individuals, businesses and organizations have shown commitment and passion to strengthening our community and making it a better place to live for everyone.

Congratulations to the following 2019 National Philanthropy Day Award winners:


● Outstanding Individual Philanthropists – James Berbee and Karen Walsh

(Nominated by Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association)


● Outstanding Philanthropic Organization or Foundation – Friends of UW Health

(Nominated by Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association and UW Health Marketing & Communications)


● Outstanding Business or Corporation – Exact Sciences

(Nominated by United Way of Dane County)


● Outstanding Small Business – Adams Outdoor Advertising, Madison

(Nominated by Journey Mental Health Center and Middleton Outreach Ministry)


● Outstanding Fundraising Professional – Martha Vukelich-Austin

(Nominated by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin)


● Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy – UW Pre-Veterinary Association

(Nominated by Dane County Humane Society)


● Lifetime Achievement – Pleasant T. Rowland

(Nominated by Children’s Theater of Madison and Madison Youth Choirs)

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.


This event is currently sold out!

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