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 (2020 will be a virtual celebration, see below for details),  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



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

At this time, we are unsure that we will be able to gather together in the lobby of the Overture Center. The good news is that we will find a way to celebrate and honor each of the nominees. We know that philanthropy continues to play a vital role in our community and we sincerely thank you for the work you do!

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Madison is excited to announce nominations are open for the 2020 National Philanthropy Day Awards. These individuals, businesses, and organizations will have shown commitment and passion to strengthening our community and making it a better place to live for everyone. Please submit nominations online through this form. The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to August 27, 2020.

2020 National Philanthropy Day Award Nomination Categories 

Outstanding Individual Philanthropists 

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization or Foundation

Outstanding Business or Corporation

Outstanding Fundraising Professional

Outstanding Grassroots Fundraiser

Outstanding  Achievement in JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)

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

Lifetime Achievement

2020 Nomination Form

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.

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.

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.


Registration information will be announced soon!