National Philanthropy Day

Message from the Governor General



The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) annual award program recognizes outstanding achievements by individual, foundation and corporate philanthropists and fundraising volunteers. In professional fundraising, such individuals and organizations form a vital partnership with charities and the nonprofit sector to ensure that the needs of all citizens are met.

Please join your local AFP Chapter in celebrating our community’s philanthropic spirit on National Philanthropy Day by submitting a nomination(s) and attending the AFP Canada South Chapter’s:

The Annual AFP National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Awards Ceremony
15th Anniversary Crystal Awards presented by Caesars Windsor

Crystal Lifetime Achievement Award – Amanda Gellman
presented by Winclare Management Inc.

Amanda Gellman

Amanda Gellman Inaugural Crystal Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


In honour of this year’s 15th anniversary celebration, AFP Canada South Board of Directors has created a Crystal Lifetime achievement Award.

Congratulations to Amanda Gellman, the recipient of this inaugural award!

The AFP Canada South Chapter have established a Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented in recognition of an individual`s extraordinary contribution and dedication to the fundraising profession. The Lifetime Achievement Award will recognize outstanding professional and volunteer contributions to the philanthropic sector, to AFP, to the profession and to the community. Current Board Members and self-nominations are not eligible for this award. This award was chosen by the AFP Canada South Board of Directors.

*This award will be presented from time-to-time at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the AFP Canada South Chapter.

2017 Date to be determined

Date: November 18th, 2016
11:30 Registration/Networking
12:00: Plated lunch will be served
12:30 Award Ceremony

Tribute to Norma Brockenshire and Luncheon Sponsors WFCU and Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation

Caesars Windsor Award for Spirit in Philanthropy
Cypher Systems Group Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

United Way Centraide Windsor-Essex Award for Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer

WindsorEssex Community Foundation Award for Outstanding Philanthropist

University of Windsor Award for Outstanding Business or Corporation



NPD National Video 2014

Philanthropy is “the love of humankind,” and National Philanthropy Day® (NPD)-November 15-is the day that thousands of people around the world come together to both (1) put that word into action and (2) recognize the change that word has brought to our communities.

NPD is a celebration of philanthropy-giving, volunteering and charitable engagement-that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy-and all those involved in the philanthropic process-makes to our society and our world.

National Philanthropy Day® is both an official day and a grassroots movement. Every year, since 1986 when President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed November 15th as National Philanthropy Day®, communities across the globe have celebrated by hosting events to recognize activities of donors, volunteers, foundations, leaders, corporations, and others engaged in philanthropy.

In 2012, the nation of Canada officially recognized NPD permanently, setting a new model for other countries to emulate. But NPD is far from just a top-down idea full of formal events. NPD is also a grassroots movement to increase public interest and awareness of the importance of philanthropy, as well as knowledge on giving, volunteering and engagement at the charitable level so people can practice EFFECTIVE philanthropy.
While many people show interest in giving or getting involved, they often need a little reminder about needs and to be inspired by goals and dreams. NPD spurs action, by not only providing tips and guidance, but ways to connect with causes and each other-so people can be inspired by what others are doing and create their own ideas for philanthropic engagement.