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 18th Annual AFP National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Awards Ceremony

Date: Wednesday November 20, 2019
Location: Hellenic Cultural Centre (3052 Walker Rd)
8:00 am: Registration/Networking
8:30 am: Breakfast & Award Ceremony
Click HERE to purchase event tickets

We are excited to announce this years National Philanthropy Day Award Recipients:

WindsorEssex Community Foundation Award for Spirit of Philanthropy
Fo Abiad

Habitat for Humanity Windsor Essex Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Maya Mikhael

AFP Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional
Pat Valleau

United Way Centraide Windsor-Essex Award for Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Jeff Casey

University of Windsor Award for Outstanding Business or Corporation
The Garage Gym

Caesars Windsor Cares Award for Outstanding Fundraising Innovation (NEW)
Canadian Mental Health Association – Sole Focus Project

YOUR TV/Cogeco Award for Outstanding Community Champion (NEW)
Chris Caruana

Breakfast Sponsors: WFCU Credit Union, Windsor Regional Hospital Foundation & Together in Sharing Foundation
Centrepiece Sponsor: Ground Effects  – which will benefit The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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.