National Philanthropy Day 

In light of the current pandemic and the financial strain on all of our institutions, we could not imagine asking nonprofits to gather for National Philanthropy Day® 2020.

We have postponed this year’s activities to November 12, 2021. We can’t wait to see you there when we're back and better than ever. 

We have more information coming soon about a virtual session celebrating philanthropy this November. For any questions, please email us at [email protected].

The Association of Fundraising Professionals - Greater Houston Chapter’s first National Philanthropy Day luncheon was held in 1986. Today, the event has grown to be one of the largest National Philanthropy Day celebrations in the country and the premier celebration of philanthropy and recognition of community volunteers in the Greater Houston area. The board of the AFP-GHC thanks all who served as National Philanthropy Day chairs, co-chairs, committee members, and event volunteers. We salute your contributions to the fundraising profession and thank you for making National Philanthropy Day® such a success. This event would not be possible without your leadership.

About National Philanthropy Day® Awards

Applications for the National Philanthropy Day 2021 Awards are now open. Find more information here

Each spring, the AFP-GHC accepts nominations from the community for the National Philanthropy Day Awards.

Among the awards that may be given are: 

  • Maurice Hirsch Award for Philanthropy — the highest recognition and honor to an individual donor or family
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation
  • Outstanding Corporation, Large (more than 100 employees)
  • Outstanding Corporation, Small (fewer than 100 employees)
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
  • Outstanding Communications Partner
  • Outstanding Community Service Organization
  • Outstanding Fundraising Program (less than $2 million)
  • Outstanding Fundraising Program (more than $2 million)
  • Outstanding Fundraising Professional
  • Byron Welch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising
  • M. Anne Murphy Award for Professional Advancement
  • Youth in Philanthropy Award

For information, view the criteria for each award and nomination forms. See our past honorees

A National Philanthropy Day® Awards Committee, composed of AFP-GHC members, reviews all nominations and selects the winners based on the most qualified candidates. Not all awards are given each year.

As fundraisers, we want to be transparent about where the funds raised at National Philanthropy Day go each year. Funds are used for the advancement and betterment of our local chapter in the form of scholarships for our members.

 AFP-GHC offers the following scholarships each year for members to participate: 

In order to attract the best and brightest to our profession, we remain accountable to the growth of the next generation as leaders. All of these scholarships for various member growth opportunities are part of this important investment.