FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT!
If you’ve been a part of the Southern Arizona Chapter of AFP for a while, you will know that National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is near and dear to my heart. I had the pleasure and privilege to serve as the chairperson for the event in both 2011 and 2012, working with a great group of AFP volunteers to produce this special day which we set aside each year to recognize and celebrate the many contributions that philanthropists, board members, volunteers, civic and corporate leaders, and nonprofit professionals have made in our lives, our community and our nation.
This year, NPD will be celebrated on Friday, November 18, 2016 with a luncheon at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. YES – it seems like light-years away BUT there is much to be done in preparation for the event. We have another outstanding group of volunteers putting the event together this year and they need your help and cooperation to make it the BEST NPD EVER! There are many opportunities for you and your agency to shine at the event. First, five awards are presented each year to individuals or groups from Southern Arizona whose philanthropic contributions and dedicated volunteerism improve the quality of life in our community. Nominations may be made by executive directors, development professionals, board members or volunteers within your organization. Look around you – are there supporters that have gone the extra mile to support the mission of your organization and the wider community that you would like to honor?
Nominations are judged by a panel of community volunteers and philanthropists. The five awardees are honored with a feature story in Tucson Lifestyle Magazine Charity Register, a video presentation at the event and a beautiful award. Here is where the cooperation part comes in – Fully completed nominations must be received by 4:30 PM Friday, June 3, 2016. The DEADLINE IS ABSOLUTE! Download the nomination guidelines TODAY. Once you’ve gathered all the information you need, submit the form, a 2-page letter of nomination, and letters of support online.
The second way to make the event more fun and personally rewarding for your volunteers and philanthropists is to honor them with a Spirit of Philanthropy Award. This award is not a judged award, but rather presented to all philanthropists, board members, and volunteers who are nominated. Formal praise of those who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and vision in support of your organization’s goals not only confirms their efforts but also inspires others in Southern Arizona to become more involved in our community. It is a much shorter nomination process and is again available online. Nominations are accepted from July 1 through September 20. Again, your cooperation is needed in meeting this deadline AND in providing your agency logo, photograph of your honoree and optional ad camera-ready artwork to the NPD Committee no later than October 2, 2016.
Last, but certainly not least, is BE THERE OR BE L7 (for those of you too young to understand this reference, think slightly lopsided “square”). This is truly the event of the year in the Southern Arizona fundraising world – a day to celebrate, honor, pay tribute to and see firsthand the power of philanthropy in Southern Arizona. The room is full, the energy radiates. You will leave the event glowing with gratitude – guaranteed!