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National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is a special day set aside each year to show appreciation for all that has been accomplished in the Culture of Philanthropy. It’s an opportunity to recognize the great contributions – and those people and organizations making the difference – which makes Birmingham a great community. Join us as we recognize those truly exceptional volunteers and donors in our community.


Nominations Now Open!

Click here to download the nomination form.

Deadline to submit is July 15, 2017


Save the Date

Thursday, November 9, 2017

11:30 AM  -  1:00 PM

The Harbert Center
2019 Fourth Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203 


The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Alabama Chapter sponsors an annual awards program to recognize outstanding achievements by individual, foundation and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers, and professional fundraising executives.

The vision of the AFP Alabama Chapter is to create and foster extraordinary fundraising professionals for an extraordinary philanthropic community. Therefore, the Alabama AFP Chapter honors those who hold high ethical standards and best exemplify commitment, dedication, and talent toward helping Alabama. These awards are given in recognition to those individuals and organizations whose life-time or long-term achievements have made a significant impact in our community.
Award winners will receive:

Individual recognition in the November Birmingham Business Journal Non-Profit Issue.

Unique steel statuette presented individually at the event, in the company of up to 400 philanthropic-minded friends.

A professional video featuring their contributions to the community and the nominating organization. Video can be used after the event on your website, social media and organization publications.

Professional photographs for use on your website, social media, and in organization publications.
Award Guidelines:
For each award, please review and follow these guidelines:

Any person from the community may submit a nomination.

No more than two organizations can nominate the same individual jointly.

Award winners must be present to accept their award at the luncheon on November 9, 2017.

Awards selection will take place in mid-August and nominators will be informed if their nominee was selected.

Previously submitted nominations will not be carried forward. Please submit a new application for 2017 consideration.

Past honorees cannot be nominated for an award. Click here for a list of past honorees.  

If nominee is selected, nominators of award recipients will be asked to provide one professional hi-resolution head shot of awardee(s), 5 supporting pictures of the awardee(s) working with their organization/community, and may be asked to appear on the NPD awards video.

All nominations must be submitted no later than July 15, 2017. Please send completed nominations electronically to If you require assistance in submitting a nomination, please contact the Nominations Chairs, Karen Griner or Margaret Ritchie  

Click here to download an award application.


For more information, please contact Mary Hendley at or Kristi Nix at


2016 National Philanthropy Day Award Recipients

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

 McKenzie Hamby

Outstanding Charitable Organization

Suki Foundation

The William S. Roth Outstanding Fundraising Executive

Linda Baker

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Outstanding Professional Advisor

Elizabeth H. Hutchins

Outstanding Corporate Citizen

Full Moon Bar-B-Que

United Way of Central Alabama Outstanding Civic Leader

Hatton C. V. Smith

The William M. and Virginia B. Spencer Outstanding Philanthropist

Sheryl and Jon Kimerling


2016 National Philanthropy Day VIPs


Arjun Lakhanpal, honored by The Altamont School

Founders Investment Banking, honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham

Travis and Emmy McGowin, honored by St. Martin’s in the Pines

Matt Hageman , honored by Workshops, Inc.

Jennifer H. Parsons, honored by JefCoEd Foundation Board of Directors

Alice Williams, honored by Children’s Aid Society

Glenn E. Estess, Jr. , honored by Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation

Lillian Grace Swiger, honored by Red Mountain Park

Jim Gorrie, honored by YWCA Central Alabama  

Jarry Taylor, honored by YMCA of Greater Birmingham

Bruce F. Rogers, honored by Birmingham-Southern College

Lois Mancin, honored by McWane Science Center

Katie Hester, honored by Southeastern Diabetes – Camp Seale Harris

Garry Neil Drummond - In Remembrance, honored by Glenwood, Inc.

Delta Air Lines Inc. BHM FTO, honored by The Arc of Jefferson County 



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