National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is a special day set aside in November to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy–and those people active in the philanthropic community–to the enrichment of our world. First held in 1986, NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions.
On National Philanthropy Day, we celebrate the extraordinary change that fundraising and philanthropy have created to help change our world. This begins right here at home, and our community is exceptional.
The past year and a half, our treasured volunteers, donors, and friends have shown their devotion to our organizations. Please join us as we honor those that have support our organization’s greatest needs.
Learn more about our awards below!
1. Outstanding Philanthropist Award
This award recognizes an individual or family for contributions to one or more organizations in Northern Illinois. The individual or family must have a proven record of exceptional generosity through direct financial support and demonstrate outstanding civic and charitable responsibility.
2. Outstanding Corporation or Foundation
Corporations or foundations are honored for outstanding commitment and financial support of philanthropic causes in Northern Illinois. The award recognizes a business or foundation whose generosity has greatly benefited the community, as well as encouraged and motivated others to assume leadership roles toward causes of philanthropy.
3. Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award
This outstanding individual must have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills coordinating major fundraising campaigns and motivating groups of fundraising volunteers for the benefit of charitable institutions.
4. Outstanding Community Service Volunteer Award
This outstanding individual must have made a significant impact by providing support through gifts of their time and talents to a number of organizations in the not-for-profit community.
5. Future Philanthropist Award
This award honors an individual or group of young people, 18 to 24 years of age, for extraordinary volunteer fundraising efforts on behalf of philanthropic causes.
6. Presidential Youth Service Award
This award recognizes exemplary leadership and generosity of spirit in an elementary, middle or high school student or group of students whose selfless efforts have benefitted a good cause in the community. Young people who receive this award represent the best of humanity and good citizenship and serve as an inspiration to all.