National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is a special day set aside to promote philanthropy and recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that are inspiring change through their significant impact on nonprofit organizations. Each day, generous benefactors and volunteers make a difference to people across a spectrum of nonprofit organizations from the arts to education to social services and everything in between. The National Philanthropy Day Luncheon is our annual, signature event at which people representing businesses, nonprofits, philanthropists and volunteers come together to celebrate our vibrant philanthropic community. All nonprofit organizations have the opportunity to participate in our Honoree process by recognizing donors, volunteers and special friends who have made a truly exceptional impact.

Event is now over, but relive the memories by viewing the following pictures:


Event Details


What’s it like to be a sponsor?

“The Fifth Third Foundation is proud to announce our 3rd year as presenting sponsor for the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at Cincinnati’s historic Music Hall.  For generations philanthropy in Cincinnati has provided much needed support for organizations across our region.  This year we are excited to join AFP in celebrating the shared impact of all organizations who are working so diligently to make communities in Cincinnati better places to live, work and raise families!”

–Heidi Jark, Managing Director, Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Foundation

Honorary Chair

Jill Meyer, President and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Jill Meyer is leading the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, one of the largest metro chambers in the nation, on an aggressive course designed to grow the vibrancy and economic prosperity of the Cincinnati region. Jill has been honored as a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, a Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40 recipient, and is an alum of the Chamber’s inaugural Women Excel (WE) Lead class and Leadership Cincinnati Class 34. In 2016, she received the Difference Maker Award from the American Bar Association and was recognized by the Cincinnati Business Courier as a Woman Who Means Business.

She earned her B.A. at Mount St. Joseph University and her J.D. at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law, both magna cum laude.  In 2016, she was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from Mount St. Joseph University.



Colin Mayfield,
WLWT Channel 5

Channel 5 Anchor Colin Mayfield as Master of Ceremonies will bring his warm smile and infectious energy from his daily morning news team right to the stage of Music Hall for National Philanthropy Day 2019.

A former graduate of Marquette University (2012) and university athlete, Colin earned his B.S in Communications and Broadcast Journalism. Colin’s career pathway includes Wausau, Wisconsin at WSAW and WLKY in Louisville before making Cincinnati and WLWT his home in 2017. Since coming to the ‘Queen City’ and joining the News 5 Team, as a single father he enjoys the Queen City’s great parks, restaurants, museums, cultural activities, the Bengals and Reds. And he’s been known to enjoy a good craft brew! When not at work, he enjoys visits from his family, a daily training session, playing video games, traveling, but above all – spending time with his children.


Award Winners… Recognizing Love Poured Out

Our Community Award Winners are local, every day people who do the extraordinary to help others. It’s their selfless giving that has spurred the birth and momentum of National Philanthropy Day. We are honored to be able to celebrate their acts of love. CLICK HERE to view past winners.

2019 Winners:

  • Philanthropist of the Year: Digi Schueler
  • Volunteer of the Year: Craig Young
  • Outstanding Youth of the Year: Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates
  • Outstanding Foundation/Corporation: The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation

To see more information on each award winner, CLICK HERE.

Honored Guests… Celebrating Our Supporters

As part of National Philanthropy Day (NPD), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) invites nonprofit organizations to recognize and celebrate individuals: donors, volunteers and special friends who support and further their missions.

How to Select Honored Guests: During the NPD registration process, nonprofit organizations may submit the names of their Honored Guests – donors, volunteers and special friends. AFP requests that nonprofits submit only Honored Guest names of people that will be attending the luncheon. When guest names are entered, Honored Guest designations can be chosen. AFP will list Honored Guest names in the NPD program. Honored Guest names must be submitted to AFP by October 15, 2019 for inclusion in the program.

If you need assistance in entering guest names or designating which ones are Honored Guests, email us at Nonprofit organizations are welcome and encouraged to bring other tokens of appreciation and thanks for their Honored Guests to present at their tables. This is a chance to express your thanks in a unique setting, no matter your budget. Even the always-appreciated handwritten notes are more meaningful on this special day.

Volunteers… Make It Happen

Are you interested in helping out on the day of the event? We are looking for volunteers to help with the set up, registration, be a greeter and tear down. Volunteers are compensated with a free lunch!
Update: We have all the volunteers we need. Thank you for your interest!  

For questions or more information, contact:
Bethany Doverspike, NPD Chair, at
Elise Hyder, NPD Co-Chair, at
Admin Team at