Nomination Details

In honor of those who make Greater Cincinnati a stronger and thriving community through their philanthropy, we invite you to nominate your special donors and volunteers. 

Presentation of Awards

Awards will be presented during the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on
Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Music Hall in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine.

Nomination Form

  • Submit one Nomination Form (below) for each nominee.

Supporting Materials

  • Submit a one-page letter in support of the nominee explaining why you are nominating this person/group/organization/business.
  • Up to five, one-page letters from different nominating organizations or individuals may be submitted in support of each nominee. Only those organizations or individuals that submit letters will be recognized as nominators. If there is more than one nominating organization or individual, please designate one person as the primary contact. Multiple submissions from the same or different nominators are encouraged to provide more information and/or different perspectives about the nominee.
  • Do not submit audio/visual materials such as tapes, DVDs, and CDs.

General Criteria Guidelines

  • Be as specific as possible in describing the nominee’s qualities, involvement in, support of, and contributions to a particular organization(s). Nominations may include the nominee’s additional community involvement.
  • The AFP reserves the right not to make an award in any category.

Nomination deadline is Friday, May 1, 2020. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 15!

If you have questions please contact:

Elise Hyder, NPD Chair
Lauren Frooman, NPD Co-Chair
The Admin Team at


New this year, we are excited to bring a new award to the table this year. The Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising Award will recognize a local fundraiser for their efforts in philanthropy, hard work and dedication to the profession. It will be presented during the NPD VIP reception at Music Hall on Wednesday, November 4.

Philanthropist of the Year: Presented to an individual or group with a record of exceptional generosity who: through direct financial support has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility to a specific organization(s) or cause(s); has taken a leadership role in a specific organization(s) or cause(s); motivates others to participate in philanthropy. The depth and/or breadth of support to other organizations will be considered.

Volunteer of the Year: Presented to an individual or group with a record of exceptional generosity who: through a devotion of time has demonstrated outstanding support to a specific organization(s) or cause(s); encourages others to support an organization(s) or cause(s); is a role model for other community volunteers. The total hours contributed and the breadth of organizations supported with time will be considered.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Presented to an individual or group (new this year – expanded to age 24) that has demonstrated philanthropic leadership by: learning and participating in philanthropy by planning and implementing a fundraising or volunteer program to benefit a specific organization(s) or cause(s); serving as role models for other youth and/or encouraging other youth to participate in philanthropy; demonstrating leadership in a specific organization(s) or cause(s). The level of commitment to service through philanthropy will be considered.

Nominees may include individuals or groups involved with your organization or cause who:

  • Have organized a service project at their school to support your organization or cause
  • Lead a young professionals or college campus philanthropic group
  • Host fundraisers on behalf of your organization or cause
  • Encourage involvement in your organization or cause through social media advocacy
  • Have chosen your organization or cause for a school philanthropic project

Outstanding Corporation or Foundation: Presented to a corporation or foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support, innovation and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement. The total financial contributions and the breadth of demonstrated impact to supported organizations will be considered.

Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising: NEW AWARD! Presented to an outstanding fundraising executive who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to the fundraising profession and philanthropic community. Recipients must have at least 20 years of fundraising experience. Presented at the VIP Reception the evening prior to the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon.