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 Program 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 Friends of Philanthropy 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:

2021 Award Winners

2021 NPD Event Recording

2021 Photo Gallery

Event Details

  • Date:
    November 18, 2021
  • Registration & Networking:
    11 to 11:30AM
    Program Time: 11:30AM to 1PM
  • In-Person Location:
    Rhinegeist Brewery
    1910 Elm St
    Cincinnati, OH
  • Virtual Location:
    Link will be provided later


What’s it like to be a sponsor?

“The Fifth Third Foundation is proud to announce our 11th year as presenting sponsor for the National Philanthropy Day hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Even though we’re not together in person this year, our virtual event continues to celebrate those we honor today, share the spirit of philanthropy, and inspire us to strive for a better community for all. During this past year, and particularly the last six months, the philanthropic community has risen to the multitude of challenges presented by the pandemic. We are so honored to join AFP in celebrating the shared impact of all organizations who are working so diligently every day to make communities in Cincinnati better places for all to live, work, and thrive.”

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

Honorary Chair

Moira Weir

President & CEO of United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Moira Weir is the first female leader in the history of United Way of Greater Cincinnati. After she was named President/CEO in March 2020, she guided the organization through a busy year of responding to COVID-19 concerns and raising $50 million in a successful annual fundraising campaign. Nine months into her job, national philanthropist MacKenzie Scott chose to invest in Weir’s leadership, presenting United Way of Greater Cincinnati with a $25 million grant. She also received the 2020 Vistage Member Excellence Award for Leadership, recognition from her Vistage Cincinnati peers for stand-out leadership and exceptional impact on her peer group, her business and her community.

Honorary Chair

Jorge Perez

President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

Jorge Perez is a nationally recognized nonprofit leader, CEO, manager, and director of large complex organizations.  He’s an accomplished strategic thinker, program innovator, fundraiser, and evaluator.   Proficient community collaborator, culturally competent, and mission champion.

Currently, Jorge serves as the President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and has served Ys in Dallas, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Southwest Illinois, and YMCA of the USA.   National leadership includes serving on YUSA Board, Training & Leadership Development Board, Hispanic Latino Leadership Network, Emerging Leaders Leadership Network, General Assembly planning team and, Multicultural Leadership Development Institute. His statewide efforts include the Illinois State Alliance (Vice Chair) and Afterschool Alliance (ambassador for Indiana and Ohio).

Jorge (a native Texan) and his wife Amy have two daughters: Olivia and Isabel. Jorge earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education (Calvary Bible College), and two Masters Degrees: Christian Education (Dallas Theological Seminary) and Business Administration (University of Dallas).   Jorge is a graduate of multiple city-wide leadership programs in Dallas,

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. Review a full list of our past award winners here.

Submit your nominations for Philanthropist of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Outstanding Foundation or Corporation in Philanthropy, and Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising!


Friends of Philanthropy… 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 Friends of Philanthropy: During the NPD registration process, nonprofit organizations may submit the names of their Friends of Philanthropy – donors, volunteers and special friends. AFP requests that nonprofits submit only Friends of Philanthropy names of people that will be attending the virtual broadcast. When guest names are entered, Friends of Philanthropy designations can be chosen. AFP will list Friends of Philanthropy names on the NPD event web page. Friends of Philanthropy names must be submitted to AFP by October 28, 2021 for inclusion in the program.

If you need assistance in entering guest names or designating which ones are Friends of Philanthropy, email us at

For questions or more information, contact:
Lauren Frooman, NPD Chair, at
Spencer Mapes, NPD Co-Chair, at
Admin Team at