Philanthropy is defined as 

“the love of humankind”

The Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is an association of professionals throughout the world, advancing philanthropy by enabling people to practice ethical and effective fundraising.  The AFP California Capital Chapter, San Joaquin Extension is proud to participate in National Philanthropy Day Awards to recognize those engaged in philanthropy. It is a celebration of—giving, volunteering and charitable engagement—that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy—and all those involved in the philanthropic process—makes to our society and our world. 

National Philanthropy Day® is a special day set aside on the fifteenth of November. The purpose of this day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world.

NPD was originally conceived of and organized by Douglas Freeman in the 1980s, and the first official events held in 1986 after President Reagan signed the official NPD proclamation. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. 

Announcing the Twelfth Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards in San Joaquin County.

It’s time to nominate your favorite Philanthropist in San Joaquin County. The awardees will receive this prestigious recognition, in the company of their peers and regional media, during the Community Philanthropy Summit hosted by Community Foundation of San Joaquin and Lodi Community Foundation on Thursday, April 25, 2024, Hutchins Street Square, Lodi.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) California Capital Chapter San Joaquin Extension will award San Joaquin Valley’s individuals and organizations whose philanthropic achievements have made an impact on our society and represents philanthropy at its best in the categories of:

Outstanding Philanthropist

Outstanding Professional Fundraiser

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Read the criteria carefully and instructions for nomination.  The PDF Form can be completed online and emailed to

Please help us identify those whom you believe exemplify the spirit of the award.  Use the nomination form attached which includes the award categories, criteria and a question and answer page to assist you in nominating one or more outstanding honoree(s).

Nominations accepted up to March 15, 2024 by 5:00 p.m. 

The selection committee includes AFP Board members, community members, and non-profit leadership from throughout the county.

This is an exceptional opportunity to recognize the benevolent in our community who cultivate and sustain philanthropy in San Joaquin County.

To view the list of 2023 Award Recipients, visit our Previous Summit Previous Summits page.

2024 Nomination Form