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2016 National Philanthropy Day Ozarks Region
Tuesday, November 15
11:30 a.m.
Highland Springs Country Club

Congratulations to our 2016 honorees: 

Outstanding Philanthropic Media Organization - Kevin and Liz—KGBX—Ozarks Food Harvest Hungerthon

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers - Judy Gibson and Judy Wyrick (Great Circle Handbags of Hope Event)

Outstanding Philanthropic Business - Kum & Go

Outstanding Fundraising Event - Child Advocacy Center- Over the Edge

Outstanding Philanthropists - Bryan Magers

Outstanding Youth Philanthropists - Halfway High School

Outstanding Fundraising Professional - Patty Ingle

Outstanding Fundraising Foundation—Stenger Family Foundation


Luncheon Awards Ceremony

National Philanthropy Day is a special day to recognize the outstanding contributions of philanthropy in our community. The Ozarks Regional Chapter is pleased to present the following awards:

Outstanding Philanthropic Media Organization of the Year - This award honors a television, radio, or print organization which has demonstrated outstanding support of the charitable community through gifts of in-kind services (air time, print space, production, etc.) and/or cash to non-profit organizations in the community.  The Outstanding Media Award recognizes the valuable services provided by the selected media organization in publicizing the needs of local charities.

Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation of the Year - The Foundation chosen for this award has a history of supporting the community through grants and contributions to a variety of non-profit projects.  This Foundaiton demonstrates through charitable contributions and leadership giving, which helps to inspire others to become financially supportive of charitable causes and philanthropy.

Outstanding Philanthropic Business / Corporation of the Year - This corporatation or its corporate foundation has a histroy of financial support to a variety of the community's non-profit causes and events.  Involvement by the company's personnel in leadership roles and as volunteers in the non-profit sector is also considered when selection of the Outstanding Corporation Award is made.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year - These volunteers demonstrate exceptional skill in coordinating major fundraising projects involving groups of volunteers.  They possess proven abilities in motivating groups of supporters, both volunteers and contributors, for fundraising projects, events, and capital campaigns for charitable organizations.

Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year - Exceptional generosity will characterize this special individual or family.  The Outstanding Philanthropist has demonstrated civic and charitable responsiblity and serves as an inspiration to others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.

Outstanding Philanthropic Fundraising Professional of the Year - This award is presented to a fundraising professional demonstrating commitment to the profession, knowledge of the industry, and leadership capabilities.  The individual will also exemplify the ethics and standards set forth by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Nominees should have a track record of service, and advancing philanthropy in their workplace and the greater community.

Outstanding Youth Philanthropist of the Year - This award recognizes service by an individual or group of young people ages 5 - 23 who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, and leadership in philanthropy.  Established in 2004.


Outstanding Fundraising Campaign/Event - This award is presented to an organization for an outstanding campaign or event.  Through innovative fundraising efforts that engage donors, volunteers, board, and staff to raise funds and awareness to further the mission of the organization.

View the past recipients of AFP Ozarks National Philanthropy Day.


Nominations for these awards are currently being accepted.

Click here for the paper nomination form to complete and scan to

Or complete the Interactive Nomination Form 

We are also seeking award sponsors and event sponsors. Your business, nonprofit or family can be an award sponsor for as little as $250. Pricing is:

Event Attendee:  $40 pre-registration ($50 at the door)
Table of 10:  $360
Award Sponsor - $500

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals Ozarks Regional Chapter sponsors an annual awards program to recognize the outstanding achievements of individual, foundation and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers, and professional fundraising executives. AFP Ozarks is pleased to honor individuals who demonstrate high ethical standards and exemplify the philanthropic spirit of our region.

Selection Process
Completeness of information is essential for consideration. Honorees will be selected by the Awards Committee comprised of representatives from nonprofit organizations of all sizes from the Springfield and surrounding area. Because of the number of applications submitted, it is not possible to accept late nominations. Nominators must be a current AFP Ozarks chapter member. If they are not a member, the nomination must be endorsed by a current AFP Ozarks chapter member. 

Presentation of Awards
The honorees selected will receive their awards at the 2016 National Philanthropy Day Awards 
Luncheon on November 14, 2016. Honorees will be notified of their selection by Friday, October 30, 2016. Honorees must be present to receive awards.  

Visit the Official AFP National Philanthropy Day Website