Philanthropy Day 2015

2015 AFP-WNC National Philanthropy Day

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Registration begins at 11:30 AM and Luncheon: Noon – 1:30 PM



Celebrate philanthropy in Western North Carolina by nominating an individual in your organization or community to be awarded at our National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Tuesday, November 17th.

You know that amazing donor or volunteer that you could not live without? Here’s your chance to tell them how much they mean to you and your organization by nominating them for an NPD Award. It only takes about an hour, and is time very well spent.

You can recognize outstanding philanthropic work in the following categories: Business, Foundation, Volunteer Fundraiser, Youth, Philanthropist, Fundraising Executive, and the T. Kennon Roberson Award. Please click the links below to access the nomination forms for each of these categories.

This is the perfect opportunity to spend time with your favorite donor or volunteer, and to ask them for their help in completing the nomination form. You tell them how much they mean to you, and they tell you a little more about themselves while you work collaboratively to write the nomination.

The deadline to submit nominations is Tuesday, August 4, at 5:00 p.m. Be sure that, if selected, your nominee could attend the NPD Luncheon on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015. Please email Marcia Whitney, NPD Awards Committee Chair, at with any questions or the name/category in which you plan to submit a nomination.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to honor and recognize the caring and compassionate individuals in our community that are working to make a difference in the lives of many!

Please select from the following links to access the nomination forms:

Fundraising Summit Award

Past recipients include: 2014- Dr. Olson Huff, 2011-The Janirve Foundation, 2008- Pat Smith, 2006- Norman Fink and Marshall Monroe,   2003- John Gile (Lifetime Achievement Award), 2002- Mimi Cecil

Outstanding Fundraising Executive

Past recipients include: 2014-Donna Ensley, 2013-J.Donald Harris, 2011-Linda Wilkerson, 2010-Alex Comfort, 2009-John Pfaff,2008-Anita R. Metcalf, 2007-Ann Fritschner, ACFRE, 2006- Michelle Garashi-Ellick, 2005-Carla Sutherland, 2004-Myra Grant, 2003 Fern Wallin McCrimmon, 2002-Raymond Cruitt, 2001-Bruce D. Thorsen, 2000-Patricia S. Smith, 1999-Mark A. Bailey, 1998-Albert S. Gooch, Jr., 1997-George J. Pfeiffer.

Outstanding Business in Philanthropy

Past recipients include: 2014-Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, 2013-Charlotte Street Computers, 2012-State Employees’ Credit Union, 2011-Asheville Savings Bank, 2010-Parsec Financial Management, 2009-Johnson, Price & Sprinkle, PA, CPA, 2008-Carolina First, 2007-Mast General Store,  2006- Asheville Cardiology and Associates, 2005-Office Environments, 2004-Eaton Electrical, 2003-HomeTrust Bank, 2002-Ingles Markets, Inc., 2001-Steelcase, Inc., 2000-Wachovia Bank of WNC, 1999-First Citizens Bank, 1998-Nantahala Outdoor Center.

Outstanding Foundation

Past recipients include: 2014-The Glass Foundation, 2013-Western Carolina Medical Society, 2012-The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, 2011-CarePartners Foundation, 2010-Eblen Charities,2009-Mission Healthcare Foundation, Inc., 2008-Community Foundation of Henderson County, 2007-Melvin R. Lane Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, 2006- Sisters of Mercy of NC Foundation, 2005-Vineyard Family Foundation of Hendersonville, 2004-New Leaf Fund, 2003-The Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, 2002-The Janirve Foundation.

Outstanding Philanthropist

Past recipients include: 2014-Bill and Bonnie Kinschner, 2013-Mack B. Pearsall, 2012-Charles and Jody Silver, 2011-Teddi Segal, 2010-S.M. “Buddy” Patton (in memoriam), Marilyn Patton and Barbara Blomberg, 2009-Don and Lisbeth Cooper, 2008-Charles D. and Cary Owen (Charlie and Cary), 2007-Dr. Kathleen McGrady, 2006-Margaret and Duane McKibben, 2005–Tina McGuire, 2004-Mark and Teri Muir, 2003-Paul F. Toebke, 2002-Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ferguson, 2001-Dr. Keith Black, 2000-Morris and Leah Karpen, 1999-Joel B. Adams, 1998-Dr. and Mrs. George M. Bilbrey and James A. Cooper, 1997-Martha Guy, 1996-J. Wesley Jones, MD and the Junior League of Asheville, 1995-Adelaide Daniels Key, 1994-Pamela Mills Turner, 1993-John Teeter, 1992-Raybern H. Dean.

Oustanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Past recipients include: 2014-Greg Burnette, 2013-Cissie Stevens, 2012-Harry Brown, 2011-John Hartom and Lisa Blackburn, 2010-Richard Hurley, 2009-Richard “Dick” Allen, 2008-Jennie Eblen, 2007-Janice and Joe Brumit, 2006- Dorothy Dellenger Marlow, 2005-Colin E. Thomas, MD, 2004-Doris Eklund, 2003-Brenda Nash, 2002-Ruth and Luther Barnhardt, 2001-Alice and Arthur Green, 2000-James W. Stickney, IV, 1999-Phyllis Foxx, 1998-Hugh and Margaret (Danny) Verner, 1997-Marcia Burton Caserio, 1996-June Lenoci and Sue McClinton, 1995-W. Louis Bissette, Jr., 1994-C. Robert Bell, Jr., 1993-Ernest Ferguson, 1992-Glenn Wilcox.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

Past recipients include: 2014-Samantha Davis, 2013-Pageant Nevel, 2012-Katy Conner, 2010-Carter Tindall, 2006-Anna Martin

Kennon Roberson Award for Management Excellence in Non-profit Health & Human Services Agencies

Past recipients include: 2014-Mark Upright, 2013-Paul Vest, 2012-Allison Jordan with Children First/Communities in Schools, 2010-Ellen Clarke with WCCJ, 2009- Robin Myer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, 2008-Scott Dedman with Mountain Housing Opportunities, 2007- Holly Jones with YWCA of Asheville, 2006- Jim Barrett with Pisgah Legal Services, 2005- Celeste Collins with Consumer Credit Counseling Service of WNC/OnTrack WNC, 2004- Lewis Kraus with Habitat for Humanity, 2003-Toby Ives with MANNA Foodbank, 2002-T. Kennon Roberson with Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

A note regarding the T. Kennon Roberson Award for Management Excellence in Non-profit Health and Human Services: In January 2001, after a 36-year career with the American Red Cross, T. Kennon Roberson retired from his position as Chapter Manager of the Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter. He exemplified so many qualities of outstanding leadership in his field, the Red Cross Board of Directors established an annual Award for Management Excellence in Non-profit Health & Human Services in his honor. A committee of citizens was charged with the administration of this award, which annually recognizes the valuable contributions of professional managers in non-profit health and human services agencies in Western North Carolina. Beginning in 2012, this award is presented at the Association of Fundraising Professional’s National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon in November.

 Thank you in advance for your nomination and hope to see you at Philanthropy Day!