NPD Award Categories and Criteria

Click here for a downloadable version. 2024 nominations are due August 7th, 2024. If you have not done so already, please review the nominee history and ensure your nominee has not previously received a NPD Award.

 

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Emerging Fundraising Leader

This award honors a local emerging professional fundraiser, with seven or less years of experience in the profession, who has demonstrated outstanding fundraising success in their career.

Nominations will be considered based on the responses to the following: 

  1. Describe career achievements, length and tenure of fundraising background, experience, and results.
  2. Describe the nominee’s commitment to the fundraising profession and/or AFP, its mission of advancing ethical fundraising and the fundraising profession. Include the individual’s commitment to continuing professional development, certification (CFRE/ACFRE), conference participation, publication, and professional education. 

Evidence of commitment to fundraising and philanthropy through voluntary service and/ or financial support of nonprofit organizations.

 

Outstanding Philanthropist

A philanthropist is anyone who gives of their time, talent or treasure to make positive change happen for humanity regardless of their wealth or status. – National Philanthropic Trust

This award honors an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support or community service, demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles.

Nominations will be considered based on the responses to the following:

  1. Describe participation in and support of nonprofit organizations.
  2. Describe the impact of the nominee’s contributions to the organization’s mission/programs/services.
  3. Describe evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles in philanthropy (i.e., challenge gifts, matching gifts, volunteering, etc.).

 

Burton S. August, Sr. Award for Community Leadership 

This award was created by the August Family to recognize an individual whose lifetime commitment to community volunteerism and philanthropy has been characterized by many years of remarkable gifts of their time, talent, and treasure. The recipient will exemplify Burt August’s commitment to helping others and making Rochester better. This award comes with a $2,500.00 honorarium from the August Family which the recipient will designate to the charity of their choice.

Nominations will be considered based on the responses to the following:

  1. Describe leadership roles and responsibilities. (1500-character limit)
  2. Describe time, effort, personal financial commitment, and fundraising goals achieved by their effort. (1500-character limit)
  3. Describe the nominee’s ability to lead, motivate, manage, and inspire others. (1500-character limit)
  4. Describe participation in other local, national and/or international nonprofit organizations. (1500-character limit)

 

Robert A. Clinger Outstanding Fundraising Professional

This award honors an exemplary seasoned fundraising professional who has demonstrated outstanding fundraising success in their career. The nominee must meet the following criteria to be considered for the award:

  • The nominee must have a MINIMUM of 15 years of experience as a development professional supporting nonprofits or charitable organizations (based on the date nominations are due).
  • Strong preference will be given to nominees who are current AFP members and/or have earned the Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) credential or other professional certifications. If needed, contact the AFP Genesee Valley office to confirm the nominee's status.
Nominations will be considered based on the responses to the following:
  1. Describe career achievements, length and tenure of fundraising background, experience, and results.
  2. Describe the nominee’s commitment to the fundraising profession and/or AFP, its mission of advancing ethical fundraising and the fundraising profession. Include the individual’s commitment to continuing professional development, certification (CFRE/ACFRE), conference participation, publication, and professional education.
  3. Evidence of commitment to fundraising and philanthropy through voluntary service and/ or financial support of nonprofit organizations.

 

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser 

This award honors an individual, group or family who demonstrates exceptional leadership skills in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for fundraising projects for the benefit of charitable causes. 

Nominations will be considered based on the responses to the following:

  1. Evidence of quality of leadership and organizational ability in fundraising projects.
  2. Description of time, effort and personal commitment.
  3. Description of fundraising goals achieved by his/her effort.
  4. Evidence of success in recruiting and motivating others.
  5. Description of participation in other local, national and/or international nonprofit organizations (not the organization/cause described above).

 

Outstanding Young Person in Philanthropy

This award recognizes service by an individual, age 10-30, who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, or leadership in philanthropy.

Nominations will be considered based on the responses to the following:

  1. Describe what the nominee did, including goals, process, budget (if relevant) and other people involved in the process (adult leaders or adviser, etc.), and the time, talent and/or treasure given for the common good and the results that were achieved.
  2. Describe the impact the nominee had on the community, including numbers of people involved, financial impact, organizations helped, etc. Please include the names and contact information of individuals at the organizations who benefited from the nominee’s work.
  3. What is the long term (2-5 years) impact of the nominee’s work? Will the project(s) be ongoing and has the nominee considered next steps or is working on other projects?
  4. Can this project serve as a prototype for others or is it easily replicable?

 

 

Outstanding Young People in Philanthropy - Group

This award recognizes service by a group of people, ages 10-30, who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, or leadership in philanthropy.

Nominations will be considered based on the responses to the following:

  1. Describe what the nominee did, including goals, process, budget (if relevant) and other people involved in the process (adult leaders or adviser, etc.), and the time, talent and/or treasure given for the common good and the results that were achieved.
  2. Describe the impact the nominee had on the community, including numbers of people involved, financial impact, organizations helped, etc. Please include the names and contact information of individuals at the organizations who benefited from the nominee’s work.
  3. What is the long term (2-5 years) impact of the nominee’s work? Will the project(s) be ongoing and has the nominee considered next steps or is working on other projects? 
  4. Can this project(s) serve as a prototype for others or is it easily replicable in other communities?

 

Outstanding Corporation

This award honors a corporation with more than $5M in annual revenue or its corporate foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.  

Nominations will be considered based on the responses to the following: 

  1. Describe the impact of support and achievements accomplished through the corporation’s efforts.
  2. Evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.

 

Outstanding Small Business

This award honors a small business, group or organization that demonstrates outstanding commitment to and/ or financial support, encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.  

Nominations will be considered based on the responses to the following: 

  1. Describe the impact of support and achievements accomplished through the nominee’s efforts.
  2. Evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement. 

 

Outstanding Foundation

This award honors a private or family foundation that has a demonstrated record of generosity through direct financial support and motivation of individuals and/or organizations to play leading roles in supporting the needs and priorities of our community and beyond.

Nominations will be considered based on responses to the following:

  1. Evidence of philanthropic support of innovative approaches to solving problems at the local, national and/or international level.
  2. Describe the impact of gift support and record of accomplishments through the nominee’s efforts.
  3. Evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.

 

Multi-Generational Award

 

Periodically, AFPGV will present a Multi-Generational Award. This award will be presented to a family who, over decades and multiple generations, has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility. 

 

Nominations will be considered based on responses to the following:

 

  1. Evidence of the breadth of support for organizations throughout the community.(1500-character limit)
  2. Describe each generation’s philanthropy.(1500-character limit)

 

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