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2017 Nomination Guidelines
  

Philanthropy Day Awards Program

The annual Philanthropy Day Awards program, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Austin Chapter (AFP), recognizes and pays tribute to outstanding achievements by individuals, corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations whose philanthropy creates significant impact on the quality of life in Central Texas. Awards are presented at the annual Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, February 15, 2017, at the JW Marriott located at 110 East 2nd Street, Austin, Texas. Proceeds from the event directly support AFP’s mission of advancing philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice effective and ethical fundraising. 

Nomination Period


Nominations will be accepted July 19, 2016 through August 31, 2016.  Nominations must be submitted online and letters of support via email, no later than August 31, 2016. Nominations will NOT be accepted after the deadline. 

Nomination Guidelines & Instructions


Nominations are only accepted via the AFP website and must be received by August 31, 2016.  Nominators do NOT have to be a current AFP member (except for the Special Recognition category). It is suggested you review the nomination questions and type your responses in a separate document, then copy and paste them into the fields on the online nomination form.  Nominations cannot exceed the designated word count.

Collaboration Matters. The strongest nominations reflect support from multiple organizations. Up to two individuals/organizations may submit a nomination. Up to two letters of support may be included with each nomination and must be provided by someone outside of the nominating organization(s). 

Letters of support should be submitted via email in PDF form to info@afpaustin.org by August 31, 2016, with the subject line, “Letter of Support - Nominee Name” (e.g. Letter of Support - ABC Charitable Foundation, or Letter of Support - Jane and John Doe). While not required, letters of support are highly recommended. If more than two letters of support are received for one candidate, the first two letters will be included in the order they were received and additional letters will be excluded from the review process.

Announcement of Winners  

Nominators and honorees will be notified in October, and a public Reveal Reception will take place on October 27, 2016 at the JW Marriott.  

Selection Process & Eligibility 


Members of the Philanthropy Day Awards Selection Panel review and score all nominations according to the criteria provided (see below). The Selection Panel may request additional nominee information to facilitate the selection process. 

Click HERE for additional Nomination & Selection Policy details.

Please inform nominee of your nomination and the date of the event prior to submitting. In order to be eligible, honorees must be available to accept the award in person on February 15, 2017. AFP’s Immediate Past President, President, President Elect, Philanthropy Day Chair(s) and Award Chair(s) are ineligible to receive an award. Previous honorees are ineligible for seven years after receipt of their award.

Click HERE for a list of previous honorees.  
 


Scoring Criteria 


Nominations are evaluated using scoring criteria specific to each award category as listed below. For nominations to be considered complete, each scoring criteria must be addressed separately. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. The most compelling nominations address in measureable ways how the nominee has directly impacted specific organizations and causes.  
 

Award Categories 


Outstanding Philanthropist Award

Click HERE to nominate for this award.

This award is presented to an individual, couple or family with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles in the Greater Austin community, or at a national and/or international level.

  1. Describe the nominee’s participation in and financial support of nonprofit organizations in our community. (0-45 pts)

  2. Provide evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles in philanthropy (i.e. challenge gifts, matching gifts, etc.) (0-35 pts)

  3. Describe the nominee’s support of innovative approaches to solving problems. (0-20 pts)

Outstanding Philanthropic Large Corporation Award (600 or more local employees)

Click HERE to nominate for this award.

This award is presented to a corporation or its corporate foundation that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement in the Greater Austin area.

  1. Provide evidence of philanthropic support of successful approaches to solving problems in the Greater Austin community. (0-45 pts)

  2. Describe the impact of gift support and achievements accomplished through the corporation’s efforts. (0-35 pts)

  3. Provide evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement in the Greater Austin area. (0-20 pts)

Outstanding Philanthropic Small or Medium Corporation Award (<600 local employees)

Click HERE to nominate for this award.

This award is presented to a small or medium-sized business that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.

  1. Provide evidence of philanthropic support of successful approaches to solving problems in the Greater Austin community. (0-45 pts)

  2. Describe the total impact of gift support and achievements accomplished through the business’s efforts. (0-35 pts)

  3. Provide evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement in the Greater Austin area. (0-20 pts)

Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation/Organization Award


Click HERE to nominate for this award.

This award is presented to a private foundation, not-for-profit organization, civic or professional association that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support, community involvement, and encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy.

  1. Provide evidence of philanthropic support of successful approaches to solving problems in the Greater Austin community. (0-45 pts)

  2. Describe the impact of gift support and achievements accomplished through the foundation’s efforts. (0-35 pts)

  3. Provide evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement in the Greater Austin area. (0-20 pts)

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award


Click HERE to nominate for this award.

The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in coordinating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects of more than one non-profit organization or for volunteerism in their own right which serves to assist more than one non-profit in their fundraising efforts. The recipient should demonstrate exceptional skills coordinating and motivating volunteers for the benefit of charitable institutions and a personal commitment to the advancement of philanthropy. If you wish to nominate a volunteer fundraising team, you must submit separate nominations for each individual team member. Team nominations will NOT be accepted.

  1. Provide evidence of quality leadership and ability in multiple fundraising campaigns, including details of time, effort, and personal financial commitment. (0-45 pts)

  2. Describe fundraising goals achieved by multiple organizations as a result of his/her effort. (0-35 pts)

  3. Provide evidence of success in recruiting and motivating others’ philanthropy. (0-20 pts)

Kelly Davidson Memorial Outstanding Philanthropic Youth

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This award is presented to an individual* youth (age 18 and under) or college student with a proven record of exceptional generosity who has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose actions are an example to others to join in philanthropic projects. The recipient of this award will receive a $2,500 scholarship for college expenses.

  1. Describe time, talent and/or effort given and results achieved.  If relevant, discuss funding and other people involved (adult leaders or advisors). (0-45 pts)

  2. Describe the short-term and long-term impact of the nominee’s work.  (0-35 pts)

  3. Provide evidence the nominee takes a leadership role and encourages others to become involved in the Greater Austin community. (0-20 pts)

*The Awards Selection Panel reserves the right to select one (1) college-aged winner and one (1) lower/middle/upper school winner, should the breadth of nominations deem such a result most appropriate. Should this happen, the scholarship will be divided into a $1,250 scholarship for each honoree.   

Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award


Click HERE to nominate for this award.

This award is presented to an outstanding individual fundraising professional who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner, has been in the field a minimum of 5 years and is a current AFP member.

  1. Describe the nominee’s career achievements, length and tenure of fundraising background, experience and evidence of results and impact. The recipient must have at least 5 years of fundraising experience.  (0-25 pts)

  2. Provide evidence of quality leadership that is effective, creative and stimulating, and demonstrative of ability to be a team player. (0-20 pts)

  3. Describe the nominee’s commitment to AFP, its mission of advancing ethical fundraising and the fundraising profession, including demonstration that he/she practices and promotes the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards for fundraising professionals. (0-20 pts) 

  4. Describe the nominee’s commitment to continuing professional development, including certification (CFRE/ACFRE), conference participation, publication, and professional education. (0-15 pts)

  5. Describe the individual’s commitment to fundraising and philanthropy through voluntary service and financial support of nonprofit organizations. (0-20 pts)

Special Recognition Award

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This award is presented to an individual, an innovative project or an organization that symbolizes the philanthropic spirit in the Greater Austin community through his/her/its work, volunteerism, in kind, and/or financial contributions.  The award recognizes the values and mission of AFP but goes above and beyond recognition in any one particular category listed above.

Nominations for this category will only be accepted from current AFP members.

  1. Nominees could include an individual, innovative project (and its representatives), or an organization (and its representatives) that do not seamlessly fit into any of the above categories, but may be deserving of recognition.

  2. Nomination should be in narrative form describing the individual, project or organization with adequate detail to illustrate the uniqueness of the nominee.

The Awards Selection Panel will evaluate each nomination on the merits of the individual, project or organization as the awards sub-committee deems appropriate.