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Call for Nominations

For information about 2017 award nominations, contact Kimberly Borts.

As general information, below is the nomination process from 2016. Please check back for updated nomination materials and deadlines as they become available.

2016 NPD Call for Nominations

The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) annual awards program recognizes the significant role philanthropy plays in enriching our local and global communities. Each year, in conjunction with the celebration of National Philanthropy Day, the S.C. Lowcountry Chapter of AFP recognizes outstanding achievements by local individuals, foundation and corporate philanthropists. These individuals and organizations form a vital partnership with nonprofit organizations to ensure that the needs of its citizens are being met. These awards recognize individuals and organizations whose life-long or long-term achievements have had a significant impact in the Lowcountry.

Nominations for the S.C. Lowcountry Chapter’s NPD awards must be made by a chapter member. Winners are selected by the S.C. Lowcountry Chapter’s Awards Committee. Individuals and organizations selected will receive their honors at AFP’s National Philanthropy Day celebration on Nov. 17, 2016, at the Charleston Lockwood Marriott. 

Nominations for the following awards are due Aug. 15, 2016.
However, nominations for Charleston Magazine's
Future Philanthropist Award are due Aug. 1, 2016.


This award is presented to an individual, couple or family with a record of generosity who, through exemplary leadership in the philanthropic community, has demonstrated civic and charitable responsibility and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles. In making its decision, the Awards Committee considers: 

  • Evidence of direct gift support
  • Evidence of encouraging and motivating others to take leadership roles in philanthropy.

This award is presented to a business or corporation that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and encouragement which motivates others to take leadership roles toward philanthropic and community involvement. In making its decision, the Awards Committee considers: 

  • Evidence of direct financial support of community projects and nonprofit organizations
  • Evidence of encouraging and motivating other business leaders and/or employees to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

This award honors a community organization or foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and encouragement, as well as motivating others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement. In making its decision, the Awards Committee considers: 

  • Evidence of philanthropic support of innovative approaches to solving problems in the community
  • Description of impact of gift support and achievements accomplished through the efforts of the community organization or foundation
  • Evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

This award recognizes service by an individual or a group of youth age 10–22 who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy. Nominees will be judged based on work done while they were 10–22 years old. Nominations are due earlier than other awards, Aug. 1, and will be considered based on the responses to the following criteria:

  • Description in detail of what the nominee did, including goals, process, budget (if relevant) and other people involved in the process (adult leaders or adviser, etc.) and of the time, talent and/or treasure the youth gave for the common good and the results that were achieved.
  • Description of the impact the nominee had on the community, including numbers of people involved, financial impact, organization(s) helped, etc. Please include the names and contact information of individuals at the organization(s) who benefitted from the nominee’s work.
  • Long term (3-5 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?
  • Evidence that the project(s) can serve as a prototype for others or is easily replicable in other communities.
  • Award recipient will be featured in Charleston Magazine.

This award is presented to a development/fundraising professional who has at least 10 years of experience in the profession and who has exhibited excellence in the fundraising field, given back to the fundraising community through educational presentations, been a leader in the AFP Chapter and made an overall difference in the fundraising profession. 

  • Description of the nominee’s career achievements, length of tenure of fundraising background, experience, and results. 
  • Evidence of leadership that is effective, creative, and stimulating. 
  • Evidence that the nominee practices and promotes AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards. 
  • Verification of AFP Membership – current membership is preferred, but past AFP membership will be considered. 
  • Description of the nominees’ commitment to continuing professional development. 
  • Evidence of commitment to fundraising and philanthropy through personal volunteer service and financial support of charitable organizations. 
  • Evidence of “giving back” to the fundraising community through workshops, training, lectures, etc. 



It is within the Awards Committee’s discretion to award any of the above. Please use the below form for your nominee.  The Awards Committee places a heavy emphasis on letters of support from a diverse range of nonprofit representatives. We encourage multiple organizations/members to work collaboratively on nominations. Prior nominations may be resubmitted; often a copy of the original nomination is on file with the Awards Chairman.  Additionally, a supplemental video submission is also encouraged.

Please be thorough, but succinct. Nominations must be made by a current AFP member (except those for the Future Philanthropist Award), though letters of support are encouraged by chapter members and non-members alike. Nominations should be received by Aug. 15 (except those for Charleston Magazine’s Future Philanthropist Award – due Aug. 1), either electronically or by hard copy and directed to:

Kimberly Farfone Borts, Awards Committee Chairman
Director, Charitable Giving and Communications

Bishop Gadsden
1 Bishop Gadsden Way   Charleston   SC   29412


Download the Nomination Form