National Philanthropy Day


Phi·lan·thro·py: goodwill to fellow members of the human race.

The desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

Philanthropy must be more than just a charitable donation. It is an effort an individual or organization undertakes based on an altruistic desire to improve human welfare.


November 9, 2021


Five Ways to Participate in National Philanthropy Day


National Philanthropy Day is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the impact of philanthropy in the world around us.  It's a day to honor those people active in the philanthropic community who have made our lives, our communities, and our world a better place. National Philanthropy Day, or NPD, celebrates the charitable work that EVERYONE does to make a difference and create impact in their communities. Spread the NPDLove!

Celebrate an individual, organization, or volunteer whose generosity and dedication to mission moves you by nominating them for an NPD Award.

How do you and your organization set mission into motion? Submit a nomination for the 2021 Impact Awards and help us recognize the innovative and inspirational work that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ and sets mission in motion.

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Mark your calendar and plan to join us in celebrating the people and organizations that take action to serve our neighbors and improve our community on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

NPD "change the world with a giving heart" logo

Even if you are unable to attend our National Philanthropy Day event, this opportunity to nominate partners is one of the major benefits of being an AFPSEWI member.

Enjoy the video in celebration of our 2020 Partners in Philanthropy. 

Sponsorship opportunities of all levels are available for National Philanthropy Day 2021. This event is a wonderful way for your company to gain exposure and support the incredible difference philanthropy makes in our community.

Children's Wisconsin staff posing at their luncheon table


Community Memorial Foundation was proud to nominate a generous benefactor, James H. Basler of West Bend, for the 2017 AFP Leave a Legacy Award Nomination. Mr. Basler, an unassuming millionaire, designated more than $1.2 million to the Emergency Department at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Memorial Hospital in his will.  His gift of a lifetime ensures exceptional emergency care for so many who live in the Menomonee Falls area.  

In the process of recognizing Mr. Basler, the foundation was pleased to bring together leaders, a dear friend of Mr. Basler’s and other donors. We paused to celebrate how philanthropy has impacted the hospital. In doing so, we also deepened our relationships as we enjoyed a wonderful lunch and listened to inspirational speakers.  We received so many intangible rewards with our 2017 AFP award.

Take a minute to nominate, then celebrate your donors at AFP’s National Philanthropy Day!


 - Michelle St. Clair




An awards nomination is tops on a list of 45 easy ways to cultivate high-value donors, according to an article in Fundraising Success Magazine. At AFPSEWI we could not agree more!

Nomination deadline May 28, 2021.

Honorees will be announced in July 2021.

Nominator at podium introducing their award winning donors


2019 National Philanthropy Day HonoreesShow appreciation for all that your donors and volunteers do for your organization by nominating them for a National Philanthropy Day (NPD) award. The nomination process is short and simple but the return on your investment of time may be huge if your nominee is selected to receive a prestigious NPD award.

The nomination process is easy! Just submit the NOMINATION FORM, a brief description of the person(s) or organization being nominated (one-page maximum), and up to three letters of endorsement.

Click below to download information on each award category:

Please consider nominating an individual, couple, foundation, corporation or organization that has had a tremendous impact on the work of your organization and others.  You may consider making a “co-nomination” for an award with another charitable organization.  Prior to making a nomination, please be certain that your nominee is willing and available to accept the award if selected.

And mark your calendars for November 9, 2021, to join your AFP colleagues and hundreds of others to celebrate Southeastern Wisconsin philanthropy.

The Art of Philanthropy

Enjoy this video of our honorees talking about the art of philanthropy, our theme of the National Philanthropy Day 2019  awards and celebration.

Leave a Legacy Award

Bernie Kubale

Nominated by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

For commitment to the community through a documented planned gift

Todd Wehr Volunteer Award

Thelma Sias

Nominated by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Sojourner Family Peace Center

For sustained volunteer dedication in raising philanthropic funds

Philanthropic Youth of Today Award

Hannah Reynolds

Nominated by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

For youth making a difference through philanthropic leadership

Scott M. Cutlip Professional Fundraiser Award

Penny Gutekunst

Nominated by the Zoological Society of Milwaukee

For professional distinction as a fundraising executive

Wisconsin Organization Philanthropy Award

Komatsu Mining Corp. Group

Nominated by Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity

For an outstanding record of philanthropic leadership

Evan P. Helfaer Donor Award

Joan and Peter Bruce

Nominated by Alverno College and Greater Milwaukee Foundation

For distinguished service in sharing resources with charitable organizations

Join us in saluting these award recipients who through their involvement demonstrate the best in community engagement. Their actions and responsible conduct make the following individuals, corporations, foundations, and youth the leaders in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Wondering if one of your donors has already won an award? Hit CTRL+F on your keyboard to open the search function in your browser bar and search by name.


Todd Wehr Volunteer Award   
2019 Thelma Sias
2018 Wendy Carlson
2017 Paul Eberle
2016 Donald W. Layden, Jr.
2015 Mitch Hatch
2014 Doug Ziegler
2013 Jan Lennon
2012 Reuben K. and Mildred L. Harpole, Jr.    
2011 Dr. Ellen Langill      
2010 Andrea Bryant         
2009 Karen Peck Katz       
2008 Judy Jorgensen      
2007 Anthony and Donna Meyer    
2006 Charles A. Krause     
2005 Kathryn “Murph” Burke     
2004 Polly Van Dyke      
2003 Les Weil      
2002 Mary Emory      
2001 John Stollenwerk     
2000 Linda Davis      
1999 Linda Mellowes      
1998 Chris Bauer      
1997 Judith A. Drinka      
1996 Ben Barkin      
1995 Jose A. Olivieri      
1994 Jean & Ted Friedlander     
1993 Sally & Jim Grootemaat     
1992 Richard P. Klug      
1991 Charles S. McNeer     
1990 Daniel F. McKeithan, Jr.     
1989 Jill & Jack Pelisek     
1988 Orren J. Bradley     
1987 Martin F. Stein      
1986 Blaine E. Rieke      
1985 John L. Murray      
1984 Patrick W. Cotter     
1983 Robert V. Krikorian     
1982 Kim Trostel      
1981 Edith Finlayson      
1980 Mrs. Charles E. Pain     

Scott M. Cutlip Professional Fundraiser Award
2019 Penny Gutekunst
2018 Karen Spahn
2017 Dan Mueller
2016 Shannon Watry, CFRE
2015 Steve Atwell, CFRE
2014 Julie Quinlan Brame
2013 Patrick Rath
2012 Mary K. Albrecht
2011 Stephanie Ackerman
2010 Julie A. Tolan
2009 William R. O’Toole, Jr., CFRE
2008 James L. Clark
2007 James A. Unglaube
2006 Mary Louise Mussoline
2005 Ellen Phillips
2004 Larry Woodard
2003  John Nickels
2002 Philip E. Meinzen
2001 Dean Rein
2000 Joyce Altman
1999 Carolyn “Sam” Macklem
1998 J. Russel Raker, III
1997 Michael D. Hohner
1996 Janet Cady
1995 Gerald M. Schaefer
1994 Doris H. Heiser
1993 Lucia L. Petrie
1992 David R. Schultz
1991 Dorothy H. Biwer
1990 Lloyd Lewis
1989 James N. Raffel
1988 Virginia MacNeil
1987 Sylvia Murn
1986 John R. Gmeindl
1985 Jack Prater
1984 Mary S. Pollock
1983 Robert E. Anthony
1982 Marnie Pasteur
1981 Samuel G.D. Naperstek
1980 Harold Gibbs
Robert R. Rennebohm

Leave A Legacy Award
2019 Bernie Kubale
2018 Al Troyke
2017 James H. Basler (presented posthumously)
2016 Pat and Joan Kerns
2015 John and Elizabeth Feith
2014 Dorothy Heale
2013 Frank and Pauline Fichtner
2012 Emile H. Mathis III
2011 Bill and Jean Schulz
2010 Ron and Kay Zupko
2009 Robert J. “Bobby” Mason
2008 Marianne Epstein
2007 Harry Henke
2006 Rosella E. Wellert
2005 John Julien and Mary E. “Betty” Croasdaile
2004 Martin F. Stein
2003  Jon Barsanti 
          Joan and Buzz Hardy
2002  Eugene Hayman
2001  Beatrice Biesek
2000  Gwen Jackson
1999  Mr. & Mrs. Willis Gardner   

Evan P. Helfaer Donor Award
2019 Joan and Peter Bruce
2018 Harris Turer
2017 Cindy and Roger Schaus
2016 James and Yvonne Ziemer
2015 William Radler
2014 Billie Kubly
2013 Don and Kate Wilson
2012 The Walter L. & Grace M. Merten Charitable Trust 
2011 Curt Culver      
2010 Bob and Patricia Kern     
2009 Jack and Patti McKeithan      
2008  Joseph Zilber      
2007  Vincent and Jan Martin     
2006 Andrew Fleckenstein      
2005 Sheldon and Marianne Lubar    
2004 Mr. and Mrs. Dennis H. Bauman    
2003 Richard Weiss      
2002 Suzanne and Richard R. Pieper, Sr.   
2001 People of SE Wisconsin     
2000 Robert and Mimi Habush    
1998 Michael J. Cudahy     
1997 Alice Bertschy Kadish     
1996 David A. Ulrich      
1995 Barbara Stein      
1994 Esther Leah Ritz     
1993 James O. Wright     
1992 Harold A. Schwartz     
1991 Warren P. Knowles     
1990 Ben D. Marcus      
1989 William J. Blake      
1988 The Jacobus Family Foundation    
1987 Mrs. Erwin C. Uihlein     
1986 Bernard J. Peck      
1985 Mrs. Robert A. Uihlein, Jr.    
1984 Charles E. Nelson     
1983 Max Karl   
1982 Linda Karger Kohler     
1981 Mrs. Walter H. Stiemke
1980  Mrs. Charles P. Vogel
1979 Samuel C. Johnson

Wisconsin Organization Philanthropy Award
2019 Komatsu Mining Corp. Group
2018 We Energies/We Energies Foundation
2017 MGIC (Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation)
2016 MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer)
2015 A.O. Smith Foundation
2014 Brewers Community Foundation
2013 Robert W. Baird & Company
2012 Kapco Inc.
2011 Quarles & Brady LLP
2010 Kohl’s Department Stores
2009 Balistreri Owned & Operated Sendik’s Food Markets
2008 West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
2007 Associated Bank
2006 Badger Mutual Insurance Company
2005 Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation
2004 Rockwell Automation Corporation
2003 Time Warner Cable
2002 Briggs and Stratton Corporation
2001 Marshall & Ilsley Foundation
2000 Richard & Ethel Herzfeld Foundation
1999 Helen Bader Foundation
1998 Rotary Club of Milwaukee
1997 Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
1996 Harnischfeger Foundation
1995 Faye McBeath Foundation
1994 Waukesha State Bank
1993 Glenn & Gertrude Humphrey Foundation
1992 Miller Brewing Company
1991 First Wisconsin Milwaukee
1990 Junior League of Milwaukee
1989 Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation
1988 Wisconsin Bell
1987 Johnson Controls
1986 Greater Milwaukee Initiative
1985 Greater Milwaukee Foundation
1984 Wisconsin Electric Power Company
1983 Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.

Philanthropic Youth of Today Award 
2019 Hannah Reynolds
2018 Katie Eder
2017 Erin McBriarty
2016 Michela Miller and Madison Sveum
2015 Isabel Pesci, Elizabeth Korb, Taylor Newcomer
2014 April Fehr
2013 McKenna Nerone
2012 Becky Hall
2011 Lead2Change

Special 40th Anniversary Trailblazer Award
2018 Doris Heiser

2015 National Philanthropy Day Honorees

Compilation video shared at the annual awards luncheon and celebration.

2014 National Philanthropy Day Honorees

Compilation video shared at the annual awards luncheon and celebration.

2013 National Philanthropy Day Honorees

Compilation video shared at the annual awards luncheon and celebration.

2012 National Philanthropy Day Honorees

Highlight video from the 2012 annual awards luncheon and celebration.





AFP Southeastern Wisconsin is excited to announce the creation of the Impact Awards which honor the innovative and inspirational work of AFP members and their organizations. The Impact Awards will be presented at the 2021 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon to recognize the important work that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ of fundraising.

Thank you for helping us recognize the IMPACT our members have on philanthropy in Wisconsin.

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Nominations are open to AFPSEWI members and their organizations. Individuals or organizations may self-nominate projects completed within the past three years.

Deadline to Nominate: TBA

Complete and submit the 2021 Impact Award Nomination Form and enter a brief (one-page maximum) description of the project being nominated and a description of how the project meets the criteria.

In addition, please list any web pages which elaborate on how the project has impacted the organization. PDF files of additional information may be emailed to

The Best Representation of Mission Award is given to recognize a fundraising effort that exemplifies mission-driven fundraising. The winning fundraising effort aligns with the organization’s mission and vision either directly or in a creative or innovative manner, and furthers the organization’s mission whenever possible, raising not only funds but awareness and engagement for the organization’s cause.

The Most Innovative Award will go towards an organization or person who demonstrates a unique approach to fundraising, event planning, or technique in their organization. This award recognizes creative and new ideas that help further an organization's mission. Nominations should include a brief description of what new and innovative approach has been used and show the impact the creativity of this innovation has led to.

The Best Representation of Stewardship or Donor Engagement Award recognizes organizations that use effective methods to engage donors about the impact of their gifts. Nominated projects may address an organization’s entire donor base or specific constituencies (e.g. donor level, new donors, or donors to specific projects). Projects may also use a single communication method or a series of communications.

2019 Impact Award honorees receiving certificates on stage

Congratulations to our 2019 Winners

Stewardship & Donor Engagement


Best Representation of Mission

2019 Impact Award honorees receiving certificates on stage



National Philanthropy Day® - Tuesday, November 9, 2021


On National Philanthropy Day (NPD), we celebrate the extraordinary change that fundraising and philanthropy have helped to create in our world! Join us to honor Southeastern Wisconsin's most exemplary philanthropists, donors, volunteers, and fundraising professionals.

Photo of Doris Heiser, honoree being presented with crystal award from Ryan Amundson, Award Sponsor



Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Pfister Hotel, 424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee
10:30 am Pre-event Networking
12:00 pm Awards Luncheon

Registration will open in early September.

For the AFPSEWI chapter, National Philanthropy Day is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the impact of philanthropy in the world around us. It's a day to honor those people active in the philanthropic community who have made our lives, our communities, and our world a better place.

Billions of dollars are given every year to just causes. Millions of programs and services administered to those in need. Individuals are connected to cause and to each other. Civic participation and important societal bonds are created and strengthened through philanthropy as we work to improve the quality of life for all people.

In Southeastern Wisconsin the impact of philanthropy is beyond impressive.  As fund development professionals, we have the unique opportunity to work with people and organizations that are responsible for impacting the missions we champion.

NPD "change the world with a giving heart" logo

National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside on the fifteenth of November. The purpose of this day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world.

NPD was originally conceived of and organized by Douglas Freeman in the 1980s, and the first official events held in 1986 after President Reagan signed the official NPD proclamation. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. 

Last year, more than 130 AFP chapters held NPD events and activities across North America. In addition, AFP launched #NPDLove and the website, a global social media outreach and awareness campaign to engage the global charitable sector, the philanthropic community, and the public in activities to demonstrate “love of humankind” and highlight how they (or their organization) are helping to change the world.


Partners in Philanthropy

An Opportunity for Members to Recognize Their Donors & Volunteers


It's Never to Early to Start Thinking About YOUR "PIPS"!

The impact of our partnerships with donors, advocates, and volunteers allow us to do the extraordinary work realized by over 2.2-million nonprofits throughout the country, and almost 35,000 in Wisconsin alone.  

In honor of National Philanthropy Day every year, Partners in Philanthropy is a unique opportunity for each member to celebrate two donors/volunteers that have made a difference to their organization and to the greater community.  Submit your names for the 2020 Honor Roll today!

Amanda Stahman posing with her PIPS


Partners in Philanthropy is a unique and free opportunity for each member of AFPSEWI to recognize two donors* that have made a difference to your organization and to the greater community. This is a great way to provide recognition and stewardship to those that have helped your organization achieve its mission.

Each AFPSEWI individual member can recognize two Partners in Philanthropy.  If your organization has more than one AFPSEWI chapter member, then you can recognize two donors per member (i.e., five AFP members equals ten partner nominations).

If you are unsure of your membership status, or how many members your organization has, please contact us.

This opportunity to recognize partners is one of the benefits of being an AFP member, whether you are able to attend our National Philanthropy Day event or not.  Partners will be recognized: in the program, listed in the presentation, posted on our website, and acknowledged in various ways through event media coverage.

*Note, a family or couple equal one donor.

To submit your Partner(s) names and the organization you represent to:
Erin Richardson, Chapter Administrator, AFPSEWI at

Please make sure names are submitted as you would like them to appear on the website and in the program. Names or partners will be listed under the name of the submitting organization in alpha order unless otherwise specified.

One or two photos per organization can be submitted to be included in the social media video. See 2020 Partners in Philanthropy Video for examples.

Deadlines: 2021 late summer/early fall deadlines have not yet been announced, but it is never too late to start thinking about who your partners will be this year. Please watch your inbox and check back for more details.

Partners in Philanthropy will receive:

  • Listing on the 2021 Partners in Philanthropy Honor Roll webpage
  • Listing in the 2021 NPD event program
  • Listing in the 2021 NPD event slideshow
  • Listing in the 2021 Partners in Philanthropy social media video
  • Name badge ribbons designating them as "Partners"
  • Recognition at the event and be asked to stand for acknowledgment as philanthropic partners

Partnership extends a wonderful stewardship opportunity for many nonprofits who enjoy the event with their Partners in Philanthropy. Your special partners will be recognized that day by the entire philanthropic community not only through published recognition but with ribbons of acknowledgment so everyone will know their passion for your organization.

Want to make this year’s event just a little more special for your partners in Philanthropy?  Here are a few quick tips on the small touches that can make a huge difference:

Before the Event:

  • Be sure to connect with your partners early to secure the date on their calendars!
  • A few days prior, send out the latest event parking and directions to your guests to ensure it’s as easy as possible for them to get to the luncheon.

During the Event:

  • Come early to set up and greet your partners as they arrive.
  • Designate a prime spot at your table for each of your partners so they can easily see the awards and presenters.
  • Have a customized thank you gift ready for them at their seat – even a thoughtful thank you chocolate with a handwritten card can make a huge impact.

After the Event:

  • Send a follow up thank you with a group photo from the event.
  • Promote your partnership on social media and make sure to tag your corporate groups who have their own social media pages/handles and use the hashtags #PartnersinPhilanthropy and #NationalPhilanthropyDay.

Do you have unique ideas on how you engage your donors at National Philanthropy Day?  We’d love to hear them!

P.S.  Even if you are unable to attend our National Philanthropy Day event, this opportunity to nominate partners is one of the major benefits of being an AFP member.  All nominated partners will be recognized in the program, listed in the presentation, posted on our website, and acknowledged in various other ways through event media coverage.

Below is a listing of those that were nominated for making that impact for the members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Southeastern WI, and their organizations in 2019. These special Partners were recognized on November 12, 2019, along with the 2019 National Philanthropy Day Honorees. Thank you to all of our hardworking members, as well as, their donors and volunteers!

Abbey Group, Ltd
Dr. Jennifer Charpentier, Gateway Technical College Foundation
Lynda Kohler, SHARP Literacy

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
Portia Young

American Company of Irish Dance
Matthew Pinix
Pinix and Soukup, LLC

American Liver Foundation - Upper Midwest Division
Bell Ambulance
John Paul’s Buick GMC

ArtWorks for Milwaukee, Inc.
Nicole Anderson
Jim Neuner

Association of Fundraising Professionals, Southeastern WI
Brewers Community Foundation
Medical College of Wisconsin

Bethesda Lutheran Services
Mike and Cindi Purnell
Roehl Foundation
Stackner Family Foundation

Carroll University
P.E. MacAllister '40
Bill Yersin '64

Cedar Community
Steve Brandt - BSG Maintenance
National Exchange Bank and Trust Foundation
Mike and Donna Voss - BVK
West Bend Mutual Insurance Foundation

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation
Chris Kaltenbach
Bernie Kuble
Ugo Nwagbaraocha
Thelma Sias
David Werner

Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
Bader Philanthropies
Mike Giunta and Celera Systems
Bruce and Marianne Miller

Community Memorial Foundation
Dr. Marshall and Tricia Beckman
Larry Dux
GO Riteway Transportation Group
Richards and Pamela Parker
Jerry and Debbie Wick

First Stage
The Burke Foundation
The Molitor Foundation

Gateway Technical College Foundation
Matt & Renee Kirchner

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast
Associated Bank
Milwaukee Public Schools
Rockwell Automation
Carol Seeger

In Progress Consulting, LLC
African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin - Board Chair Wanda Montgomery and Legacy Committee Members Deborah Allen, Susan Lloyd, Greg Wesley

JDRF Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter
Lauren Hess
Chuck & Mandi Kirby
Jim Meyer
Sam McGovern-Rowen
Andy Riggs

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
J.W. Speaker Corporation
Holly and Brad Schlossmann

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Alto-Shaam, Inc.
Generac Power Systems
Pieper Power
Laurie vanWieringen

Life Navigators
Anick & Associates
R&B Wagner, Inc.

Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
Carma Laboratories
Johnson Controls/Luxaire

Medical College of Wisconsin
Mary Ann and Pete LaBahn
Joel and Arlene Lee

Milwaukee Center for Independence
Barbara Becker
Mark and Carol Megna

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Wells Fargo Housing Foundation

Milwaukee PBS
Bader Philanthropies: Helen Daniels Bader Fund
The Terri and Verne Holoubek Family Foundation
Johnson Controls Foundation
The Charles E. Kubly Foundation
Tom and Cynthia LaConte
Peter and Kathleen Lillegren
Jane Bradley Petit Foundation

Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Bladen and Julia Burns
Camille and David Kundert
The Lubar Family
Carol and Rob Manegold
The Plunkett Family
The Quadracci Family

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Rockwell Automation
David & Julia Uihlein
United Performing Arts Fund

Milwaukee Tennis and Education Foundation
Mary Fran Cahill & Herb Hentzen

Mount Mary University
Mary Ellen Luxem
Barbara Muth

Next Door
Harley Davidson
PNC Bank
Brenda Levatich
Northwestern Mutual

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin
iLevel Media
Wisconsin Vision

The Salvation Army
Jeff Janza, CIBC
Anthony Smith, The Marcus Center

Skylight Music Theater
John Shannon & Jan Serr
Herzfeld Foundation

Lisa French and Pam Ford, Wells Fargo
Dawn Capilupo, Wheaton Franciscan Sisters Ministry Fund

SPI Consulting, LLC
Thriving Waukesha County Alliance
HOPE Network for Single Mother's

St. Anthony School Milwaukee
Ronald Krizek, CLU, ChFC
Ron San Felippo

St. Joan Antida High School
Janice Biel
Catholic Financial Life

The Gathering of Southeast Wisconsin
David & Mel Johnson
Gerald & Elaine Mainman

Ted and Mary Kellner
Bill LaMacchia
Roy & Bobbi Reiman
Rockwell Automation
Jim Borris - Zilber, Ltd.

Urban Ecology Center
Eaton Corporation
Rotary Club of Milwaukee

Vision Forward Association
Beyond Vision
ibvi - Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Wisconsin Philanthropy Network
Bader Philanthropies
Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee
Chris Grota
Julie Ragland, Navistar
Nancy Peterson
Monica Shah-Davidson
Marilka Vélez, Associated Bank

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Bob Dohmen
Quinn & Jane Martin



Demonstrate Your Commitment to Philanthropy


Your sponsorship gives your organization prominent exposure to an audience of over 500 nonprofit, business, and philanthropic leaders and helps the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals salute and recognize the great impact of donors, volunteers, and fund development professionals.

Photo of Girl Scouts sponsor table of attendees


Each November, National Philanthropy Day gathers more than 500 nonprofit, business, and philanthropic leaders to honor philanthropy and volunteerism at the only major celebration of its kind in southeastern Wisconsin.  Sponsorship support of National Philanthropy Day gives your business prominent exposure to this audience of key leaders and decision-makers in the non-profit, philanthropic, and other key sectors of our economy.

Our sponsors not only make National Philanthropy Day® possible, but they take its mission to heart. They exemplify philanthropy and send a message about the importance of work that challenges the world to become a better place.

Your sponsorship demonstrates your organization's commitment to investing in your community through philanthropy and volunteerism. Proceeds from this event help our chapter develop ethical, professional fundraisers and inspire a culture of philanthropy throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

Presenting Sponsor - $5,000
Demonstrate your commitment to Philanthropy as the Presenting Sponsor for the 42nd Annual National Philanthropy Day® event.

  • Official name of the event will be promoted as National Philanthropy Day® presented by your organization name/logo.
  • Logo recognition on invitation, event program, day-of-event signage and multi-media presentations.
  • Logo recognition on all secured in-kind print and electronic advertisements.
  • Organization representative addresses attendees (estimate attendance more than 550+) at the awards luncheon for 3 minutes.
  • One full-page color advertisement in event program.
  • Priority seating for a table of 10 at the awards luncheon.
  • Ability to leave promotional piece for attendees.
  • Logo, with hyperlink back to organization website, on the AFP SEWI chapter's website.

Platinum Sponsor - $3,500

  • Logo recognition on invitation, event program, day-of-event signage and multi-media presentations.
  • Logo recognition on all secured in-kind print advertisements.
  • A half-page ad in the event program.
  • Logo, with hyperlink back to organization website, on the AFP SEWI chapter's website.
  • Priority seating for a table of 10 at the awards luncheon.
  • Ability to leave promotional piece for attendees.

Gold Sponsor - $2,500

  • Logo recognition on invitation, event program, day-of-event signage and multi-media presentations.
  • Quarter page ad in the event program.
  • Logo, with hyperlink back to organization website, on the AFP SEWI chapter's website.
  • Priority seating for a table of 10 at the awards luncheon.

Silver Sponsor - $1,500

  • Logo recognition on invitation and event program.
  • Logo, with hyperlink back to organization website, on the AFP SEWI chapter's website.
  • One table of 10 at the awards luncheon.

Table Sponsor - $1,000

  • Name recognition on the invitation (early birds), event program, and table signage.
  • Company name, with hyperlink back to organization website, on the AFP SEWI chapter's website.
  • One table of 10 at the awards luncheon.

Patron Sponsor - $500
Organizations of any size can demonstrate their support of National Philanthropy Day® as a Patron Sponsor.

  • Name recognition on event program
  • Company name, with hyperlink back to organization website, on the AFP SEWI chapter's website.

Complimentary attendance for up to four representatives to attend the awards luncheon.

For more information contact, Erin Richardson, AFPSEWI Chapter Administrator

Please check back for 2021 NPD Sponsorship Opportunities