National Philanthropy Day 2023

November 15, 2023

Pfister Hotel, 424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee
11:15 am Pre-event Networking
12:00 pm Awards Luncheon

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.


"Using Your Voice in Philanthropy

Cindy Bentley
Executive Director OF People First Wisconsin

Cindy Bentley is the Executive Director of People First Wisconsin and one of Wisconsin's most inspirational leaders and activists. She was listed on Wisconsin’s 48 Most Influential Black Leaders 2021. Her book “Spirit of a Champion” continues to inspire people around the world. Cindy serves on several boards and works closely with other organizations that work for equal opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Cindy Bentley

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals Southeastern Wisconsin (AFPSEWI) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2023 National Philanthropy Day awards. The awards recognize individuals, organizations, and volunteers who have made our lives, communities, and the world a better place.

The following awardees will be honored at the event this year - click each name to read more about our honorees:

Sean Mars
Todd Wehr Volunteer Award
Nominated by Children's Wisconsin

Jerry & Becky Jendusa and Family
Evan P. Helfaer Donor Award
Nominated by Make-A-Wish Wisconsin

Wisconsin Organization Philanthropy Award
Nominated by Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County

Sarah Gilday
Scott M. Cutlip Professional Fundraiser Award
Nominated by Siebert Lutheran Foundation

Madilynn Puetz
Philanthropic Youth of Today Award
Nominated by Three Harbors Council, Boy Scouts of America


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
2022 Gina Peter
2021 John Kissinger
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
2022 Tanya Mazor-Posner
2021 Sarah Malchow
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
2021 A. Bela Maroti
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
2022 Calvin & Suzanne Schmidt
2021 Bob Dohmen
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
2022 United for Waukesha Fund
2021 The Milwaukee Kitchen Cabinet
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 
2022 Ava Yuergens & Ben Otto
2021 Stephanie Guy & Autumn Mays
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

Trailblazer Award
2021 Marybeth Budisch
2018 Doris Heiser

Lauber Trusted Community PartnersSponsors make National Philanthropy Day® possible and 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.

NPD is a wonderful opportunity for your company to gain exposure and support the incredible difference philanthropy makes in our community. Your sponsorship gives your organization prominent exposure to an audience of 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.

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 45th Annual National Philanthropy Day® Luncheon

  • Logo inclusion on event signage and multi-media presentations.
  • Logo inclusion on in-kind print and digital ads.
  • Opportunity for 3 minute presentation by an organization representative at event.
  • Full-page color ad in event program.
  • Priority seating for a table of ten.
  • Ability to leave promotional piece for attendees.

Gold Sponsor - $2,500

  • Logo inclusion on event signage and multi-media presentations.
  • Quarter page ad in the event program.
  • Priority seating for a table of ten.

Silver Sponsor - $1,500

  • Logo inclusion on event signage and multi-media presentations.
  • One table of ten.

Table Sponsor - $1,000

  • Name inclusion in event materials.
  • One table of ten.

Patron Sponsor - $500

  • Name recognition in the event program.
  • Complimentary attendance for up to four to attend event.

All sponsorships include name/logo with URL on AFPSEWI's NPD 2023 Website.

For more information contact, Julie Cordero, AFPSEWI Chapter Administrator

Click Here for 2023 NPD Sponsorship Opportunities Flyer

Click Here for 2023 NPD Sponsorship Pledge Form

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Pfister Hotel, 424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee
11:15 am Pre-event Networking
12:00 pm Awards Luncheon


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Join us in celebrating the people and organizations that take action to serve our neighbors and improve our community.

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.

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 are 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.

member with her partners in philanthropy at past eventIn 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.  

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. Scroll to the bottom of this page to read complete eligibility information. 

Submit your names for the 2023 Honor Roll today!

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 click here.

Names must be 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.

Deadline to Submit: October 27

Partners in Philanthropy will receive:

  • Listing on the 2023 Partners in Philanthropy Honor Roll webpage
  • Listing in the 2023 NPD event program
  • Listing in the 2023 NPD event slideshow
  • Name badge ribbons designating them as "Partners" at the event
  • Recognition at the event during program to acknowledge 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.


American Company of Irish Dance
Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Bill Borchert Larson Fund

Children's Wisconsin
Kesslers Diamonds
Brian Anderson - TV Announcer, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club 
Bob and Charlotte Miller
Jeff and Janessa Pierce
Meghan's Mission

College Possible Milwaukee
Dick and Shelly Seesel
David Gay

Community Smiles Dental
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
ProHealth Care

2023 Partner in Philanthropy Honor Roll

Education Foundation of New Berlin
Rotary Club of New Berlin
TDS Telecommunications

The Gathering of Southeast WI
Mel and David Johnson


Ticket to Dream Foundation 
The Charles E. Kubly Foundation

Life Navigators
First Business Bank
Al & Pam Pawelski

Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
Fusion Recruiters
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
Jersey Mike's


Siebert Lutheran Foundation    
Tim Larson
Cathy Peterson

SPI Consulting LLC
Falls Area Food Pantry

Urban Ecology Center
Rudy and Terri Sundberg

Wellpoint Care Network    
Monica Nichol
James Madlom
Jackie Herd-Barber

2023 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

table sponsors

Patron Sponsors


Loving Venti Consulting

Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin

College Possible Milwaukee

Rudnitzki & Associates