Philanthropy is defined as “the love of humankind.” I find that “philanthropy” is often sara_leonard_webfriendly-5misused. Many people think it is only about giving away money but I believe it is so much more.

The headline in the Tampa Bay Times last week announced that Paul Allen had died. It called him “Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist.” Although it was sad news, I found the description very touching. Of his many business and personal accomplishments, Paul Allen was remembered for what he gave to help others.

National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is the day that thousands of people around the world come together to put that word into action and recognize the change that word has brought to our communities. Our AFP Suncoast Chapter will celebrate on Wednesday, November 14 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC.

Congratulations to this amazing list of individuals and groups who work tirelessly to make Tampa Bay a healthy and thriving community.

  • Philanthropist of the Year – Ron K. Bailey Family
  • Philanthropic Corporation of the Year – Williams Automotive Group
  • Gayle Sierens Volunteer of the Year – Kathy Wilder
  • Spirit of Philanthropy – The Gilkey Family – Laura, Michael and Banyan
  • Philanthropic Service Organization of the Year – Golfers vs. Brain Cancer Foundation
  • Philanthropic Small Business of the Year – ChappellRoberts
  • Youth In Philanthropy – Greta Dieck

I hope you will join us as we celebrate philanthropy throughout Tampa Bay. For more details and to register, click here:

Sara Leonard, MBA, CFRE

2017/2018 President – AFP Suncoast Chapter
Sara Leonard Group
(813) 310-2364

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