Posts Tagged ‘national philanthropy day’

The Most Generous Nation in the World

December 7, 2013
Nora Gunn, CFRE

Nora Gunn, CFRE

Somewhere between the pumpkin pie and the holiday presents, tens of thousands of people in our community will take time to reflect on what they are grateful for. It is the season for giving, and the most important month for our profession. About one-third of all donations are made during December.

To those of us in the field, it’s no surprise that the United States was recently named the world’s most charitable nation. This generosity, resourcefulness and spirit was recognized worldwide by the 2013 World Giving Index which noted a higher proportion of Americans helped a stranger than any other country and, overall,  the percentage of people donating money, volunteering time, and helping others is growing.  

On Tuesday, the emphasis on giving was even more prevalent as AFP joined more than 10,000 nonprofit organizations that galvanized throughout the country to persuade their supporters to give time or money on “#Giving Tuesday.” The increase in participants helped double online donations from $12-million to $21-million according to early estimates.

This great news comes on the heels of more celebration. In November, many of you joined us for the annual AFP Suncoast Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day event presented by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.  We recognized Cherie Schonbrun, Volunteer of the Year, who is known for her servant’s heart; we cheered Youth in Philanthropy awardee Matthew Baar, who was busy raising money to help kids like his brother Joey who had Downs Syndrome, open heart surgery and leukemia when Matthew was diagnosed with cancer himself; we applauded The Pinellas Auxiliary of the Children’s Home for their philanthropic service to providing children a better tomorrow;  we appreciated small business owner Susan Benjamin for her commitment to provide art for all economic levels; we commended the Tampa Bay Rays role in giving to the community and teaching others to do the same;  we saluted Karen Dalton for her unique approach to advancing philanthropy; and, we were inspired by the words of Philanthropist of the Year Sandy McKinnon who said the world is a better place when people give.  In all, more than 100 communities and 50,000 people around the globe participated in NPD celebrations.

This month, the merriment continues when we present the J. Lloyd Horton Lifetime Achievement Award to Jane Arnett and bestow the inaugural Janet Ware Memorial Scholarship to Bryn Warner. As 2013 and my year as President come to an end, I certainly have a lot to reflect on and be grateful for. Foremost, I would like to extend my personal gratitude to our Board of Directors and committees for the countless volunteer hours dedicated to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, and education in our Chapter and our community. Additionally, I thank each and every member for recognizing the important role AFP plays in fostering the development and growth of fundraising professionals. Without a strong and vibrant membership, we could not be the resource we are for so many.

In the temper of an ancient proverb: May generosity fill your soul, may truth always be your compass, may patience be your shield and may love and respect be your signature. Happy Holidays to you all!

Nora Gunn, CFRE
2013 AFP Suncoast President
Vice President, St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation & St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation
Phone: 813 872 0979

Ten Stars and Lots of Friends

March 7, 2013
Nora Gunn, CFRE

Nora Gunn, CFRE

Your AFP Suncoast Chapter was recently recognized for two notable achievements: the 2012 Friends of Diversity Award and the Ten Star Chapter Award. But, what do these designations really mean? 

The Ten Star Award is presented to Chapters that are positioned for future organizational growth and success. Observing National Philanthropy Day, promoting Ethics education and CFRE certification and providing networking opportunities are some of the ways we have increased professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of philanthropy. We appreciate Secretary Beth Fontes for ensuring we meet criteria throughout the year.

The Friends of Diversity Award means we have a designated plan and budget for diversity that has been sanctioned by our International Association. With it, we perform specific activities designed to increase diversity within fundraising  like offering programs on Women in Philanthropy; we educate our members on the importance of philanthropy in all cultures, like sharing diversity essays; We help unite fundraisers with diverse backgrounds with our collegiate and mentoring programs. Special thanks to Vic Teschel, Diversity Chair, for leading our efforts.

When you see these logos of achievement, you can be assured that we are driven to foster the best possible fundraising environment and that we are committed to a respectful and welcoming organization that is open to all. Your AFP Suncoast Chapter will be recognized at AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising in April. We hope to see you there and celebrate with you!

Nora Gunn, CFRE
2013 AFP Suncoast President
Director of Development, St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation
Phone: 813 872 0979

Mayor Buckhorn’s Proclamation

October 30, 2011

(L-R) Judy Anderson, Leana Lopez, Mayor Buckhorn and Sue Levitt

Mayor Buckhorn Declares November 16 National Philanthropy Day in the City of Tampa

By Mayoral Proclamation, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn recently declared Wednesday, November 16 as “National Philanthropy Day” in the City of Tampa.
During a recent ceremony at City Hall, the Mayor presented a proclamation to Sue Levitt, President of the Florida Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Leana Lopez, Chair and Judy Anderson, Co-Chair of the National Philanthropy Day Committee.  He urged all residents to join him in saluting the AFP Suncoast Chapter and especially the recipients whose contributions will be honored next month.
Philanthropists from the Tampa Bay area will be recognized for their dedication to community service and giving at a luncheon on National Philanthropy Day, November 16, presented the Florida Suncoast Chapter of AFP and our Presenting Sponsor, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.
“National Philanthropy Day recognizes and salutes the great contribution that philanthropy, and those people active in the philanthropic community in the Tampa Bay area, have made to our lives, our communities, our nation and our world,” said Sue Levitt.
There is still time to purchase an individual ticket or a table for the event.  Single seats are $50 and table sponsorships are $500-$2,500 Please see website for sponsorship details or email Bryn Warner at for additional sponsorship information.  To register online, visit by November 11, 2011.
For more information, contact Leana Lopez at the University of South Florida, (813) 974-1894 or

Nt’l Philanthropy Day Winners in GoodLiving Magazine!

February 7, 2011

GoodLiving Magazine featured AFP Suncoast chapter’s National Philanthropy Day award winners in its most recent issue! Maybe you have met Pamela Settle, GoodLiving’s publisher and editor, at one of the chapter’s monthly luncheons?

It’s always exciting to see philanthropy getting kudos in local media. Thanks Pamela!