AFP International Awards Program

Frequently Asked Questions

We are looking forward to this year’s nominations. There are so many great philanthropic stories to be shared, and we hope that you will take the time to recognize those that embody the award criteria. Please ensure that you collaborate with your AFP chapter members to identify those most worthy of a nomination. We suggest convening to discuss your strategy and how you can work together to create a powerful nomination.

  1. Who can submit a nomination for the AFP International Awards Program?
  2. How is the AFP International Awards Program related to chapter awards programs?
  3. What is the deadline for submission?
  4. How will the honorees be selected?
  5. Can an individual or chapter submit multiple nominations?
  6. Can an individual or group be nominated posthumously?
  7. Can prior award recipients be nominated?
  8. Will I receive confirmation that my nomination was received?
  9. Are honorees required to attend an awards ceremony in order to receive the award?
  10. What are the benefits of a winning AFP International Award?

Who can submit a nomination for the AFP International Awards Program?

Only AFP members and chapters may submit nominations for AFP International’s Awards Program.

Typically, chapters will submit individuals or organizations that have received or been nominated for local (National Philanthropy Day) awards. However, nominees do NOT have to have received a local award in order to be nominated for AFP International’s Awards. It is suggested that there is chapter consensus on whom will be nominated and that chapter members work together to collect all needed data for the nomination.

Individuals who submit nominations for AFP International’s awards program MUST have the endorsement of the local chapter (see nomination form). Nominations without chapter endorsement will not be considered.

How is the AFP International Awards Program related to chapter awards programs?

The AFP International Awards Program is not officially related to any chapter program. It has its own deadlines, criteria, and judging process.

Submitting a nominee for a chapter award does not in any way automatically submit the nominee for AFP International’s Awards Program. Nor should chapters simply submit local nominations for AFP International’s Awards Program without first reviewing the criteria. Criteria may be different, and nominations that are simply cut and paste from local chapter nominations will likely lose significant points during the judging process.

AFP International Awards Program strives to include award categories that are similar to those presented by chapters. We encourage chapters to use similar criteria in their awards to what AFP International Awards Program uses.

What is the deadline for submission?

The deadline for all of AFP International’s Awards Program is November 30 of each year.

How will the honorees be selected?

Honorees are selected by members of the AFP IHQ Awards Committee, as well as invited chapter presidents and president-elects who have indicated a desire to judge awards. In no case will chapter leaders be judging an award category in which their chapter has submitted a nomination.

For certain awards, members of a related committee may be involved (e.g., members of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Committee will help judge the Charles R. Stephens Award for Excellence in Diversity Award), or previous honorees (Outstanding Young Professionals recipients will help judge future nominations).

Can an individual or chapter submit multiple nominations?

Not for the same category, no. Please refrain from submitting multiple nominations for the same category. In essence, these will compete against each other. We suggest you submit the strongest nomination and consider other submissions for a following year. Individuals and chapters may submit nominations across different categories. We encourage you to submit any and all nominations that you deem worthy of an international award.

Can an individual or group be nominated posthumously?

No. All nominees must be living on the nomination date, November 30, of that year in order to be eligible.

Can prior award recipients be nominated?

Yes, but only ten years AFTER they received the award. Even then, their nomination must focus on philanthropic work during the time AFTER they received the award. Any gifts or activity that occurred prior to winning the first award will be not considered for the second nomination.

Will I receive confirmation that my nomination was received?

Yes. You will receive an automated email from AFP IHQ that confirms receipt of your submission.

Are honorees required to attend an awards ceremony in order to receive the award?

Yes. Please see the main awards page to see where each award will be presented. Honorees must able to attend those events.

What are the benefits of a winning AFP International Award?

Here are a few reasons to encourage you to take the time to consider a nomination:

  • Your nominee will be recognized for their outstanding work.
  • Your chapter, individual/organization will be showcased internationally.
  • You will help others understand how excellence in fundraising is achieved.
  • You will promote AFP International and its partner organizations.

Don’t forget! Nominations close on Friday, November 30, 2018.

Additional questions or clarifications can be addressed to afpawards@afpnet.org.