National Philanthropy Day 2015

National Philanthropy Day, or NPD, celebrates the charitable work that EVERYONE does to make a difference and create impact in their communities. Whether you’re a donor or a volunteer (or both!), young or old, no matter how much you give or what causes you support—what you do from the heart makes a difference! And you make a difference every day! Your generosity and commitment doesn’t take time off. NPD is recognized on Nov. 15, but we celebrate what you do throughout the year!

The NPD website will be highlighting the extraordinary work of donors and volunteers around the world every day. If you want us to recognize someone in your community, drop us a line at

We’re starting with the finalists in our National Philanthropy Day Honors program. More than 70 video nominations were received in six categories: Philanthropist, Volunteer Fundraiser, Corporation, Foundations and Youth in Philanthropy (Youth and Individual).

We asked YOU to vote on the nominees you felt most impacted their communities and the world, and our top vote-getters are below. A group of judges will choose the final honoree in each category, who will then be recognized at the National Philanthropy Day Honors program in New York City in November.

Plus we’ll be updating the site all the time with news about philanthropy, ways to give more effectively and profiles of unique and inspiring philanthropists—just like you! So come back often as we celebrate philanthropy and everything you have done to help change the world.

National Philanthropy Day Honors Finalists!

Below please find the finalists in our National Philanthropy Day Honors program - those nominees you felt most impacted their communities and the world! Click the camera icon next to each nominee's name to watch the video submitted on their behalf!

Outstanding Philanthropist

Macon and Joan Brock
Virginia Beach, Va.
Nominated by: Connie McKenzie

Jean Burgdorff
Mystic, Conn.
Nominated by: Marivic Mabanag

Denise Fruchter
Toronto, Ontario
Nominated by: Michele Papadamou

Ailianet Roldán Rodríguez
Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Nominated by: Glorilianette Morales

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual

Charlsie Doan
Dallas, Texas
Nominated by: Kelly Doan

Kinsey Morrison
Stanford, Calif.
Nominated by: Karen Morrison

Reshini Premaratne
Glen Allen, Va.
Nominated by: Maureen Neal, CFRE

Joseph "Joey" Aiden Roth
Baton Rouge, La.
Nominated by: Beverly Brooks Thompson, CFRE

Outstanding Corporation

Coca Cola Company
Atlanta, Ga.
Nominated by: Birgit Smith Burton

Eli Lilly Corporation
Indianapolis, Ind.
Nominated by: Tangela Ford

The Home Depot
Atlanta, Ga.
Nominated by: Shelley Goode

TD Bank
West Hartford, Conn.
Nominated by: Molly Bouffard

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group

K Cancer Baseball, NFP
Rockton, IL.
Nominated by: Amy Morris

New Trier High School Girls Soccer
Northfield, IL
Nominated by: Molly McHugh

Youth Making a Difference
Pratt, Kan.
Nominated by: Maggie Southard

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Peter Ferrantelli
San Diego, Calif.
Nominated by: Molly Nocon

Jackie Rae Greening
Edmonton, Alberta
Nominated by: Sherry Schaefer

Barry F. Lorenzetti
Montreal, Quebec
Nominated by: Luce Moreau, CFRE

Helen Meinzinger
North Gower, Ontario
Nominated by: Lois Graveline

Outstanding Foundation

Asofsky Family Foundation
Delray Beach, Fla.
Nominated by: Marilyn Emas

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Winter Park, Fla.
Nominated by: Lisa Blackwelder

George W. Brackenridge Foundation
San Antonio, Texas
Nominated by: Sean-Michael Hazuda

Green Family Foundation
Miami, Fla.
Nominated by: Howard R. Lipman

The Jewish Fund
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Nominated by: Alexandra Risher

National Philanthropy Day Community Hero

National Philanthropy Day celebrates that the fact that EVERYONE is a philanthropist. No matter who are you, we all have the time, talent and treasure to make a difference in our communities.

National Philanthropy Day Communities Heroes represent the spirit of philanthropy and reflect the great stories of generosity and selflessness that happen every day in the world. Read below to find out what real people are doing every day to help each other and our world. And if you know great stories of donors and volunteers in your community, email us at

Clovis Morrisson

State College, PA

Why Clovis Is A Community Hero:
Why Clovis Is A Community Hero: Clovis Morrisson has been a champion of philanthropy for six decades. As president of the Student Union Board of Directors at the University of Texas in the 1950s, he created a student organization designed to inspire 16,000 students to vote to quintuple their annual assessment for the Student Union. A daunting 2/3 of the student body needed to vote, they did and Clovis had his first fundraising success. As president of the Greater Denton Arts Council in Denton, Texas, in the 1980s, Clovis led over 250 volunteers to support reclaiming two abandoned buildings. One became the Center for Visual Arts and the other a Center for Performing Arts. Ever ambitious, in 1988 he led the first-ever capital campaign at the University of North Texas, which had a goal of $37,000,000 (and closed in 1992 with over $43,000,000 raised!). In 2014 Clovis chaired Healing Waters: The Foxdale Village Therapy Pool Campaign. This first-ever campaign, the goal of which was to raise $600,000 to construct a therapy pool on Foxdale’s campus, was a rousing success. Thanks to Clovis’ leadership, over $1 million was contributed!

Clovis Morrison
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November 15

The day we celebrate philanthropy:
giving, volunteering, and everything you do
to help change the world!