Time to Vote: Who is your Favorite Philanthropic Idol?

THANK YOU for sending us your National Philanthropy Day® selfies! We have been amazed and inspired by the videos you have submitted about the people and groups that have most inspired you!

Now it's time for you to vote for your favorites! Each day, you can vote one time for the video that inspires you most. That means you can come back every day and cast a vote - one vote per day - until the voting period ends on Nov. 10. That gives you plenty of opportunities to notify and get others excited to visit the site and also vote for the videos you and they find most inspiring!

After voting closes on Nov. 10, we will tally up the votes. The five most popular videos will win $500 to the charity of their choice donated in their name. In addition, AFP will pick a “staff’s choice” winner for an additional $500 donation! All six winners will be announced on this site on Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day®!

So click each selfie below to watch, be inspired, and then vote using the form you'll find after the videos!

Questions? Please contact webmaster@afpnet.org

Nominator:
Tycely Williams, CFRE
My Idol / Inspiration
My Grannie (and all grandmothers)

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The Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers
My Idol / Inspiration
Our community and our patients!

Nominator:
Britt Gotcher
My Idol / Inspiration
Lee Allan Smith / Oklahoma City - President of Oklahoma events inc.

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John Cameron
My Idol / Inspiration
Bill and Grace Knight

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Dave Tinker, CFRE
My Idol / Inspiration
Don and Hope Tinker

Nominator:
Kimberly Forren
My Idol / Inspiration
Austin - Kidney Disease Patient

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Dr. Robert Ivany, President of the University of St. Thomas
My Idol / Inspiration
Elizabeth Lyons Ghrist

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Martha H Schumacher, ACFRE, CFRE
My Idol / Inspiration
My Mother

Nominator:
Rose Grech
My Idol / Inspiration
Planet Earth Series

Nominator:
Sandra Dow
My Idol / Inspiration
Friendship Club in Toronto

Nominator:
Andrea Gordon
My Idol / Inspiration
Sam Simon

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Shawna Brown
My Idol / Inspiration
Housing4All

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Bre and Yadi from College Possible
My Idol / Inspiration
Great Lakes

Nominator:
Tori Strickland
My Idol / Inspiration
Local Matters

Nominator:
Chloe Fey
My Idol / Inspiration
Pat McCown and Brett Gordon

Nominator:
Khadija Hamidzai
My Idol / Inspiration
Jason Shim

Nominator:
Kristina Huber, CFRE
My Idol / Inspiration
The generous people of Erie, Pennsylvania

Nominator:
Taylor Moss
My Idol / Inspiration
Greek Life at LSU

Nominator:
Samantha Banks
My Idol / Inspiration
The Jewish Community.... anywhere from New York to Saskatoon to Israel and Peru

Nominator:
Brian Foster
My Idol / Inspiration
Dr. Ben Gullison and Mr. Art Jenkyns

Nominator:
Tammy Flynn
My Idol / Inspiration
The 757 Community

Nominator:
Terrence Egan
My Idol / Inspiration
Corke Schaney

Nominator:
Debra Haley
My Idol / Inspiration
Mother Teresa

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Cortni Wells
My Idol / Inspiration
Cassandra Wingert
( video currently unavailable )

After losing her boyfriend to a heroin overdose, Cassandra has dedicated her life to the advocacy community surrounding addiction and overdose. On top of working full time, going to school, and being a single mother, she runs a non-profit organization that provides Naloxone, the opioate overdose reversal, to communities in need. She holds training sessions all over the Chicagoland area, and is one of the incredible volunteers responsible for helping put Naloxone in the hands of law enforcement all over Chicagoland and the collar counties. As an active advocate in the drug-awareness community, she is a leader among the organizations that support her. She speaks at forums, she attends awareness events, speaks to students in local schools, trains community members on how to save lives, and still remains positive, driven, and encouraging day after day. On top of all of ther advocacy/non-profit work, she participates regularly in Sack Lunch Sunday, which is a group of volunteers that provide sack lunches to the homeless men and women in Chicago. She is selfless, loving, and inspiring, and I cannot think of anyone who deserves this more than she does.

Nominator:
Kayleigh Matthews
My Idol / Inspiration
The OSPCA
( video currently unavailable )

My inspiration is the BEST because they specialize in saving animals of all kind. They have saved a lot of lives and helped a lot of families to find their forever homes! They always do whats right and really are positive in every situation. The OSPCA inspires me to keep going in every situation and to maintain hope, because every adoption needs and had hope. I LOVE animals and which I could save every one, but I can't, and donating is the only way I can, and I'm too young to volunteer, so I do everything I can. I think to OSPCA deserves more recognition for all of the stuff they do!

IMPORTANT: Only one vote per day is permitted.

AFP's NPD Award Nominees

National Philanthropy Day®, Nov. 15, celebrates the idea that everyone can be a philanthropist—young to old, individuals to organizations—and that our contributions are wonderfully unique, but all extraordinary.

In addition to our video contest, AFP has its own Philanthropic Idols as well: the finalists in our National Philanthropy Day® awards program. These amazing individuals and organizations are changing the world. Learn about our 16 finalists below in the following categories (and come back later to see which of these finalists will be recognized at our National Philanthropy Day® event on Nov. 15):

  • Philanthropist — Individuals who give generously to causes and demonstrate creative ways to engage others through their giving.
  • Volunteer Fundraiser — Outstanding volunteers don’t just seal envelopes—they get involved in personal ways, including asking others to give.
  • Corporation — These organizations have supported charities in innovative ways and engaged their employees.
  • Foundation — Foundations work on a huge array of issues, changing our world in ways that aren’t always obvious.
  • Youth in Philanthropy — The generosity and creativity of young philanthropists often exceeds those of their older counterparts.
    Special thanks to the Bob Carter Companies for sponsoring the Youth in Philanthropy awards.
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual

Kaci Mikusevich, Kent, Ohio

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Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual

Princeton Carter, New Orleans, La.

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Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual

Elise Everly, Fort Smith, Ark.

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Outstanding Philanthropist

The Buerger Family, Philadelphia, Pa.

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Outstanding Philanthropist

Maureen O'Gara Hackett, Houston, Texas

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Outstanding Philanthropist

Joan and Macon Brock, Hampton Roads, Va.

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Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Pierre Bolvin O.C., Montreal Quebec

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Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

R. Doug Ziegler, West Bend, Wisc.

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Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Brian Gearing and Ric Hersh, Richmond, Va.

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Outstanding Corporation

ATCO Group, Calgary, Alberta

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Outstanding Corporation

Florida Blue, Jacksonville, Fla.

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Outstanding Corporation

McKinney, Durham, N.C.

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Outstanding Foundation

A. Gary Anderson Foundation, Anaheim, Calif.

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Outstanding Foundation

Women's Fund of Central Ohio, Columbus, Ohio

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Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group

Miles of Scarves, Henrico, Va.

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Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group

Jack Sullivan and Catherine's Peace Team, Rochester, N.Y.

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AFP Chapter NPD Stories

Every year more than 100 communities across North America celebrate National Philanthropy Day® by honoring local donors, volunteers, corporations, foundations, young people and others involved in charity and philanthropy. Here are some of the most inspiring honorees for 2014 that have been recognized by AFP chapters (hover and click to read their stories).

Have a chapter NPD story for us? Send it to: paffairs@afpnet.org

Henry and Eleanor Carlson

AFP South Dakota Chapter

Outstanding Philanthropists

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General William and Willa Dean Lyon

AFP CA Orange County Chapter

2014 Legacy Award Honoree

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Impact Radio Group

AFP Idaho

2014 Outstanding Media Partner

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James Ragan and the Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation

AFP TX Coastal Bend Chapter

Philanthropist of the Year

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Gary Nissen

AFP Calgary

2007 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist

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Francie Bishop Good

AFP FL, Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Chapter

Outstanding Philanthropist

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November 15
NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY®

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