2015 National Philanthropy Day Honorees!

In Fall 2015, National AFP proudly announced its 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honorees: six of the most outstanding, committed and inspiring donors and volunteers from across North America. Honorees were recognized at the National Philanthropy Day Honors event in New York City on November 12 at the 92nd Street Y.

Outstanding Corporation: The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Since its founding in 1984, The Coca-Cola Foundation has invested more than $750 million to sustain local, national and international communities. In 2014, Coca-Cola invested $126 million in communities worldwide, including $91 million from the Foundation.
  • Enhancing the well-being of people and communities is the hallmark of Coca-Cola’s philanthropic efforts. Over the past 30 years, the Foundation has supported a multitude of community efforts, including two signature educational programs: The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program, which has awarded more than $39 million in college scholarships to help more than 3,200 students become the first in their immediate families to attend college; and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, which has awarded more than $54 million in scholarships to more than 5,400 young scholars since 1988.
  • Coca-Cola’s presence in more than 200 countries and its extensive logistical infrastructure positions it well to respond to disaster anywhere in the world, from the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa to the multiple disasters that struck the Philippines. In 2014, the foundation provided $1.38 million in humanitarian and disaster relief efforts throughout the world.
Coca-Cola Company

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation

Outstanding Foundation: Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Winter Park, Florida.

  • Founded in 1973, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has issued more than 3,500 grants to over 830 organizations, primarily in Central Florida, totaling upwards of $105 million.
  • Highlights of the foundation’s impact on the community include a 42-year legacy of support of Central Florida’s nonprofit organizations including Rollins College, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, Orlando Repertory Theatre and the Orlando Science Center; a leadership role within the nonprofit community, facilitating strategic partnerships and helping organizations leverage their unique attributes for mutual benefit; and dedication to accountability in grant-making, ensuring that funds are leveraged to their fullest extent and strategies are in place for sustainability.
  • The foundation is dedicated to advancing effective philanthropy and fundraising, creating the Rollins College Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center, and co-founding the Florida Philanthropic Network.

Outstanding Philanthropist: Joan and Macon Brock, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

  • Joan and Macon Brock’s philanthropic impact reaches across the United States and the globe, having given more than $40 million to numerous organizations, including those involved in education, social action and the environment, three of their biggest passions.
  • In November 2014, the Brock Environmental Center opened to serve as a resource for thousands annually, educating many and focusing on the challenges to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The building is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world.
  • The Brocks take personal responsibility to oversee the process of improving disparities globally through their philanthropy. With gifts totaling over $7.3 million, Joan and Macon are ensuring children have a safe place to sleep, the rate of diabetes and infant mortality is reduced, and water is available to villagers in under‐developed countries.
Joan and Macon Brock

Peter Ferrantelli

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Peter Ferrantelli, San Diego, California.

  • Peter Ferrantelli has worked the past 45 years as a volunteer, raising millions for organizations supporting at-risk individuals. He has served on several boards and focused on fundraising at: University of San Diego H.S., St. Madeleine Sophie Center, Friends of Handicapped Children, Noah Homes and the Cramer Foundation in support of St. Madeleine Sophie.
  • He has donated more than $2.4 million over his lifetime of dedication to improving the lives of those most at risk, including infants, children, the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • Peter Ferrantelli has spent more than a decade as the founder and current chair of Noah’s Ark Angel Foundation, raising $1.14 million to support the work of Noah Homes. In addition to his title as founder, he is also deserving of titles as Chief Mail Officer, Website Designer, Video Director, Client Services Rep—involved in so many different aspects of the organization. He also helps educate others about planned giving and recently played a key role in Noah receiving a $3 million estate as a planned gift.

Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group: Youth Making a Difference, Pratt, Kansas.

  • Youth Making a Difference, a program of the South Central Community Foundation, engages youth from seven counties across Kansas in philanthropy and grant-making. For the past 12 years, 109 students have gone through the YMAD program, inviting grant applications, reviewing documents and making nearly $250,000 in grants to a wide variety of charities. Recent grant recipients include nursing homes, libraries, schools, church programs, hospice, art centers, pregnancy centers, health clinics, food banks, teen centers, mental health services, and 4-H programs.
  • One especially inspiring gift was a grant to Sterling High School to help students start their first energy-related classroom project. The school subsequently installed a small wind turbine on its campus, and Kansas Wind Resource recognized Sterling for being one of the first schools to develop an energy program.
  • Youth Making a Difference’s impact doesn’t just stop when students leave the program. Many continue their philanthropy at the college level, researching and applying for grant opportunities. For example, graduates of the program have helped their college biology class purchase microscopes and purchase equipment for a school tennis team.
Youth Making a Difference

Kinsey Morrison

Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual: Kinsey Morrison, Louisville, Kentucky.

  • Diagnosed with aplastic anemia at a young age, Kinsey Morrison (now 18) has raised more than $600,000 for a wide variety of causes, many of them health- and cancer-related, including American Red Cross (Louisville and Albuquerque), American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Girl Scouts, St. Francis School, Aplastic Anemia & MDS Foundation, Camp Quality, and Gilda’s Club Louisville.
  • Kinsey uses her voice to champion the “underserved” and challenge perceived injustices in the world—serving as a tutor to immigrants and a peer companion to youth with cancer, becoming a vocal advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement and helping to write an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court and speaking on the steps of the Supreme Court for marriage equality.
  • Kinsey has volunteered for many organizations, including the Center for Women and Families, Repair Affair, Salvation Army, Scoutorama, Girl Scouts, Gilda’s Club (camp counselor, peer counselor, and admin), Humane Society, Adelante (tutoring low income Latina teens) and Habla (tutoring Stanford University janitorial staff).

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 paffairs@afpnet.org.

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 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 paffairs.afpnet.org.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Headquarters Presents:

National Philanthropy Day 2015 Honors Award Program

Thank you for joining National Philanthropy Day Honorary Chair and 2012 Outstanding Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, along with Maria Cuomo Cole and Geoff Canada, as AFP International Headquarters saluted the 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honorees on Nov. 12 in NYC:

Joan and Macon Brock, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Outstanding Philanthropist

Peter Ferrantelli, San Diego, California
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, Georgia
Outstanding Corporation

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Winter Park, Florida
Outstanding Foundation

Kinsey Morrison, Louisville, Kentucky
Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual

Youth Making A Difference, Pratt, Kansas
Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group

Event Details:

Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9 PM (EST)
92nd Street Y, Kaufman Concert Hall,
1395 Lexington Avenue,
New York, NY 10128

We look forward to seeing you again in 2016

For more details, please visit http://afpnet.org/npdhonors

Support The NPD Honors Award Program

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada appreciate your continued support of the 2015 National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) Honors Award Program, which celebrated the accomplishments of individuals and organizations working together to meet the needs of our communities and our society.

November 15

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