Submit Your Video: Who is Your Philanthropic Idol?

Checked out our National Philanthropy Day® finalists? You’ve seen OUR philanthropic idols and inspirations. Now tell us who is yours!

Submit a short video—a selfie—no longer than a minute telling us who—or what—your philanthropic idol is, and why! It can be anyone: a family member, friend, acquaintance or even someone you’ve never met before, but has always inspired you. Or maybe it was an organization or company, or perhaps a situation, a story, a movie, a poem—something that moved you to action.

Here's a rundown of what we are looking for in your video!

And here is a submitted "selfie" (right) to give you an idea of what to do!

The five most popular videos (determined by overall votes) will win $500 to the charity of their choice donated in their name. AFP will pick a “staff’s choice” winner for an additional $500 donation.

Submissions are being accepted now—just upload your video and give us your name, contact email or Twitter handle, the name of your idol/inspiration, and one sentence about why your philanthropic idol is the BEST.

The deadline to submit is October 22nd, so submit today! Voting will begin October 25th and be open through Monday, November 10th.

We’ll compile the top five and announce them on Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day®!

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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November 15
NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY®

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