Congratulations To Our Philanthropic Idol Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Philanthropic Idol contest and for sharing your stories! We had some great submissions, and the voting tallies were impressive! Below please find the five NPD Idol selfies that received the most votes, plus the staff's choice winner! AFP will be reaching out to you all shortly to coordinate your charity donation!

Congratulations to everyone for a great contest! Let's keep the NPDLove spirit going all year long!

Nominator:
Terrence Egan
My Idol / Inspiration
Corke Schaney

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Corke Schaney is an older gentleman that looks like Popeye. He's a modest maintenance man at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Illinois. Corke is a man of very humble means who's had his own health challenges in the past. At one time he received assistance from FHN's Employee Assistance program called Community of Friends. Corke also has a green thumb, growing plants from seedlings in his own home-made greenhouse that he built. To give back to his community, this year Corke planted an abundance of garden vegetables and flowers, then sold them at the hospital. Corke often gives his own money to charitable causes, but this time was able to raise an additional $1,000 for the Hospital's Foundation. With these funds, the FHN Foundation awarded a $500 scholarship to a CNA who is working on becoming an RN and another $500 back to the very employee assistance fund that once helped him. Corke has a big heart, and where he seeds, people grow.

Nominator:
Shawna Brown
My Idol / Inspiration
Housing4All

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My name is Shawna Brown and about three weeks ago I was afforded the opportunity to attend the Florida Realtors Summit on Individual and Family Homelessness. While there, the presenters played a video highlighting Florida’s devastating crisis on family homelessness. The problem is a longstanding one, with Florida being number one in the entire United States for homelessness. What really moved me was when the video highlighted the fact that the biggest homeless population is infants and children. …. Housing 4 All, is a non-profit organization in its beginning phases of development, but its ambitious mission seeks to reduce the homeless population by introducing diverse resources that will empower homeless Veterans, individuals and families to shape a path towards self-sufficiency. This company is my idol. …. Everyone deserves a place to call home and a safe place to lay their heads at night. I am only one person but I believe I can make a difference with your help and support.

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

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They are my idols because they are so selfless, giving, and kind. They implement their own giving spirit into their company, McCownGordon Construction, where they have made a promise to donate at least 10% of all profits to charitable organizations.

Nominator:
Tammy Flynn
My Idol / Inspiration
The 757 Community

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Why Idol / Inspiration: We work for the Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia and who hosted on May 6th, 2014, the first EVER 24 hour giving day for our region, GIVE LOCAL 757. And it rocked. We will forever be inspired by our community, the 757, who raised nearly $200000 dollars in 24 hours for 106 charities representing every city in Hampton Roads region (757). Our community came together like never before. Over 1.5 million people engaged online. All 106 nonprofits built their capacity in marketing, social media and online fundraising so the benefits of the day go well beyond the actual fundraising dollar amount. Nonprofits received free social media training from Ferguson Enterprises Corporation experts. Ferguson also funded nearly 100% of the $30,000 prize pool. The Daily Press, Coast Virginia Living Magazine and several other media outlets donated advertising. Several local organizations like CN Benton Consulting, GO Local 757 and OBICI Healthcare Foundation donated in-kind services. 1880 citizens made donations from as far away as Germany. Words can not describe the level at which the 757 community rocks and we wanted to show the world just how much by submitting them as our philanthropic inspiration. Rock on 757!

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

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Our philanthropic idol is Great Lakes-- they have supported College Possible for six years, helping thousands of low-income students get into and through college! We are so thankful for their support, and they have set a great example of how we can all serve and support our own communities.

Nominator:
Khadija Hamidzai
My Idol / Inspiration
Jason Shim

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He has taught me to never accept barriers or no's or no-you-cannot's in whatever it is that I wish to pursue because restrictions whether mentally or physically on paper can be rearranged to create space for possibility and growth.

AFP's NPD Awards Recipients!

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 recipients of our National Philanthropy Day® awards! These amazing individuals and organizations are changing the world, and we are honored to recognize them this National Philanthropy Day®. Learn about our six awardees below in the following categories:

  • Philanthropist — Maureen Hackett (Houston, Tx.)
  • Volunteer Fundraiser — R. Doug Ziegler (West Bend, Wi.)
  • Corporation — ATCO (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Foundation — The A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation (Irvine, Ca.)
  • Youth in Philanthropy, Individual — Princeton Carter (New Orleans, La.)
  • Youth in Philanthropy, Group — Miles of Scarves (Henrico, Va.)
    Special thanks to the Bob Carter Companies for sponsoring the Youth in Philanthropy awards.
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Individual

Princeton Carter, New Orleans, La.

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Outstanding Philanthropist

Maureen O'Gara Hackett, Houston, Texas

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Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

R. Doug Ziegler, West Bend, Wisc.

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Outstanding Corporation

ATCO Group, Calgary, Alberta

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Outstanding Foundation

A. Gary Anderson Foundation, Anaheim, Calif.

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Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Group

Miles of Scarves, Henrico, Va.

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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!