National Philanthropy Day


Connecticut’s National Philanthropy Day® 

Annual Awards and Conference

We invite you to celebrate the profound impact delivered by Connecticut’s finest nonprofit and civic leaders.We know philanthropy is a vital pillar of our society, and this special day honors the donors, volunteers and professionals whose gifts of time, expertise and resources contribute significantly to life in our communities.

The day begins with an inspiring awards breakfast recognizing philanthropic trailblazers selected from nominations across the state:

  • Outstanding Youth (5-17): Ella Stanley, Guilford

  • Outstanding Youth (18-23): Danielle Burns, Tolland

  • Outstanding Corporation: Iroquois Gas Transmission System, LP, Shelton

  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Meghann Smith, New Canaan

  • Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Holly Doherty-Lemoine, CFRE, New Canaan

  • Outstanding Philanthropist: The Tauck Family, Wilton


After the awards ceremony, build your skill set with a series of educational programs taught by sector experts.Topics include board leadership and governance, fundraising best practices, marketing and communications, and organizational challenges.

Then enjoy a banquet luncheon featuring nationally-acclaimed author, activist, fundraiser & speaker Dan Pallotta, Founder & President, Add Humanity and the Charity Defense Council and Top 100 viewed TED Talk speaker. After lunch, bring your insights and questions to round table leaning moderated by nonprofit professionals, and grow your influencer circle in our Power Hour networking sessions.  

This is a meaningful day to learn and strengthen our philanthropic community. Please join us for Connecticut’s National Philanthropy Day®!

This event will attract more than 250 executives, board members, community volunteers, and fundraising professionals from across the region.

2019 Sponsorship Opportunties

As a sponsor, your company will receive exposure through printed and digital materials, social media, on-site promotion and more! We have levels ranging from $1,000 up to $10,000. Click here to see full sponsor benefit details.

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Keynote Speaker: Dan Pallotta, Founder & President, Add Humanity and the Charity Defense Council

Dan Pallotta is a builder of movements. He invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the Breast Cancer 3-Day walks and the multi-day AIDS Rides, which raised in excess of half a billion dollars in nine years and were the subject of one of the first Harvard Business School case studies on social enterprise. The model and methods he created are employed by dozens of charities and have raised over $1.5 billion more for important causes.

He is the author of “Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential,” the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press, and “Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World”. His 2013 TED Talk has been seen more than 4.7 million times and is one of the 100 most-viewed Talks of all time.

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