National Philanthropy Day

This premier event celebrates philanthropy in Connecticut, featuring a live awards program recognizing statewide philanthropy leaders and our special “Crisis Heroes.” Continue the day with a full line up of inspiring speakers, educational breakout sessions, roundtable Zoom discussions, virtual vendor exhibits, and more!

Given the extraordinary events of 2020, this National Philanthropy Day® promises to be more memorable than ever. Join us for a day of rejuvenation, reconnection, and reinvention!


2020 Keynote speaker – Vu Le

Race, Equity, Access, Diversity, and Inclusion: Get READI!

In these challenging times, nonprofits continue to play a critical role in lifting up people and building community. As our society diversifies, how do we ensure our philosophies and practices respond effectively? How do we include race, equity, access, diversity, and inclusion in our everyday work? In this presentation, filled with Vu’s trademark humor and pictures of baby animals, we will discuss these topics and more. Prepare to be challenged, provoked, and inspired. 


NEW in 2020: Crisis Hero Award

This award recognizes an individual, family, group, corporation, or foundation whose actions or donations have contributed positively to social justice, economic, or pandemic responses in Connecticut. Heroes can be nominated for solving challenges related to the COVID pandemic, equality for non-white and/or immigrant groups, long-term economic instability, record unemployment, health care worker support, food insecurity, police reform, mental health, domestic abuse, gaps in virtual education, or other critical social concerns.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals in Connecticut will honor those who have helped change lives through their fundraising and philanthropic efforts. Given the extraordinary challenges in the nonprofit sector this year, we also will spotlight Crisis Heroes in our communities. Please join us for the National Philanthropy Day® Awards Breakfast to be held at the Trumbull Marriott (Trumbull, CT) on Friday, November 13, 2020.

Now accepting nominations in the following categories:

Nominations Due September 15, 2020


Thank you to our early committed 2020 sponsors: