Every year, November 15th is dedicated to nationwide acknowledgement and celebration of philanthropy. This day is meant to share stories of the good people are doing for others and recognize the effects these efforts have on the communities around us. Philanthropy Day is an annual event hosted by The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) to bring together fundraisers from all industries and sectors, share ideas and insights, and foster new relationships within the local community.
On November 18th, I attended my second Philanthropy Day Conference held by the Long Island Chapter of AFP and it was incredibly impactful and motivating. The day was filled with learning sessions that were taught by seasoned professionals with years of experience in a given segment such as social media, video production, grant writing, etc. They were all so eager to share the wisdom they have, that only comes with experience. During the lunch segment several key people who have poured their heart into philanthropy and growing the community were honored. These individuals shared a few words regarding their journey and how they fell in love with giving back. We also heard from keynote speaker, James Sheehan, the Bureau Chief of New York Attorney General’s Charities Bureau.
As a young professional, months away from graduation and about to embark on my career journey, I am inspired by how passionate and generous the professionals in attendance were. I met people from all walks of life who are all striving for the same thing, creating a world with more love and giving. The lessons I learned and the stories of these impactful individuals, I will carry with me in my personal and professional life.
Congratulations to all of the Honorees:
Sandra Atlas Bass - The Horace Hagedorn Outstanding Philanthropist Award
Patrice Frank - Outstanding Fundraising Executive
Diana O’Neill - Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer
Arnone, Lowth, Wilson, Leibowitz, Andriano and Greco, Inc./Greco Planning Group - Outstanding Corporation
London Rosiere - The Gilbert Tilles Award
Tyler Fazzari - Leaders of Tomorrow
Smile Farms Inc. Intern