Nominees should have a proven track record of making a positive impact

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The Association of Fundraising Professionals — San Luis Obispo County Chapter (AFP SLO County) announced the call for nominations for the Local AFP 2023 Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year award. This award seeks to honor individuals, families, businesses, or foundations that have demonstrated exceptional generosity, civic responsibility, and a commitment to charitable giving within San Luis Obispo County.

Nominees for the Local AFP 2023 Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year award should have a proven track record of making a positive impact through direct financial support and inspiring others to take leadership roles in philanthropy. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to our community’s betterment and celebrates those whose benevolence encourages charitable actions by others.

Past recipients of the Local AFP Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year award include notable figures such as Clifford Clark, Bert and Candee Forbes, Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust and trustee Howard Carroll, Joan Gellert-Sargen, and the Bank of America Foundation. Additionally, the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy and President’s Award categories have recognized promising young philanthropists and community leaders.


The honorees for the 2023 Local AFP Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year award will be celebrated during the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the picturesque La Lomita Ranch.

AFP SLO County welcomes nominations for philanthropists who have made a significant impact on San Luis Obispo County. To nominate an individual or organization for this prestigious recognition, you can complete the nomination form available here

Nominees should be residents of San Luis Obispo County and exemplify a deep commitment to supporting multiple nonprofit organizations. It is important to note that generosity is not solely measured by financial contributions, as dedication, volunteer service, and community involvement also play pivotal roles in the selection process.

All nominations should include at least one letter of recommendation and will be reviewed by a nominations committee composed of former AFP board members, ensuring a fair and impartial evaluation.

Past nominations will be considered only if resubmitted for the current award cycle. Awardees will receive two tickets to the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon.

AFP SLO County is proud to host National Philanthropy Day, celebrating the spirit of giving and the profound impact of philanthropy within San Luis Obispo County. This event serves as a platform to honor those who have made a difference and inspire others to join in the noble cause of supporting our community.

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About AFP San Luis Obispo County Chapter:

AFP SLO County is a local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, an international organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. AFP SLO County represents professionals in San Luis Obispo County who are committed to building a culture of philanthropy and improving communities through ethical and effective fundraising practices.