Do you know someone who exudes the philanthropic spirit? Perhaps a youth who tirelessly volunteers, an outstanding fundraiser or someone who founded a non-profit that is making a significant difference? Or maybe you know an exceptionally generous philanthropist or an organization that has deeply affected the most underserved non-profits in our community. It’s time to acknowledge all of them for their valiant efforts!

The Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter has opened its 16th Annual National Philanthropy Day nominations to celebrate Honorees in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Philanthropist(s)
  • Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer
  • Outstanding Non-Profit Founder
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

“Given what we have endured together over the past two years, I personally invite you to take pause and reflect on those individuals, foundations, and businesses that have not only endured the impact of the pandemic but have gone above and beyond, profoundly changing the Coachella Valley with their giving hearts,” shares Josh Zahid, National Philanthropy Day Chair.

2021 National Philanthropy Day Honorees (back row from left) Gailya Brown and Solange Signoret with Josh N. Zahid, NPD Event Chair, and honorees Ana and Ismael Jimenez. (Front row from left) Linda Rider, Dawn E. Rashid with event presenting sponsor Patti Grundhofer and honoree Armando Ehrenzweig.

Now is the time to recognize our Valley’s outstanding philanthropic champions who are “Changing the World with a Giving Heart,” the theme of the Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter.

Nominations close Thursday, March 31, 2022through A Blue-Ribbon Award Panel comprised of Coachella Valley community leaders will review the nominations. The Honorees Announcement will take place on Friday, May 20th at 11:00 am at Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa. Then, save the date for National Philanthropy Day on Friday, November 4th at 11:00 am at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort in Indian Wells.

We look forward to receiving your nomination submissions at
by March 31st.

For more information, contact Josh Zahid at or call/text 909.226.1085.