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The Association of Fundraising Professionals, CA., Desert Communities Chapter, has announced nominations are now open and being accepted immediately for the 15th Annual National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert Awards, scheduled to take place on Friday, November 5, 2021.  The community-at-large is invited to submit nominations recognizing the compassionate spirit of the daily contributions made by individuals, corporations, foundations, and volunteers within our community.  The deadline to submit nominations is 5:00 pm on Friday, April 30, 2021.   Honorees will be announced virtually on June 18, 2021.

“Philanthropic actions come in all different shapes and sizes — charitable giving or volunteering,” stated Josh Zahid, National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert Event Chair.  “It is with great honor we can celebrate these individuals who have collectively made a big impact in the lives of so many here in our Valley.”

Founded in 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals and organizations, generating philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions, and advancing philanthropy forward through its 31,556 members in 244 chapters throughout the world.  AFP works to foster philanthropy through advocacy, research education, and professional certification programs, while promoting high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.  The AFP Desert Communities Chapter currently boasts a membership of 86 fundraising professionals.

Celebrating its 61st milestone year, National Philanthropy Day® is a special day set aside for the purpose of recognizing the great contribution philanthropy makes in our society and within our communities.  This special day honors individuals, businesses, foundations, and support organizations who are actively engaged in philanthropic endeavors.  Here in the Coachella Valley, it is a day when we pay special tribute and honor our own outstanding local philanthropists who give so generously of their time, skills, talents, and financial support.  These amazing philanthropists give back so much, thus making our communities a much better place for us all.   

During the 15 years the Association of Fundraising Professionals CA., Desert Communities Chapter has hosted the National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert Awards, 87 outstanding individuals, businesses, foundations, and organizations have been honored.

“Even a pandemic cannot diminish the spirit of philanthropy in the Coachella Valley,” stated Brian Daly, President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals CA., Desert Communities Chapter.  “This year’s nominations will shine a light on the kindness and generosity we witness every day in our community.”

The Association of Fundraising Professionals CA., Desert Communities Chapter, is accepting nominations immediately in the following five categories:

*OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIST

*OUTSTANDING FOUNDER OF A COACHELLA VALLEY NON-PROFIT

*OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEER

*OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIC FOUNDATION, CORPORATION, OR CIVIC/SERVICE ORGANIZATION

*OUTSTANDING YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY 

The Association of Fundraising Professionals CA., Desert Communities Chapter, invites nominations from the entire Coachella Valley community, whether or not you are a member of the organization.  Nomination forms are available online at www.afpcadesert.org.  The deadline to submit one or more nominations is 5:00 pm on April 30, 2021.  Award winners will be honored and celebrated at the 15th Annual National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert Awards on Friday, November 5, 2021. Tables Sponsorships can be purchased for $ 1,200.   For registration and event information please visit www.afpcadesert.org or contact Event Chair Josh Zahid at 909-226-1085 or at jnzahid@llu.edu.