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Celebrate Philanthropy

The Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFPGV) along with our premier sponsor, The Bonadio Group, will proudly recognize award winners in nine different categories from around the greater Rochester area at our annual National Philanthropy Day® Celebration on Friday, Nov. 1. Jennifer Johnson will be the Master of Ceremonies at the event to be held at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center and more than 500 people are expected to attend in celebration of the award winners and the philanthropic spirit of the Rochester community. 

“AFP looks forward to honoring our 2019 National Philanthropy Day award winners on November 1. Each year the Rochester community joins us to help thank generous philanthropists for their contributions that are making our region a great place to live, work, play and age well.  This is always an inspiring day.” says Gretchen Wood, President, AFPGV.  


AFPGV will present the following awards at the event: 


  • Outstanding Corporation: First American Equipment Finance 
  • Outstanding Small Business: M/Body
  • Outstanding Foundation: Camp Smile Foundation
  • Robert A. Clinger Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Cathie Wright, CFRE
  • Outstanding Philanthropist: Robert August 
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Gerald Archibald
  • Outstanding Young People in Philanthropy – Group: Our Lady of Mercy 2019 Motto Project
  • Outstanding Young People in Philanthropy – Individual: Madeline Berl 
  • Burton S. August, Sr. Award for Community Leadership: Lauren Dixon


The luncheon will be held from noon–1:30 p.m. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. Early bird tickets are $55 for individual AFP members, $65 for non-members, and $500 for a table of 10 through October 4. 


Tickets are available online at www.afpgv.org/national-philanthropy-day or by mailing completed registrations to: AFP, Genesee Valley Chapter, PO Box 60413, Rochester, NY 14606. 


ABOUT AFPGV: The AFP Genesee Valley Chapter is a volunteer-based organization representing more than 230 fundraising professionals in the Greater Rochester region. Our mission is to advocate for philanthropy and to promote ethical and successful non-profit development by addressing the needs of diverse fundraising professionals in our region.

The chapter is affiliated with an international association, which works to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs.  The Association strives to enhance philanthropy and volunteerism through a series of programs designed to benefit all those who lead, serve, and support non-profit institutions. Our members represent colleges, universities and secondary schools, hospitals and health care facilities, social service and cultural agencies, and local charities.

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