About National Philanthropy Day and Tampa Bay Philanthropy Week

Suzy Delaney, TBPW 2023 Chair

Suzanne is thrilled to be working to support Tampa Bay Philanthropy Week. Celebrating the creative and tireless work that goes toward the heart of philanthropy in Tampa Bay is an absolute joy for Suzanne, who co-chaired the event last year and is chairing the event this year. Suzanne is devoted to philanthropy in our community. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive and received a Certificate of Fundraising Management (CFRM) from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Public Interest Communication and a Global Strategic Communication Graduate Certificate from the University of Florida. Suzanne is the Chief Development Officer at the Glazer Children’s Museum and volunteers with several local organizations.

Ornella Varchi, TBPW 2023 Co-Chair

Ornella Varchi received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Florida and her MBA from the University of Tampa. She is also a Certified Fundraising Executive. She is the Chief Development Officer for the Humane Society of Tampa where she has been for over 11 years. Ornella enjoys working with the Tampa Bay community to make it a better place for animals in need and pet owners in need. Ornella serves on the Board of Directors for AFP Tampa Bay and is excited to serve as Co-Chair for Tampa Bay Philanthropy Week.

Tampa Bay Philanthropy Week 2023 Committee

Suzy Delaney
Ornella Varchi
Clara Moll
Nora Gunn
Guy Sticklin
Rachel Lewis

What is National Philanthropy Day?

National Philanthropy Day (NPD) began in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan signed an official proclamation for a special day set aside to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world.

NPD is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. This year, AFP Tampa Bay will celebrate the contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions through a week-long digital media campaign.

In short, NPD is a celebration of philanthropy — giving, volunteering, and charitable engagement — that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy and all those involved in the philanthropic process make to our society and our world.

About Tampa Bay Philanthropy Week

Tampa Bay Philanthropy Week is a week-long celebration that embraces the spirit of National Philanthropy Day by reveling the generosity of heart that thrives in the Tampa Bay community. It is an opportunity to put a spotlight on some of our local philanthropists, nonprofit organizations, and fundraisers by showcasing their innovation, resilience, and leadership.

The 2023 AFP Tampa Bay Philanthropy Week will be an interactive digital celebration to tell the incredible stories of our community, held Monday, November 13th – Friday, November 17th. We will come together for an in-person celebration on Thursday, November 16th.

We know there are countless stories of generosity and innovation as nonprofits address new needs, philanthropists investing in long-term solutions, and fundraisers work tirelessly to ensure financial stability – and we want you to share these stories in our digital story board. 

Submit your stories of how people in this community are going above and beyond for the love of humankind. Five stories will be selected to be part of a video series produced by WEDU PBS with one featured each day of Tampa Bay Philanthropy Week. We encourage you to explore the website and our social media feeds to experience even more stories highlighting our extraordinary community.

About AFP Tampa Bay

Established in 1980, the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the largest chapter in the state of Florida. The chapter supports the purposes and goals of AFP to advance philanthropy and fundraising professionalism.