Devin Dominguez, CFRE
National Philanthropy Day Chair
I am so very excited for to celebrate National Philanthropy Day in this new forum. All stories are important and I hope this website serves as a platform to uplift our sector for many years to come. I believe that the partnership between the philanthropist and the fundraiser to innovative nonprofits is one of the most incredible partnerships in our society.
I am lucky to have worked in the non-profit sector for two decades including tenures in art and history museums, historic sites, libraries, orchestras, theatres, and public media. I am proud to work at WEDU PBS and am thrilled that WEDU continues to partner with AFP Tampa Bay to tell the empowering stories of philanthropy.
National Philanthropy Day Co-Chair
This year has not been great, but I love our Tampa Bay community and I know there are philanthropic leaders, NPOs, and fundraisers doing great things to improve the lives of all who live, work, and play here. That’s why I am thrilled to help you all tell your stories of innovation, resiliency, leadership, and generosity!
I am an emerging leader who, over the past four years, has worked in education and healthcare fundraising. I am a USF alumna (go Bulls!) and have lived in this area for most my life. I currently serve as the Foundation Manager for the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research where I help restore sight to people around the world through my fundraising efforts.
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 philanthropists, nonprofits, and fundraisers have been essential in providing solutions to the ongoing problems our community facesthrough this health crisis and social unrest of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic changed everything about how we move in the world in a matter of weeks. Then, the world shifted again after the murder of George Floyd and the wave of social justice protests that followed.
Because this year has been so extraordinary, AFP Tampa Bay is proud to introduce Tampa Bay Philanthropy Week, an interactive digital celebration to tell the incredible stories of our community came together during this unusual time held November 9th thru November 13th.
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. Instead of traditional awards, five stories will be selected to be part of a video series produced by WEDU PBS and one will be featured each day of Tampa Bay Philanthropy Week. And additional five stories will be selected for to be featured on the Tampa Bay Philanthropy Week podcast. We encourage you to explore the website and our social media feeds to experience even more multimedia highlighting our extraordinary community.
Stay tuned for more information about a special virtual keynote speaker provided by AFP Global on National Philanthropy Day – Thursday, November 12th.
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.