National Philanthropy Day Chair
Living through a global pandemic has been awful. The social injustices faced by BIPOC people in this country has been horrific. However, I love our Tampa Bay community and I know there are philanthropic leaders, fundraisers, and NPOs doing great things to improve the lives of all who live, work, and play here. That’s why I am excited to help tell your stories of philanthropy; love for humankind.
I am a nonprofit 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 and storytelling 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 faces through 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 15th thru November 19th.
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. 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.