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Reflecting on philanthropy in our community

On Nov. 17, philanthropists, philanthropic corporations and fundraising professionals will gather at The Howard in Oshkosh for National Philanthropy Day (which is celebrated nationally on Nov. 15). This day serves as an opportunity to celebrate philanthropy and the impact that comes from the giving of time, talent and treasure — all happening right here in our own backyard.

Last year’s Philanthropy Day ceremony

The day recognizes the incredible philanthropic work that is making a difference in our community. The event also includes awards that recognize outstanding volunteers and philanthropists in Northwest Wisconsin.

Your Community Foundation is a presenting sponsor, along with Greater Green Bay Community FoundationOshkosh Area Community Foundation and U.S. Venture.

Here are the 2022 Philanthropy Day Awardees:

Community First Credit Union – Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Award
Nominator: Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
Presented to a corporation or its corporate foundation that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

Cindy Berton – Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award
Nominators: Sanimax and Green Bay Botanical Garden
Presented to an individual fundraising professional who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner. The recipient must have at least five years of professional fundraising experience, evidence of quality of leadership and being a team player, a commitment to continuing professional development, and commitment to fundraising and philanthropy through volunteer service and financial support of non-profit organizations.

Bruce & Carol Bell – Outstanding Lifetime Philanthropy Award
Nominators: The Bellin Health Foundation and Green Bay Botanical Garden
Presented to an individual or family, either in honor or memory, who are recognized widely as community philanthropists and have a long and proven record of making a significant impact in their community through financial support and volunteerism/leadership for a variety of organizations.

Kathi Seifert, past Community Foundation Board member

Kathi Seifert – Outstanding Philanthropist Award
Nominator: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Presented to an individual or family who have demonstrated exceptional generosity through direct financial support, outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles on a local, national and/or international level.

Don Schumann- Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award
Nominator: Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin and Appleton Downtown, Inc.
Presented to an individual or couple who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skill in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects and is recognized for sharing their time and talents with area nonprofit organizations.

Federrico Auricchio – Youth in Philanthropy Award
Nominator: House of Hope Green Bay Inc.
Presented to an individual or group of young people (college students or younger) who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, charitable programs, volunteerism and/or leadership in philanthropy.

The local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals brings this opportunity each year to celebrate philanthropy and those who make an impact in our community. Thank you to our National Philanthropy Day committee members, without whom this day would not be possible.

Philanthropy touches every part of our community and there are hundreds of individuals, groups and organizations mobilizing every day to help change the world with a giving heart. On National Philanthropy Day, we take the time to reflect on the ripples we have collectively set into motion, sending waves of change throughout our community.

Megan Spranger

A heartwarming portion of our National Philanthropy Day programming recognizes our award recipients. We know our community is full of these special people with the passion to make change with their time, talent and treasure. Read about this year’s award winners here to celebrate them with us.

Philanthropy truly makes the world a better place. Thank you to you — all of you — in our community, changing our world with your giving hearts.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals inspires global change and advances philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs.


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