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Philanthropy Awards Nominations

In conjunction with National Philanthropy Day, the South Dakota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals sponsors an annual award program to recognize outstanding philanthropy by individuals, businesses, and communities.

This year's 2017 Governor’s Awards for Philanthropy will be given at South Dakota’s National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon in Mitchell, as part of our chapter’s annual conference on philanthropy.   Please complete the nomination submission online using the NPD Online Nomination Form. A list of previous award recipients is available here.

Winners will be announced by the end of August.  Only members of SDAFP are allowed to submit nominations.  Nominations are accepted each year in the following categories:

Outstanding Philanthropist Award:

This award honors an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and whose generosity encourages others to be philanthropic.  Nominations will be considered based on responses to the following criteria:

  • Description of participation in and leadership gift support of nonprofit organizations in South Dakota. (0-50 points)
  • Demonstrated leadership role in encouraging and motivating others to give. (0-30 points)
  • Description of strategic, planned approach to giving support to community efforts that reflect personal values. (0-20 points)

Outstanding Philanthropic Community Award:

This award recognizes a South Dakota community that has successfully achieved a community improvement by encouraging the entire community to work together to raise the necessary funds.  Nominations will be considered based on responses to the following criteria:

  • Evidence of significant and wide-spread philanthropic support of community members through financial, in-kind and volunteer support. (0-45 points)
  • Description of the impact the support and achievements accomplished through the groups philanthropic efforts. (0-35 points)
  • Evidence of encouragement and motivation given to community members to actively participate in philanthropy and community involvement. (0-20 points)

Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Award:

This award honors a business, corporation or foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement. Through its consistent philanthropic efforts, the quality of life in South Dakota communities has been substantially improved.  Nominations will be considered based on the responses to the following criteria:

  • Evidence of philanthropic support of innovative approaches to solving problems in South Dakota. (0-45 points)
  • Description of impact of gift support and achievements accomplished through the business, corporation or foundation’s efforts. (0-40 points)
  • Evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement. (0-15 points)

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award:

This award honors an individual that demonstrates outstanding skills in coordinating and motivating groups of donors and volunteers for fundraising projects for the benefit of charitable institutions. Nominations will be considered based on the responses to the following criteria:

  • Evidence of quality of leadership and organizational ability in fundraising campaigns in South Dakota. (0-25 points)
  • Description of time, effort and personal financial commitment. (0-25 points)
  • Description of fundraising goals achieved by his/her effort. (0-15 points)
  • Evidence of success in recruiting and motivating others. (0-20 points)
  • Description of participation in various South Dakota non-profit organizations. (0-15 points)

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award:

This award recognizes serve by an individual, age 10-23, who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, community projects, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy in South Dakota.  Nominations will be considered based on the responses to the following criteria:

  • Description in detail of what the nominee did, including goals, process, budget (if relevant) and other people involved in the process (adult leaders or adviser, etc.), and of the time, talent and/or treasure the youth gave for the common good and the results that were achieved. (0-45 points)
  • Description of the impact the nominee had on the community, including numbers of people involved, financial impact, organizations helped, dollars raised etc. (0-30 points)
  • Long term (1-2 years) impact of the nominee’s work. Will the project(s) be ongoing and has the nominee con­sidered next steps or is working on other projects? (0-25 points)