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Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter Announces 2021 Honorees for National Philanthropy Day in the Desert

15TH ANNUAL “CHANGE THE WORLD WITH A GIVING HEART”
NPD VIRTUAL AWARDS CELEBRATION ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2021

The Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter, has announced virtually on June 18, 2021 the six distinguished Honorees selected for its 15th Annual National Philanthropy Day® in the Desert Awards. DAP Health is the Event Sponsor of the June 18th Honoree announcement.
The annual, highly-anticipated NPD 2021 Awards Celebration will take place on Friday, November 5, 2021 virtually, being livestreamed by Event TV Media Sponsor KESQ TV. Sponsors thus far include the H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation, Edeltraud M. McCarthy, Loma Linda University Children’s Health – INDIO, College of the Desert and The Alotto and Smith Charitable Fund.

“Even a pandemic cannot diminish the enormous spirit of philanthropy within the Coachella Valley,” stated Brian Daly, President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter. “2021 Is an exceptional year with countless acts of remarkable philanthropy in response to the global pandemic. We know this is a somber and difficult time for many communities across our country, bringing unprecedented change not only to the nonprofit sector, but to society as a whole. But we also know the power of philanthropy and community. This year’s extraordinary Honorees shine a light on the kindness and generosity we witness every day in our community,” Daly continued.

Founded in 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals and organizations which generates philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions, advancing philanthropy forward through its 31,556 members in 244 chapters throughout the world. AFP works to foster philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and professional certification programs, while promoting high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. The AFP CA., Desert Communities Chapter currently boasts a membership of 86 fundraising professionals within the Coachella Valley.

Celebrating its 61-year milestone, National Philanthropy Day® is a special day set aside for the purpose of recognizing the great contribution philanthropy makes to our society. Here in the Coachella Valley, it is a day when we pay tribute to our own – the exemplary local philanthropists, businesses, and organizations who give so generously of their time, talents, skills, and financial support, in order to make our community a much better place for us all. The Desert Communities Chapter of AFP believes that philanthropy benefits not only our own communities, but enriches and empowers the global community. National Philanthropy Day® offers an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of charitable giving and the spirit that makes such generosity possible.

“Philanthropy is defined as “love of humanity,” which is our theme for NPD 2021, stated Josh N. Zahid, National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert Chair. “Today’s Honorees reflect the generosity of heart not only for financial support, but also with their actions, their time, and their passionate commitment to causes that improve the lives of so many people here in the Valley. Every year I am inspired by the love of humanity demonstrated by our Honorees,” he continued.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals is delighted to announce this year’s distinguished Honorees:
OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIST – LINDA RIDER

OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEER – DAWN E. RASHID

OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIC FOUNDATION, CORPORATION OR/CIVIC
SERVICE ORGANIZATION – AGAPE SALON AND SPA

OUTSTANDING NONPROFIT FOUNDER – ARMANDO EHRENZWEIG, FOUNDER
OF GET IN MOTION ENTREPRENEURS

OUTSTANDING YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY – SOLANGE SIGNORET

OUTSTANDING FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONAL – GAILYA BROWN

“This year, the Blue Ribbon Committee had many accomplished philanthropic candidates to choose from,” stated Kelly Levy, Blue Ribbon Award Selection Committee Chair. “It is terrific to see the outstanding volunteer efforts that are being done throughout the Coachella Valley. The Blue Ribbon Committee for 2021 National Philanthropy Day® In The Desert included Betty Callies, Walter Clark, Jill Golden, Gary Hall, Leo Milmet, and Jan Pye.

Chaired by Heidi Maldoon, the 2021 NPD Awards Committee included AFP members Angela Allen, Kristin Bloomer, Mitch Blumberg, Terri Bona, Brian Daly, Armando Ehrenzweig, Jack Lorenz, Patrick Sheehan, and Josh Zahid. Chaired by Liz Chambers, the Gold Ribbon Committee included Sarah Clapp, Terri Bona, Louise C. Cummings, Tim Evans, Jan Hawkins, Paula Kennedy, Colleen McBride, Colette Murray, Judi Olivas, and Scott Schroeder.
Exclusive Media Sponsors for this year include:
PALM SPRINGS LIFE, Presenting Magazine & Virtual Media Sponsor
THE DESERT SUN and LOCALiQ, Presenting Newspaper & Digital Media Sponsor
KESQ NEWS CHANNEL 3, Exclusive TV Media Sponsor
ALPHA MEDIA – PALM SPRINGS, Exclusive Radio Media Sponsor

Sponsorships and Advertising opportunities are available for the 15th Annual National Philanthropy Day® in the Desert Awards Celebration on November 5, 2021.

For more information on sponsorships, please contact NPD Sponsorship Chair Kristin Bloomer at 617-429-0607 or at kristin@psfilmfest.org. For registration and event information please visit www.afpcadesert.org or contact NPD Event Chair Josh Zahid at 909-226-1085 or at jnzahid@llu.edu.

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