Association of Fundraising Professionals
Central South Carolina Chapter

Each year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Central Carolina Chapter joins with national and international colleagues to celebrate National Philanthropy Day, a celebration of exceptional individuals and organizations that have dedicated themselves to philanthropy. Celebrate philanthropy in the Midlands of South Carolina by nominating an individual or organization to be honored at our National Philanthropy Day.

Please click the links to the left to learn more about sponsorship and award nominations.

Thank you to everyone who supported this year's event!

NEW! Cast your vote for our Philanthropic Moment of the Year award. This People's Choice award celebrates a philanthropic moment of the year. From shattering attendance at a fundraiser, to raising a record number in donations, to launching a new campaign, we want to celebrate the hard work being done in our community. Our nominees have been narrowed down and now it's up to you to select the winner. 

Congratulations to our 2019 People's Choice winner, Walk a Mile! 

Walk a Mile (STSM)

In April of 2019, STSM was gearing up to host its biggest and best fundraising event ever - the 10th annual Walk A Mile In Their Shoes. It's an event that thousands around the Midlands know and love, and it offers the community a wonderful way to come together and raise money for STSM's mission - to support survivors of sexual assault and abuse, and to provide prevention education in the community. Sadly, the event had to be canceled this year due to threatening and violent phone calls STSM received leading up to the event. Without hesitation, the community rallied around STSM and survviors, and instead of being pushed down by the terrible phone calls and cancellation, they held mini-walks of their own all around the Midlands to show their support. Moreover, these individuals and groups raised an astounding total of over $90,000 to support survivors and further STSM's mission - which is more than probably would ahve been raised otherwise. It was an amazing show of compassion, support, and advocacy, and we could not be more proud.

2019 National Philanthropy Day Award Winners

Judi Gaston- Outstanding Marketing Professional in Support of Philanthropy

nominated by America Heart Association

AgFirst Farm Credit Bank - Outstanding Corporation

nominated by United Way of the Midlands

Mary Dell Hayes - Outstanding Fundraising Executive,

nominated by Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

Margaret Deans Grantz - Outstanding Rising Star

nominated by Camp Cole

Palladium - Outstanding Volunteer Group Fundraiser

nominated by Historic Columbia

Dr. Todd Crump - Outstanding Volunteer Individual Fundraiser

nominated by Lexington Medical Center Foundation

JT Gandolfo - Outstanding Philanthropist

nominated by The Salvation Army of the Midlands 

2019 Charlotte Lunsford Berry Spirit of Philanthropy Scholarship Recipients

Mary Dell Hayes

Margaret Deans Grantz

Categories & Criteria

  • Outstanding Corporation
  • Outstanding Rising Star
  • Outstanding Volunteer Individual or Group Fundraiser
  • Outstanding Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Fundraising Executive
  • Outstanding Marketing Professional in Support of Philanthropy
  • People's Choice - Philanthropic Moment of the Year (NEW category!)
Click here to view awards criteria
Click here to view a list of past winners

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Columbia, SC 29202
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