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Philanthropy Day is a wonderful opportunity to honor our community’s spirit of giving and highlight the philanthropic spirit of the Great Smoky Mountain AFP chapter and those who work to make our missions a reality. Our Philanthropy Day is Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Knoxville Marriott. You will receive registration information soon, but at this time, we invite you to nominate for our chapter awards. Those awards are: Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist; Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; Outstanding Foundation; Outstanding Philanthropist; Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy; and Nonprofit Professional of the Year.  Nominations are due Friday, August 7, 2015, 5 PM. You can download a copy of the nomination form by clicking here.  To view past awardees click here.


This event is a no-planning on your part, high-end recognition opportunity for you to honor those who have made a difference with your organization. Consider nominating someone today!


Please note: Only AFP members are eligible to nominate, so if you have not joined AFP or renewed your membership in a while, now is the time to do so.  Membership information can be found by clicking here or by contacting membership chair Bill Evans at


For more information about Philanthropy Day or nominations, contact Angelia Jones

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