Metro Atlanta Community to Celebrate National Philanthropy Day

Staff Report

Monday, October 19th, 2020

The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will honor dedicated philanthropists at its 38th annual celebration of National Philanthropy Day, on October 29, 2020. This year’s celebration, “Leading through Giving: Strength in Unity” will honor members of the business, not-for-profit, philanthropic, and volunteer communities. The award-winning Atlanta production company, Living Stories, and the interactive live events platform will provide attendees opportunities to network one-on-one, watch keynote presentations, and engage with event sponsors. AFP looks forward to honoring Metro Atlanta’s philanthropic leaders and celebrating community successes during this year of unprecedented challenges.

In addition to recognizing Kim Gresh as Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, the following awardees will receive honors:

The Spirit of Collaboration Award goes to the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the United Way of Greater Atlanta for their collaborative work to launch the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, raising over $25 million and supporting more than 320 nonprofits during COVID-19.

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta will be honored with the Best Pivot of 2020 Award for its quick adaptation to provide childcare to parents working on the front lines of the health crisis.

The Stellar Professional Award will be awarded to Mary-Kate Starkel, CFRE and the Director of Development at redefinED Atlanta, for her work in helping families of Atlanta Public Schools students during COVID-19. Starkel is also a mentor in the AFP’s Diversity Fellows Program and a member of Cedar Park Friends, Camp Horizon, and the School Leadership Team at Glenwood Elementary.

Kiana Lawrence, Major Gifts and Planned Giving Manager at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, will be recognized with the Young Professional Award for her leadership in relationship building as well as pivoting Girl Scouts’ signature “Camp CEO” mentoring program and “Power Our Promise” fundraising event into virtual formats.

Teen Volunteer of the Year Awards go to three highly accomplished young community advocates, Siya Kalra of The Westminster Schools; Mary Grace Morrison, a recent graduate of The Westminster Schools; and Grey Cohen of Druid Hills High School, for their passion, volunteerism, and advocacy in our community. 

Sponsorship and ticketing have been adapted to accommodate the virtual platform. More details are available on the AFP Greater Atlanta website at Sponsorship opportunities are available through October 15, 2020 for recognition at the event. For additional information, please email Jenna Brown, or call 877-845-0704.