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Utah Philanthropy Day Nominations Open!

01 June 2023

Every year, Utah Philanthropy Day celebrates those in our community who embody the spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism.

Join us in recognizing Utah's leading philanthropists, public servants, humanitarians, and volunteers!


UPD nominations

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Nominations are open now through June 1, 2023.
Heart & Hands Award nominations are open through September 1st, 2023.


Save the Date for 2023 Utah Philanthropy Day

Wednesday, November 15th
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek

We look forward to celebrating with you this November in Salt Lake City!

Congratulations to the 2023 Fundraising Award Recipients

22 May 2023

Award winners FD23

Biannually, the AFP Utah Chapter recognizes four fundraising professionals at the Fundraising Day Conference for the Patti N. Choate Award and the Outstanding Development Professional Award. The Patti N. Choate Award recognizes the lifetime achievement in the fundraising profession and is granted to the individual based on success and longevity in fundraising and service to AFP Utah and the community. 

The recipient for the Patti N. Choate Lifetime Achievement Award for Fundraising Day 2023 is:

  • Andrea Barnes. 

The Outstanding Development Professional Award is given to three development professionals who have exhibited exceptional skill and effectiveness in their roles as fundraising professionals. 

The recipients for the Outstanding Development Professional Awards for Fundraising Day 2023 are:

  1. Dhiraj Chand, Chief Philanthropy Officer for Principal Gifts at the University of Utah
  2. Laura Leach, Director of Individual & Corporate Giving at Wasatch Community Gardens
  3. Linda Stay, Development Director at Switchpoint Community Resource Center

We look forward to celebrating and honoring our award recipients in-person at the 2023 Fundraising Day Conference. Thank you to all who submitted nominations for this year's awards! 

Apply for a Scholarship

05 December 2022

AFP Utah Chapter Scholarships

Each fall, the AFP Utah Chapter accepts applications for individual scholarships to be offered for the next calendar year. Below are the scholarships available for the 2023 calendar year. Please read the requirements listed here. (Scholarships are not awarded for consecutive years.)

For 2023 scholarships, the application period closed on December 12, 2022. Please check back in fall 2023 for new scholarship options. 

For more information, visit the Scholarships page. 

Heart & Hands Award

12 October 2022

UPD LogoNominate for a Heart & Hands Award

We are accepting nominations for the Heart & Hands Award through October 21st, 2022 while tickets last.

During Utah Philanthropy Day, we are honored to provide organizations the opportunity to highlight and honor one or more volunteers with a Heart & Hands Award. This award acknowledges those people who make significant contributions to an organization's mission through their volunteer or philanthropic service.

This award category is for all nonprofits to present their star volunteers. All submissions will be honored with this award following a committee review to ensure alignment with Utah Philanthropy Day's mission. Those honored with this award will receive a certificate, a pin, and will be recognized during the event. 

Nominating organizations are responsible for the purchasing of tickets for their Heart & Hands Award recipients. Individual nonprofit tickets are $60, or your organization can receive 8 tickets as a Nonprofit Group Sponsor for $450. If the cost of purchasing tickets is prohibitive to your organization, please contact  to inquire about Heart & Hands Award scholarships.

Click here to nominate a volunteer!


Premio al corazón y las manos

Durante el Día de la filantropía de Utah, nos honra dar a las organizaciones la oportunidad de destacar y honrar a uno o más voluntarios con un Premio al corazón y las manos. Con este premio se reconoce a las personas que hacen contribuciones significativas a la misión de una organización a través de su servicio voluntario o filantrópico.

Esta categoría de premio es para que todas las organizaciones sin fines de lucro presenten a su voluntario estrella. Todas las presentaciones recibirán este premio después de una revisión del comité para garantizar que se alineen con la misión del Día de la filantropía de Utah. Quienes sean honrados con este premio recibirán un certificado, un prendedor y serán reconocidos durante el evento.

Las organizaciones que nominen son responsables de comprar las entradas para sus ganadores del Premio al corazón y las manos. Las entradas individuales para organizaciones sin fines de lucro cuestan $60 o su organización puede recibir ocho entradas como una Patrocinadora de un grupo de una organización sin fines de lucro por $450. Si el costo de las entradas es inasequible para su organización, comuníquese a la dirección  para consultar por las becas del Premio al corazón y las manos.


Deadline extended! Please submit nominations for the Heart & Hands Award by October 21st, 2022.

Questions? Contact .

Meet the 2022 Utah Philanthropy Day Honorees

10 October 2022

2022 Honorees

Join us in celebrating this year's honorees! The 2022 Utah Philanthropy Day celebration will be held on November 15th from 9am - 11:30am at the Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy.

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GarffsRobert H. and Kathi B. Garff

Philanthropic Leadership Award
Nominated by the University of Utah

Kahlert 2022The Kahlert Foundation

Foundation Spirit of Giving Award
Nominated by the Intermountain Foundation and the University of Utah

Campoen CompaniesCampbell Companies

Corporate Spirit of Giving Award
Nominated by CHOICE Humanitarian

Peace HouseLaura "Pepe" Grimaldo

Governor's Career Humanitarian
Leadership Award Nominated by Peace House

Dale TingeyDale Tingey

Governor's Career Humanitarian
Leadership Award Nominated by American Indian Services

Mayor JeffMayor Jeff Silvestrini Lt.

Governor's Public Service Award
Nominated by Millcreek Municipal Government

Andelin MbakiAndelin Mbaki

Outstanding Young Volunteer Award
Nominated by Miss Iron County

Katie BKatie Bunnell

Outstanding Volunteer Award
Nominated by the Live Your Dream Foundation board and scholarship recipients

Period ProjectKristin Andrus & Emily Bell
McCormick: The Period Project

Labor & Honor Award
Nominated by the Labor & Honor Foundation

Congratulations to the Fundraisers Changing the World Award Recipients!

13 January 2022

Fundraisers Changing the World graphic

As 2021 comes to an end, join us in recognizing these leaders who are a true force for good in our community and exemplify the ideals of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.






Hannah has proven to be a creative and innovative fundraiser. Recently she presented on using livestreaming to drive engagement during One Westminster Giving Day. Hannah is truly passionate about her organization, as she won a gingerbread contest baking a rendition of Westminster College’s historic Converse Hall. 

@westminsterslc (Facebook/Instagram)

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 Janzell embodies the AFP values of integrity, honesty, and inclusivity. Janzell has taken an active role not only with AFP Utah as our new IDEA Chair, but also at the U of U to help bring inclusion, diversity, equity, and access into our profession and the organizations we serve. 

@ uofudentistry (Facebook/Instagram)

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Katie makes coordinating the fundraising efforts of 140 fundraisers look easy. Her work ensures the donor stays centered in all fundraising efforts. She is inspirational in her service. She served as treasurer of American Prospect Research Association of Utah, has been a member of USFR and AFP Utah, and has served as a volunteer advisory board member for Child Care Services at the University of Utah. 

@universityofutah (Facebook/Instagram)

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Maria is an advocate for rural places, and she channels her passion into lifting up community members in Green River, Utah. Maria leads Epicenter, a vibrant hub for rural investment and cultural exploration of the rural west. Maria includes community members in the planning process for Epicenter events and programs.  She is a shining example of amazing work being done in a rural community. She is inspirational to other fundraisers in small communities. 

@greenriverepicenter (Facebook)

@ruralandproud (Twitter)

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Ryan demonstrates a great deal of integrity in his work by fulling his commitments to donors, the AFP Board, and our AFP members. He looks for ways to highlight and promote volunteerism through nominating individuals for Utah Philanthropy Day awards and encourages others to get involved with AFP Utah or other nonprofit organizations.

@utaholympicpark (facebook/Instagram) 

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Jessie took the lead in making a tough decision about hosting an in-person event. She asked the opinions of donors, sponsors, and guests and ultimately concluded that it was best to be virtual. She stayed true to her code of ethics, and raised more money for the Utah Parent Center. Jessie sees people’s talents and encourages them to share those gifts through volunteer service and philanthropy. 

Instagram: @utahparentcenter

Facebook: Utah Parent Center

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Becky inspires everyone around her with her passion, commitment, and humor. She makes fundraising enjoyable while keeping the mission at the forefront. During the pandemic, she kept her students at Guadalupe School fed for two meals a day, which were sometimes the only meals the students received. Becky has committed her life to fundraising for non-profit organizations throughout Utah.

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Ja’Naye leads the KUER's development department, inspiring individual donors at every level to support public radio. Her passion, knowledge, and commitment to education are evident in every interaction.  Ja’Nayne is known for bringing community and corporate organizations together as one force for education and information. Throughout her 15-year career, Ja’Naye has inspired others with her passion and commitment, she has also mentored many young professionals entering the nonprofit sector.

@kuer901          @kuer90.1          @kuer_fm

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Safia is truly a force for good, in addition to working to expand opportunities for future teachers she also supports several other non-profit organizations. She chairs the Women's Giving Circle Fund through the Community Foundation of Utah, she raises funds for the MS Society of Utah, and she advocates for the Children's Center, which is an organization near and dear to her heart. Safia embodies the AFP IDEA values, by often asking, "who's not here? who's not being served? who's not at the table?"