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Apply for a 2023 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 will close on Monday, December 12th.

To apply, 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

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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.

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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?"


Our 2020 Annual Report is Here!

21 August 2021

The AFP Utah Chapter Board is happy to share our 2020 Annual Report with the world!  Click HERE or on the image below to check out all that we were able to accomplish last year, thanks to our amazing members and supporters.

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We are thrilled to announce the 2021 Fundraising Day award recipients!

12 April 2021

AFP Utah is honored to recognize these outstanding development professionals. Please read on to learn more about this year's award recipients.  


Patti N. Choate Lifetime Achievement Award winner

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Carolyn started her career as a public relations account manager at a local advertising agency. She quickly realized her passion for the non-profit sector spending the past 30 years in this field. Carolyn has worked as a development director at a variety of non-profits including Camp Kostopoulos, Ballet West and Fund Raising Counsel Inc. The past nearly 18 years have been at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business.

 Carolyn has been intimately involved in five major capital campaign building projects, as well as fundraising for various programs, initiatives, centers and institutes. She considers herself a “matchmaker” bringing together institutional needs and givers to the betterment of organizations and the individuals they serve.

 A people-person at heart, Carolyn relishes the opportunity she has had to meet extraordinary people throughout the country who wish to pay it forward to others.

 Carolyn actively volunteers in her community currently serving on the board of Larry H. Miller Charities. After being diagnosed with systemic scleroderma in 2015, she has become active in this rare disease community as co-leader of Utah’s Scleroderma Support Group and as a scleroderma mentor presenting to patients, caregivers and medical professionals nationwide. Her disease has given her personal insight into the often unseen daily struggles of those living with chronic illness and other challenges.

 Carolyn is married to Robert (Bob) Buma and has three children, two grandsons, and another grandchild on the way. While her career and volunteer roles have given her fulfillment and purpose, her greatest joy has been her family.  Carolyn’s most cherished gift has been watching her children become caring, empathetic adults who make the world around them a better place.


Carolyn Buma

Executive Director of Development

David Eccles School of BusinessUniversity of Utah



Outstanding Development Officer Award winners

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Melissa Mathews is the Chapter President for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Idaho, Nevada, Utah Chapter and has been with the Society for nearly six years.  Melissa is passionate about raising money, creating awareness and engaging donors, volunteers and the community in the MS movement.  She has served in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years fundraising in Utah, Illinois and Georgia, and worked with the Girl Scout organization, Utah Symphony|Utah Opera and Intermountain Healthcare.  She served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals board from 2012-2019, two of those years as Board Chair.  During her tenure as Board Chair, she worked with the board on transitioning from Utah Society of Fundraisers and creating the Association of Fundraising Professionals Utah Chapter.  In addition to AFP, Melissa has served as Vice-Chair and member of the Salt Lake Chamber Business Women’s Forum and Athena Awards Committee and an alumni of Leadership Utah with the Salt Lake Chamber.  

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications in 1998 from Weber State University, started her nonprofit work as a grant writer and never looked back.  Melissa currently resides in Salt Lake City with her husband, three children and two pets.  When she isn’t working she is managing chaos, cooking, waiting for the Chicago Bears to win a game, reading, hiking, Pilates/yoga or watching some mindless television to escape the chaos.      


Melissa Mathews

Chapter President

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Idaho, Nevada, Utah Chapter



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Jessica Nelson is the Director of Planned Giving at the University of Utah and has been in U’s Planned Giving Office for almost 8 years.  Prior to joining the University, Jessica practiced law for two years as a general practitioner; particularly enjoying the areas of civil litigation, criminal law, and estate planning.  Jessica’s passion and interest in working in the public sector began in college at Weber State University and developed further while attending Appalachian School of Law in Virginia.  

Jessica is actively involved in the development community in and around Salt Lake City.  She is a member of the Utah State Bar and regularly participates in the Probate and Estate Planning section.  Additionally, she is a member of the Salt Lake Estate Planning Council and a member of the Utah Planned Giving Roundtable and has been serving on its board since 2016.  Jessica is also a veteran of the United States Air Force Reserve, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 2009.  Jessica enjoys travelling (when we’re not in a pandemic) with her husband.  She also has two dogs, Lulubelle Priscilla and Willie Nelson, and loves all things Disney! 


Jessica Nelson

Director of Planned Giving

University of Utah 



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Scott Olson has worked in various Advancement roles at Utah State University for 26 years. Although many of those years were spent in the field of alumni relations, he made the switch to fundraising 3 years ago. This change to fundraising came easy because of his experience working with Aggie alumni worldwide. He is now the Senior Director for Principal Giving, Presidential Engagement, and Campaign Organizer at USU. He is a graduate of Utah State University and is proud to work for his alma mater.

Scott serves on the planning committee for CASE Utah, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is currently working on his CFRE certification. He volunteers in many ways outside of work, including serving as Chair of the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau board. When not working, he enjoys spending time with family and planning his next dream vacation.


Scott Olson

Senior Director for Principal Giving,

Presidential Engagement, and Campaign Organizer

Utah State University