45th Annual Philanthropy Awards

For 45 years, AFP Chicago has honored the committed, passionate individuals and corporations who work on behalf of the nonprofit organizations that AFP Chicago serves. Our annual awards program recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals, foundations and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers, and fundraising executives who demonstrate high ethical standards and exemplify the philanthropic spirit of our great city.

The nominations for the 45th Annual Philanthropy Awards are now open!

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44th Annual Faces of Philanthropy Awards
Held December 4, 2020

Thank you to all our members and others who joined us for our virtual 44th Annual Faces of Philanthropy Awards program to celebrate our tremendous honorees' giving spirit and achievements. 

The event is now available for viewing.  

Click Here to View 2020 Awards Program


Special thanks to our Annual Awards sponsors, whose generosity allowed us to offer this event free of charge to all. 


Congratulations to our 2020 honorees!

Distinguished Philanthropist Award Helen Zell
Honored for their personal commitment to a variety of philanthropic causes, for a minimum of ten years.

Executive Leader Award ~ Adela Cepeda, BMO Harris Bank
Presented to an outstanding business leader in the Chicago philanthropic community.

Professional Grantor Award ~ Evette M. Cardona, Polk Bros. Foundation
Awarded to a corporate or foundation giving officer for his/her professionalism and support to the nonprofit community.

Benjamin Franklin Award ~ Sherre Jennings Cullen, CFRE, Urban Gateways
Presented to a fundraising professional for significant achievements in a long career who serves as a role model for our profession.

Outstanding Community Leader Award ~ Ricardo Estrada, Metropolitan Family Services
Presented to an individual for extraordinary leadership or advocacy resulting in significant change for our community.

Emerging Philanthropist Award ~ Chanel Coney
Honored for their personal commitment to a variety of philanthropic causes for ten years or less.

Outstanding Volunteer Award ~ Claudia Winkler, Field Museum
Presented for demonstrated exemplary volunteerism through the dedication of significant personal time, talents, and resources.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award ~ Felix Castillo 
Presented to a youth leader or leaders, or a youth-generated project and its team, having demonstrated a significant impact on the Chicago community.