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.

Congratulations to our 2021 honorees!

45th Annual Philanthropy Awards Honorees


Distinguished Philanthropist Award ~ Denise & Gary Gardner
Honored for their personal commitment to a variety of philanthropic causes, for a minimum of ten years.  View Honoree Spotlight

Executive Leader Award ~ Scott C. Swanson
Presented to an outstanding business leader in the Chicago philanthropic community. View Honoree Spotlight

Professional Grantor Award ~ Donald A. Cooke
Awarded to a corporate or foundation giving officer for his/her professionalism and support to the nonprofit community. View Honoree Spotlight

Benjamin Franklin Award ~ Maree G. Bullock
Presented to a fundraising professional for significant achievements in a long career who serves as a role model for our profession. View Honoree Spotlight

Outstanding Community Leader Award ~ Dr. Omar Lateef
Presented to an individual for extraordinary leadership or advocacy resulting in significant change for our community. View Honoree Spotlight

Emerging Philanthropist Award ~ David J. Koo
Honored for their personal commitment to a variety of philanthropic causes for ten years or less. View Honoree Spotlight

Outstanding Volunteer Award ~ Robert Rizzo
Presented for demonstrated exemplary volunteerism through the dedication of significant personal time, talents, and resources. View Honoree Spotlight

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award ~
Ravi & Rohan Mahajan
Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, Future Philanthropists Program

Presented to a youth leader or leaders, or a youth-generated project and its team, having demonstrated a significant impact on the Chicago community. 
View Honoree Spotlight - Ravi & Rohan Mahajan
View Honoree Spotlight - Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation FPP

Special Award ~
Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund – Chicago Community Trust and United Way Metro Chicago

Honored for its extraordinary efforts to rapidly deploy resources to local nonprofit organizations serving the most vulnerable residents in the Chicago region as a result of the public health, social and economic consequences of COVID-19. View Honoree Spotlight

45th Annual Philanthropy Awards
Held November 5, 2021

Thank you to all our members and others who joined us for our virtual 45th Annual Philanthropy Awards program to celebrate our tremendous honorees' giving spirit and achievements. 

The event is now available for viewing.

View the 2021 Awards Program
View the 2021Honorees

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

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

Click Here to View 2020 Awards Program