National Philanthropy Day

Minnesota has seen extraordinary pain and hardship in 2020. Minnesotans have responded with generosity that is equally extraordinary!

Please join the Association of Fundraising Professionals--Minnesota Chapter for a celebration of this generosity.

Thursday, November 12 at noon | Virtual Format

You are invited to gather with fellow fundraisers, donors, community leaders, elected officials, and everyone who has played a role in meeting the needs of our neighbors this year. Together, we will honor the stories of people and organizations across Minnesota whose generosity and service have a remarkable impact on their community---stories that may not have made headlines, but made a difference all the same!

2020 National Philanthropy Day Award Honorees

Ain Dah Yung Center
Providing a culturally-responsive "good new home" for Native youth

Headwaters Foundation for Justice
Amplifying the power of community to advance equity and justice

Bill and Susan Sands
Invested leaders with a dedicated approach to advancing charitable impact

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Trailblazers empowering and promoting healthy, sustainable Native communities

Bo Thao-Urabe
Power builder, community connector, generous giver

Minnesota Central Kitchen
Nourishing communities through collaboration

2020 National Philanthropy Day Award Finalists

Ecolab Foundation
Episcopal Church in Minnesota
Emma Hausman
Shawntan Howell
People’s Center Clinics & Services
Springboard for the Arts
John Sullivan

Kishshana Palmer
Keynote Speaker

AFP-MN is thrilled to welcome Kishshana Palmer, CFRE to the (virtual) podium for our National Philanthropy Day celebration on November 12. Kishshana is a national speaker, trainer, and coach with a 17-year background in fundraising, marketing, and talent management. Her charismatic and candid delivery makes her a supernova on any stage.

Host of the recent AFP ICON Summer Sessions, Kishshana is also founder of The Rooted Collaborative, a global online community for Women of Color in Fundraising. She's the author of Hey, I'm New Here, host of the podcast A Shot of Vitamin K, an adjunct professor at Baruch College, a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT), and an AFP Master Trainer. When an organization wants to grow, find and retain people on their team, raise money, and more, she is the philanthropic fairy godmother they have on speed dial. Kishshana is a NYC girl and mother of one wonderful teenage daughter.

In addition to delivering a keynote address during NPD, Kishshana will lead a special solidarity session from 10:30-11:30am for those who identify as members of the Black, Indigenous and people of color community who are growing organizations, getting support, and doing good work. Register for this session as an ad on during the checkout process for National Philanthropy Day 2020.

Questions about the event?

Please contact the AFP Minnesota Chapter office at or 952-444-6361
View previous National Philanthropy Day Award Winners