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Nominations Open for 2023 Awards in Philanthropy

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

Get your nominations in before July 28

Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter is proud to present the chapter's annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon. The awards program recognizes outstanding achievements by individuals, foundation and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers, and professional fundraisers.

In professional fundraising, such individuals and organizations form a vital partnership with charities and the nonprofit sector to ensure the needs of all citizens are met. It is right and proper, therefore, that AFP NEPA Chapter honors those who hold high ethical standards and best exemplify commitment and dedication toward helping society. These awards are given in recognition to those individuals and organizations whose lifetime or long-term achievements have made a significant impact upon society.

Below, you'll find information on submitting an award, a description of the different award categories and some fine print on the selections process.

How to Submit an Award

1. Nominations for any award may be submitted by an individual AFP member, an AFP chapter, or an outside individual or organization.

2. All award nominations must be received by Friday, July 28, 2023. Email nominations to AFP NEPA Chapter Administrator Gene Axton at

3. Please include your name, phone number, and email address with your nomination.

Nominations must include a narrative that should be no more than two pages. The narrative should include who you are nominating and why, the significant accomplishments made related to the category, and what makes them stand out in the fundraising sector.

4. Please check the list of awardees at the end of this document to see if your nominee already received recognition in the category you plan to nominate them for.

Note: Supporting documents are accepted, but should only enhance the narrative and not be used instead of the narrative to answer the criteria. Please limit supporting documents to a maximum of eight pages.

Award Categories

Nominations will be accepted in the following award categories.

Outstanding Corporation Award

This award honors a corporation or a corporate foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community involvement.

Outstanding Foundation Award

This award honors a foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy and community, national and/or international involvement. Corporate foundations are, for the purpose of this award, considered under the Outstanding Corporation Award guidelines.

Outstanding Fundraising Professional (Must Be an AFP Member)

This award honors an outstanding fundraising professional who practices their profession in an exemplary manner while working directly for a nonprofit or charitable organization. They must spend a majority of their time on fundraising.

Outstanding Lifetime Achievement

This award recognizes service by an individual who demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, and leadership in philanthropy. Individuals who have passed away within two years of the nomination deadline are eligible to be nominated posthumously.

Outstanding Philanthropist Award

This award honors an individual or family with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles on a community, national and/or international level.

Outstanding Small Business Award

This award honors a small business (50 employees or less) that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award

This award honors an individual or family that demonstrates outstanding skills in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for fundraising projects for the benefit of charitable institutions. The recipient must have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in coordinating groups of volunteers for major fundraising projects for more than one nonprofit organization.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award

This award recognizes service by an individual or group of young people ages 5-to-23 demonstrating outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering, and leadership in philanthropy. Nominations for this category must be made by a non-relative of the nominee.

2023 Awards in Philanthropy Selection Process

Winners will be selected by a subcommittee of AFP NEPA Chapter board members, AFP members and past honorees. Because of the number of applications submitted, it's not possible to provide written evaluations of entries. If, in the judgment of the committee, no applications in a particular category meet the criteria, no award will be given in that category. All categories will be awarded having met AFP NEPA Chapter's selection criteria and historical high standards of achievement.

Other Awards: Any application may be considered for the chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award or for an alternate category if the Awards Committee feels it's relevant.

Presentation of Awards: Nominees should be willing to accept the award, if granted, at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on Friday, November 17, 2023. Award recipients will be notified of their selection by mid-August 2023. Individuals and organizations that have previously been honored with an Awards in Philanthropy award can't be nominated again in the same category for which they were already honored. They can be nominated in a different category if appropriate and if they meet the necessary criterion.

Individuals who have passed away within two years of the nomination deadline are eligible to be nominated posthumously.

Please direct any questions to AFP NEPA Chapter Administrator Gene Axton at




2021 Charles Barber

2019 Frank Bevevino

2018 McCarthy Family

2016 The Late Mary L. Scranton, Former First Lady of Pennsylvania

2013 Jean Robbins Hughes

2012 Mary Eagan McDonald

2011 Frank & Dorothea Henry

2009 Jane Oppenheim

2008 Helen Bernstein Miller

2006 H.W. “Skip” Wieder

2005 Dr. Wallace F. Stettler

2004 The Ross Family Foundation

2002 John J. Luciani, Sr.

2001 Gene Calibani

1999 Patti & Alan Graf

1998 Sue & Allan Kluger


2022 Charlotte L Casterline

2021 John Thalenfeld

2019 Mark DeStefano

2017 John Passan

2016 Morey and Sondra Myers

2015 Larry & Sally Cohen

2014 John & Tina Dowd

2013 Gus & Val Genetti

2012 Thomas & JoAnn Speicher

2011 Walter B. Barbe, Ph.D.

2010 Robert & Virginia Tambur

2009 Sue & Joe Hand & Family

2007 Marion G. Pollock

2006 Ann & David Hawk

2005 Patricia & John A.C. Atkins

2004 The Davidowitz Family

2003 Michael & Josephine Goskowski

2002 The Insalaco Family

2001 The Flack Family

2000 Robert & Shirley Fortinsky

1999 Richard A. Alley, M.D.

1995 Robert S. Anderson, M.D.

1994 The Lynett-Haggerty Families


2022 Mark and Diane Michalczyk

2021 Tracey Selingo

2019 Andrew Kettel

2018 Linda Keene

2017 William Bender

2016 Magdalen M. Benish

2015 Rose Marie Panzitta

2014 Leo Vergnetti

2013 Maura Phillips Staback & Michael Moran

2012 Gary H. Williams

2011 Mary Jule McCarthy

2010 Henry Belin, IV

2009 Letha Wells Reinheimer

2008 Clayton & Theresa Karambelas

2007 Peter & Mary Carol Kanton

2006 Mary Ellen Coleman

2005 Joseph A. Frank

2004 Peter J. Danchak

2003 Eleanore Ginader

2002 Susan S. Belin

2001 Gail E. Rees

2000 Ann Moskovitz

1999 Robert K. Felter

1998 Christopher L. DiMattio

1997 Frank & Dorothea Henry

1996 David & Joyce Tressler

1995 Harold Rosenn, Esq.

1994 Dr. Wallace F. Stettler

1993 Eugene Roth, Esq.

1992 Larry D. Stetler


2021Matthew McDonnell

2018 Students Today Alumni Forever Misericordia University

2017 Michael Hales Jr.

2016 OurDash

2015 John Michael Gigliotti

2014 The Luzerne Foundation (Youth Advisory Committee)

2011 Richard Kraus

2010 Lalitha Durlin


2018 DeLuca Frigoletto Advertising

2017 DePietro’s Pharmacy


2022 Robert H. Spitz Foundation

2021 Moses Taylor Foundation

2019 AllOne Foundation & Charities

2018 Jude Zayac Foundation

2017 Wells Fargo Foundation

2015 Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains

2014 UNICO Foundation – Scranton

2013 Jack & Jean Sweeney Foundation

2012 M & T Bank Foundation

2011 Paul J. Wasserott Foundation

2010 The Bergman Foundation

2009 The Luzerne Foundation

2008 Maslow Family Foundation

2007 Central Susquehanna Community Foundation

2006 Blue Ribbon/Blue Cross of NEPA

2005 McCole Foundation

2003 Willary Foundation

2002 F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc.

2001 Prudential Foundation

2000 Verizon Foundation

1999 Weinberg Foundation

1998 Margaret Briggs Foundation

1997 William G. McGowan Charitable Fund

1996 PNC Bank Foundation

1995 Scranton Area Community Foundation

1992 Sordoni Foundation, Inc.


2022 InterMetro

2021 Weis Markets

2019 Berkshire Asset Management, LLC

2018 Quandel Construction Group, Inc.

2017 One Point

2016 WNEP

2015 Lamar Outdoor Advertising

2014 Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

2013 Frontier Communications

2012 Burkavage Design Associates LLC

2011 Kane is Able

2010 Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

2009 Pride Mobility Products Corp.

2008 Pennstar Bank

2007 First National Community Bank

2006 Sallie Mae

2005 McDonald’s / Mueller Family

2004 ESSA Bank & Trust

2003 Aventis Pasteur, US

2002 First Federal Corporation

2001 Prudential Financial

2000 Verizon

1999 Fleet Pennsylvania Services, Inc.

1998 Penn Security Bank & Trust Co.

1997 PP&L, Inc. Community Partnership

1995 Boscov’s Department Store

1994 Nabisco, Inc.

1993 Procter & Gamble

1992 Akzo Salt, Inc.


2022 Lauren Pluskey McLain

2021 Laura Ducceschi, MA, MBA

2019 Marise Garofalo

2018 Mike Wood

2017 Mary Dolon

2015 Michele Shea Zabriski

2014 Larry Pellegrini

2013 Carol H. Maculloch

2011 Elizabeth Connery

2009 Susan M. Helwig

2007 Maria J. Russoniello

2006 James A. Brogna

2004 Evelyn Kersey

2003 Patricia McCarthy Last

2001 Paul J. Strunk

2000 Ruth Kemmerer

1999 Susan Dantona Jolley, CFRE

1998 Regina M. Peters

1997 Clayton N. Pheasant, D.Min.

1996 John H. Shafer

1994 Frank J. Pasquini

1993 Robert J. Sylvester

1992 Charles J. Reynolds, Jr.

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