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2017 Indiana Philanthropy Awards


Indiana Philanthropy Awards


November 15, 2017
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner and Awards Presentation

Indiana Roof Ballroom



Nominations for the 2017 Indiana Philanthropy Awards are being accepted until noon on July 1, 2017.

Lifetime Achievement:  an individual or family who has demonstrated a record of exceptional service (as a donor or volunteer) and has left a remarkable legacy in the Indiana community and/or beyond 

Outstanding Philanthropist:  an individual or family whose generosity during the past year transformed the community and/or encouraged others to take philanthropic leadership roles 

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser:  an individual or family that demonstrated outstanding skills in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for fundraising projects for the benefit of charitable institutions 

Outstanding Fundraising Professional:  an individual who practices the fundraising profession in an exemplary manner and is an inspiration to others.  Must be an AFP member for a minimum of 12 months prior to date of application. 

Outstanding Youth Achievement:  an individual or group between the ages of 5 and 17 who participated in direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteerism and/or philanthropic leadership. 

Outstanding Young Adult:  an individual or group between the ages of 18 and 25 who participated in direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteerism and/or philanthropic leadership 

Outstanding Civic Organization:  church, social service organization, community groups and similar entities  

Outstanding Foundation:  donor-advised fund, foundation, corporate foundation and similar entities 

Outstanding Corporation:  business with more than 100 employees and/or annual revenue greater than $5 million 

Outstanding Small Business:  business with 100 or fewer employees and/or annual revenue of $5 million or less


To submit a nomination, please complete two steps:

  1. Complete the nomination form linked here.
  2. Email two letters of support (maximum of one page each) to


To complete the nomination form, please be prepared with the nominee's and nominator's contact information, other pertinent contacts (nominee's assistant or alternate nominator), and approximately three to five paragraphs that include:

  1. Description of outcomes of philanthropic impact and achievements accomplished.
  2. Evidence of philanthropic support and innovative approaches to solving problems.
  3. For Outstanding Fundraising Professional, Philanthropist, Volunteer Fundraiser, and Lifetime Achievement Categories only, also include:  Evidence of encouragement and motivation given to others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.

Nominators will be updated regarding the status of their nominee by early August.

Awardees will be honored at the Indiana Philanthropy Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.  Honorees are required to attend the event, and nominators are strongly encouraged to also attend.  The awards committee will communicate directly with honorees in preparation for the dinner.

Sponsorships are now available for the event.  For more information regarding sponsorships, please contact Andy Baker at or 317-278-8929. 



Click here to see the recipients of the 2016 Indiana Philanthropy Awards and past recipients.