AFP's Greater Toronto Chapter Celebrates the Generosity of Local Citizens at 2013 Philanthropy Awards

Annual awards honours outstanding youth, philanthropists, corporation, individuals, and foundation for their achievements in giving and volunteering

TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - As the first country to legislatively recognize National Philanthropy Day, Canada is proud to be a global leader in charitable efforts around the world. The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter will honour extraordinary Canadians today during the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Each year, the Philanthropy Awards program pays tribute to the exceptional contributions and achievements of Canadians in time, leadership, and financial support.

The 2013 list of award recipients include: Margaret and Jim Fleck (Outstanding Philanthropists); Sam and Claire Duboc (Outstanding Volunteers); The Home Depot Canada (THDC) (Outstanding Corporation); Catherine Donnelly Foundation (Outstanding Foundation); Rukhsar Jaffer (Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Ages 5-17); Kristina and Heather DiClemente (Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Ages 18-23); First Book Canada (Mo Davies Small Organization for Excellence in Fundraising); and David Love (Lifetime Achievement Award).

"The Association on Fundraising Professionals is delighted to highlight the achievements of Canada's most generous and outstanding philanthropists, volunteers, and professionals during this year's ceremony Awards Luncheon," said Susan Horvath, president, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter. "This year's award winners are truly inspirational. Through their determination, generosity, and investments in time and resources, they have made a significant difference in our community."

The Philanthropy Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions made by individuals and organizations who have demonstrated excellence and best practices in achieving high-quality fundraising through either their own efforts or their vision and strategy. Each year, nominations are received from the Chapter's 1,300 members supporting the different award categories, which are then reviewed by a committee who chooses the recipients.

Since 1995, AFP's Greater Toronto Chapter has honoured extraordinary Canadians who have raised the bar in the acts of giving and volunteering during its annual Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. As a leader in the promotion of philanthropy, the Association recognizes the extraordinary achievements of this year's recipients, all of whom have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to ethical fundraising and transformational leadership.

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View past recipients at: http://afptorontoevents.info/philanthropy-awards/past-award-recipients/
Media is welcome to attend the Awards luncheon or meet with award recipients at the VIP reception from 11:30am -12:30pm, Wednesday, November 20th, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, room 204 ̶ Summit Room.

About The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents over 30,000 members in 229 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information, go to www.afpnet.org.

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada was created in 1998 to ensure the advancement of philanthropy by supporting AFP's mission and goals in Canada. The foundation supports a number of education, training, ethical, scholarship, public affairs and translation activities related to fundraising and philanthropy.

About the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Philanthropy Awards 
These awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of time, leadership and financial support of a special group of Canadians who set new benchmarks of excellence in the acts of giving and volunteering. The 2013 recipients will be honoured at the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 20th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Hall C, as part of Congress 2013, the Greater Toronto Chapter's annual conference. Please visit the Philanthropy Awards website to view award categories and past recipientshttp://afptorontoevents.info/philanthropy-awards/.

SOURCE: Association of Fundraising Professionals

For further information:

Media Contacts:
Amber Mulder
MAVERICK for AFP Greater Toronto Chapter
amberm@wearemaverick.com
905-259-5764

Amanda Laird
MAVERICK for AFP Greater Toronto Chapter
amandal@wearemaverick.com
647-208-2097

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