Since 1986, November 15 is National Philanthropy Day!

Each year on this date, over a hundred AFP chapters organise events across North America. AFP Quebec marks the occasion by awarding its prestigious Excellence in Philanthropy Awards, which celebrate the leadership and extraordinary community involvement of exceptional individuals, businesses and organisations.

Non-profit organisations registered in Quebec are invited to nominate their donors, volunteers and/or employees for an Excellence in Philanthropy Award. Nominations are received by the Awards committee and forwarded to a jury made up of leaders from various fields of Quebec society, including former laureates. Following a process of evaluation and deliberation, the winners of the eight award categories are invited to an awards ceremony on National Philanthropy Day in the presence of the members of the jury and other guests.

The Excellence in Philanthropy Awards program allows non-profit organisations in Quebec to pay tribute to the exceptional individuals and companies that make a significant difference through their volunteer involvement, philanthropic efforts and generous donations. This program also allows the Association to highlight the essential contribution of devoted individuals and companies  to the field of philanthropy in Quebec.

Frequently Asked Questions

2024 JURY

The 2024 Excellence in Philanthropy Awards Jury is made up of renowned individuals from the business community and the non-profit sector.

This year’s co-chairs are Andrew Molson, Chairman of the Board, Avenir Global and laureate of the Outstanding Philanthropist Award (2019) with his family, and Lili-Anna Pereša, President and CEO of the McConnell Foundation.

The other members of the jury are:

  • Sandra Chartrand, President, Sandra Chartrand et Alain Bouchard Foundation and laureate of the Award for Outstanding Philanthropist (2015)
  • Marine Groulx, Senior Community Investment Manager, TELUS, laureate of the Award for Outstanding Corporation (2012)
  • Laila Laaroussi, Conseillère principale, développement philanthropique & initiatives de la communauté, CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation and Co-Chair of the Awards Committee, AFP Quebec
  • Philippe Langelier, Managing Director, Quebec Corporate Client Group, RBC Royal Bank, laureate of the Award for Outstanding Corporation, 250 or more employees (2017)
  • Chantal Mallette, Senior Development Advisor, Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer, Université de Montréal and Co-Chair of the Awards Committee, AFP Quebec
  • Julie Raîche, Principal Director, National Bank, laureate of the Award for Outstanding Corporation (2013)
  • Lucie Rémillard, President, LR Strategie and laureate of the Award for Outstanding Career in Philanthropy (2016)
  • Catherine Rowe, CFRE, Partner, Pur Philanthropie and laureate of the Award  for Outstanding Career in Philanthropy (2018)
  • Leilah Sory, Consultant in sustainable development and laureate of the Award for Outstanding Youth Committed to Philanthropy (2022)

NOMINATIONS

Members of AFP Quebec are invited to nominate, on behalf of their non-profit organisation registered in Quebec, individuals and companies that have demonstrated outstanding generosity, commitment and leadership in philanthropy for an Award of Excellence in one of the following categories:

  • Outstanding Major Donor
  • Outstanding Corporate Major Donor
  • Outstanding Volunteer in Philanthropy
  • Outstanding Corporate Citizen (fewer than 500 employees)
  • Outstanding Corporate Citizen (500 or more employees)
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
  • Rising Star of AFP Quebec
  • Outstanding Career in Philanthropy

Each organisation may submit one application per category. An individual, company, NPO or foundation can only win an award in the same category once every five (5) years.

Deadline for submissions: July 19, 2024, 5 p.m. (EDT).

Award for Outstanding Major Donor

This award honours an individual, a family or a private foundation who, through direct financial support, has demonstrated extraordinary civic responsibility and exceptional generosity in the service of your mission or for a specific fundraising project over the past year. It is intended to acknowledge a personal donation, independent of an organisation or business, that has had an extraordinary impact on your ability to deliver programs and/or services.

Fill out the nomination form

Award for Outstanding Corporate Major Donor

This award honours a company or the foundation of a company that, through a direct financial support, has demonstrated extraordinary civic responsibility and exceptional generosity in the service of your mission or for a specific fundraising project over the past year. It is intended to acknowledge a corporate donation that has had an extraordinary impact on your ability to deliver programs and/or services.

Fill out the nomination form

Award for Outstanding Volunteer in Philanthropy

This award honors an individual or a family who, through a philanthropic initiative and on a voluntary basis, has demonstrated extraordinary civic responsibility, acting as a lever to rally, motivate and coordinate groups of donors and/or volunteers in the service of your mission or for a specific fundraising project over the past year. It is intended to recognise an individual or family philanthropic initiative, independent of an organisation or business, that has had an extraordinary impact on your ability to deliver programs and/or services.

Fill out the nomination form

Award for Outstanding Corporate Citizen (fewer than 500 employees)

This award honours a company or the foundation of a company with fewer than 500 employees that, through a philanthropic initiative, has demonstrated extraordinary civic responsibility, acting as a lever to rally, motivate and coordinate groups of donors and/or volunteers in the service of your mission or for a specific fundraising project over the past year. It is intended to recognise a corporate philanthropic initiative that has had an extraordinary impact on your ability to deliver programs and/or services.

Fill out the nomination form

Award for Outstanding Corporate Citizen (500 or more employees)

This award honours a company or the foundation of a company with 500 employees or more that, through a philanthropic initiative, has demonstrated extraordinary civic responsibility, acting as a lever to rally, motivate and coordinate groups of donors and/or volunteers in the service of your mission or for a specific fundraising project over the past year. It is intended to recognise a corporate philanthropic initiative that has had an extraordinary impact on your ability to deliver programs and/or services.

Fill out the nomination form

Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

This award honours a person (or a group of people) aged 25 and under who, through direct financial support, philanthropic initiative, development of a charitable program and/or volunteerism, has demonstrated extraordinary civic responsibility and exceptional generosity in the service of your mission or for a specific fundraising project over the past year on a voluntary basis. It aims to recognise the commitment and leadership of youth in philanthropy.

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Rising Star of AFP Quebec

This award honours a professional of philanthropy who has been working in the field for ten years or less. It aims to recognize the leadership of an individual who brings a breath of fresh air to the community while promoting the values of AFP. It honours an employee of your organisation who is a rising star in the field of philanthropy in Quebec and who represents the best of the next generation in the profession.

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Award for Outstanding Career in Philanthropy

This award honours a professional of philanthropy who has demonstrated a sustained level of excellence in the field of philanthropy through exemplary leadership and fundraising skills, working with an innovative vision, and in accordance with sound and rigorous values. It is intended to recognise an employee of your organisation who has led an exceptional career and has shown extraordinary dedication to the field of philanthropy.

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