Fundraising professionals throughout the state will be celebrating the spirit of giving in November by recognizing philanthropists and the impact of Hoosier
philanthropy at the 35th Indiana Philanthropy Awards celebration. Since 1983, the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Indiana Chapter Philanthropy Awards have honored individuals and organizations who have enhanced philanthropy, the community, and the world through their dedicated efforts, time, leadership, passion, and generosity in Indiana. Past honorees have included some of the foremost philanthropists, leaders, organizations, and corporations in Indiana who have left an indelible mark on communities across the state and beyond.

The following individuals, corporations and foundations will be honored:

     2017 Indiana Philanthropy Award Recipients
     Lifetime Achievement: Andre and (posthumously) Julia Lacy (Indianapolis)
          Nominated by Butler University
     Outstanding Philanthropist: Sandra Eskenazi (Indianapolis)
         Nominated by Eskenazi Health Foundation
     Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Kathy Dannels (Indianapolis)
          Nominated by St. Vincent Hospital Foundation
     Outstanding Fundraising Professional: Sally Zelonis (Zionsville)
          Nominated by Indianapolis Zoo
     Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: George Plews (pictured) (Indianapolis)
          Nominated by WFYI Public Media
     Outstanding Foundation: Harrison County Community Foundation (Corydon)
          Nominated by Harrison County Community Foundation
     Outstanding Youth Achievement: Mekinley Elrod (Corydon)
          Nominated by Harrison County Community Foundation
     Outstanding Young Adult: Taylor Whitaker (Indianapolis)
          Nominated by Lisa Maxwell-Frieden
     Outstanding Corporation: WTHR Channel 13 (Indianapolis)
          Nominated by American Red Cross of Indiana and Community Health Network Foundation

The Association of Fundraising Professionals-Indiana Chapter is a network of 375 professional fundraisers and service providers in central Indiana, all working on behalf of important nonprofit causes in our community.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals is the leading organization for professionalism in fundraising and has helped thousands of fundraisers to efficiently and ethically raise philanthropic dollars by increasing their fundraising skills and knowledge. Since 1960, AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP’s nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world.