44th Faces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon

In an effort to protect the health and safety of our honorees, colleagues, members and friends during this difficult period, the leaders of AFP Chicago have made the decision to reschedule this year’s AFP Chicago Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. Originally scheduled for May 1st, the Awards Luncheon will now be held on Friday, October 2nd. 

Now more than ever our Chicago community needs to look ahead at the opportunity to gather together and celebrate the achievements of these tremendous honorees.

We look forward to welcoming you on October 2nd as we celebrate the power of giving and honor Chicago's philanthropic community at the 2020 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon.


Congratulations to our 2020 honorees!

Distinguished Philanthropist Award Helen Zell
Honored for their personal commitment to a variety of philanthropic causes, for a minimum of ten years.

Executive Leader Award ~ Adela Cepeda, BMO Harris Bank
Presented to an outstanding business leader in the Chicago philanthropic community.

Professional Grantor Award ~ Evette M. Cardona, Polk Bros. Foundation
Awarded to a corporate or foundation giving officer for his/her professionalism and support to the nonprofit community.

Benjamin Franklin Award ~ Sherre Jennings Cullen, CFRE, Urban Gateways
Presented to a fundraising professional for significant achievements in a long career who serves as a role model for
our profession.

Outstanding Community Leader Award ~ Ricardo Estrada, Metropolitan Family Services
Presented to an individual for extraordinary leadership or advocacy resulting in significant change for our community.

Emerging Philanthropist ~ Chanel Coney
Honored for their personal commitment to a variety of philanthropic causes for ten years or less.

Outstanding Volunteer Award ~ Claudia Winkler, Field Museum
Presented for demonstrated exemplary volunteerism through the dedication of significant personal time, talents,
and resources.

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy ~ Felix Castillo
Presented to a youth leader or leaders, or a youth-generated project and its team, having demonstrated a significant impact on the Chicago community. 


Become a Sponsor

Each May, Faces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon gathers more than 700 nonprofit, business and philanthropic leaders from the Chicagoland area to honor philanthropy and volunteerism. Sponsorship support of the Awards Luncheon gives your business prominent exposure to this audience of key leaders and decision-makers in the non-profit, philanthropic and other key sectors of our economy.

Our sponsors not only make Faces of Philanthropy Awards Luncheon possible, but they take its mission to heart. They exemplify philanthropy and send a message about the importance of work that challenges the world to become a better place. Your sponsorship demonstrates your organization's commitment to investing in your community through philanthropy and volunteerism.

Learn more about how you can become an Awards Luncheon sponsor!

Click here for a listing of previous honorees.