2022 National Philanthropy Day Honorees Announced

Santa Barbara and Ventura County’s top philanthropists, business leaders, individuals, and organizations will be honored at the 36th annual National Philanthropy Day awards program and celebration on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 5:00–7:30 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA.


Produced by the Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Philanthropy Day has become one of the most prominent philanthropic recognition events in the region, with more than 200 honorees since its inception in 1987. Montecito Bank & Trust and the Santa Barbara Foundation are the Chapter’s Presenting Sponsors.

Serving as Masters of Ceremonies for the 2022 event will be Geoff Green, CEO, SBCC Foundation, and Anne Paul King, Executive Director, Ventura College Foundation.

The 2022 National Philanthropy Day outstanding honorees include:


Philanthropist of the Year, Santa Barbara County

The FUND for Santa Barbara


Philanthropist of the Year, Ventura County

Steve Hearst from the Morgan Hearst Charitable Foundation


Volunteer of the Year, Santa Barbara County

The Mary Jane McCord Planned Parenthood Annual Book Sale Volunteers


Volunteer of the Year, Ventura County

Lynda Bowman, Chair, TEACh Scholarship Fund


Professional Fundraiser of the Year

Rich Block, President & CEO, Santa Barbara Zoo


Champions for Social Justice

Diversity Collective of Ventura County


Online registration is open now. The event will be held in-person at the Museum of Ventura County’s event pavilion and plaza in the heart of historic downtown Ventura. A wine reception begins at 5:00 p.m. followed by the awards presentation at 6:00 p.m. Individual tickets are $50 (AFPSBV members) and $65 (non members). For tickets, visit https://community.afpglobal.org/afpsbv/events/npd. Financial assistance is available to attend the event at no charge. For financial assistance, visit  https://community.afpglobal.org/afpsbv/scholarships/scholarships-chapter.


Proceeds from National Philanthropy Day help sustain the Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Chapter of AFP and its year-long professional development programs. The chapter supports fundraising professionals by offering training programs, scholarships to participate in educational opportunities, IDEA initiatives (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access), ethics training, leadership development, and other nonprofit resources.


Chapter sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsors support our chapter’s ability to highlight and celebrate philanthropy, provide best-in-class educational opportunities, and promote access and inclusivity through a variety of scholarships. Additionally, sponsorship includes a valuable presence at the 2022 National Philanthropy Day celebration. For information, contact Catherine Kort, Sponsorship Chair, at npd@afpsbv.org.


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