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National Philanthropy Day® Awards Luncheon to Feature Internationally Recognized Philanthropic Leader Andrew Watt

The Inland Empire Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will honor the work of individuals, volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and corporations with an awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 17th at the Historic Mission Inn, Riverside, CA.

The event, held in recognition of National Philanthropy Day® will recognize outstanding leadership and volunteerism in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Tickets are available now for the awards luncheon, set for noon until 2:00 at the historic Mission Inn, Riverside, CA.

In addition to the awards presentations,

the program will feature keynote speaker Andrew Watt. Watt, named to the Nonprofit Times Power & Influence Top 50, is president & CEO of Arlington, VA-based Association of Fundraising Professionals.

He leads an international nonprofit organization that represents individuals and organizations around the world responsible for raising more than $100 billion in charitable contributions every year for countless causes.

“We can expect to hear Andrew Watt talk about resource mobilization from every area of a community. His passion for philanthropy and fundraising is exemplified by his depth and breadth of experience in the nonprofit community for which he is globally recognized,” said Debbie A. Cannon, president, AFP Inland Empire Chapter. “It is a privilege to have someone of his caliber address our Inland Empire Chapter members, volunteers and philanthropists.”

For 29 years, since President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed November 15 as National Philanthropy Day® (NPD), AFP Chapters all over the world set aside a day to host events to increase public interest and awareness of the importance of giving. International celebrations of NPD seek to highlight the significance of investing in philanthropy, paying tribute to those who make a difference despite challenging economic circumstances.

Opportunities to assist with establishing a culture of philanthropy in the Inland Empire are available by sponsoring the AFP Inland Empire Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day event. Please direct inquiries to LeAnn Faucett at 909/518-5515 or