March 21, 2022

Make Sure to Nominate Our Valley’s Most Outstanding Humanitarians by March 31st.


PALM DESERT, CA – We have all been touched by a special fundraiser or benefactor who continually amazes us by what they do. Perhaps it’s a youth who tirelessly volunteers or someone who raises a meaningful $3,000, or even $3 million, for a non-profit that is making a significant difference? Or maybe you know an exceptionally generous philanthropist or an organization that has deeply affected the most underserved non-profits in our community. Now it’s time to acknowledge the best for their valiant efforts.


The Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter (AFP) has opened its 16th Annual National Philanthropy Day nominations to celebrate Honorees in the following categories:


  • Outstanding Philanthropist(s)
  • Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer
  • Outstanding Non-Profit Founder
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy


The deadline to receive Nominations is March 31st and they can be submitted at


“Given what we have endured together over the past two years, I personally invite you to take pause and reflect on those individuals, foundations and businesses that have not only endured the impact of the pandemic but also have gone above and beyond, profoundly changing the Coachella Valley with their giving hearts,” shares Josh Zahid, National Philanthropy Day Chair.


“National Philanthropy Day honors our community’s philanthropic heroes who are actively engaged and give so generously of their time, skills, talents, and financial support,” adds AFP President Kristin Bloomer. “To date, we have paid tribute to 86 individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations whose fundraising passions have created deep impacts to the quality of life in the Coachella Valley and beyond. Our AFP members are committed to bringing forward the positive change necessary to build strong, vibrant and healthy communities.”


Now is the time to recognize our Valley’s most outstanding philanthropic champions who are “Changing the World with a Giving Heart,” the theme of the Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter.


Nominations close this Thursday, March 31, 2022, and can be submitted through A Blue Ribbon panel comprised of Coachella Valley community leaders will review the nominations. The Honorees Announcement will take place on Friday, May 20th at 11:00 am at Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa. Then, save the date for National Philanthropy Day on Friday, November 4th at 11:00 am at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells.


For more information on National Philanthropy Day or becoming an AFP member, contact Josh Zahid at or call/text to 909.226.1085.


About the Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter
Established in October 2006, the AFP is a Ten Star Chapter and is one of 244-chapter affiliates with over 31,000 members worldwide. Its mission is to advance philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice effective and ethical fundraising. Looking ahead, AFP is focused on broadening their membership base and supporting their members with enhanced education and training, promoting credentialing, providing resources for fundraising effectiveness, networking, mentoring, advocacy and recognition of their philanthropic success.













Photo Caption: 2021 National Philanthropy Day Honorees (back row from left) Gailya Brown and Solange Signoret with Josh N. Zahid, NPD Event Chair, and honorees Ana and Ismael Jimenez. (Front row from left) Linda Rider, Dawn E. Rashid with event presenting sponsor Patti Grundhofer and honoree Armando Ehrenzweig.