Application Guidelines

1. Entries for all award categories can be submitted to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Houston Chapter (AFP) offices beginning Monday, April 5, 2021, and must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, May 31, 2021. Please do not anticipate a deadline extension.

2.All entries must be submitted in a single electronic PDF file, per category, and must be submitted via SurveyMonkey no later than 5 p.m., Monday, May 31, 2021.  

3. Narratives should be no more than three (3) pages, single-spaced (12-point font with 1-inch margins). Using narrative form, enumerate each criterion and address each one separately in the order requested. Narratives should contain complete and concise answers to criteria.  Entries will be judged on the responses to the criteria.  Nominating organizations are encouraged to include the nominee in the process of developing the narrative so that the broad scope of their philanthropy is represented.
 
4. Two (2) letters of recommendation from other organizations are required, but no more than five will be accepted.  Letters from board members affiliated with nominating organization are not acceptable.  For outstanding fundraising program awards, volunteers and/or donors can provide letters of support.  Please include letters of recommendation in the PDF file.

5. Two bios and a photo are required at the time of nomination. The short bio should have a maximum of 200 words and the longer bio should have a maximum of 500 words.  A high-resolution photo (3.5 megabytes) should be submitted in Jpeg format. If a corporate nominee, please submit a high-resolution logo in Jpeg.

6. Please do NOT send collateral material such as brochures, invitations, or annual reports.

7. Applications are the responsibility of the nominating organization(s); incomplete applications or applications for the incorrect category will not be considered.  Individuals and organizations will receive their awards at the National Philanthropy Day® luncheon on Friday, November 12, 2021.  Honorees must be present to receive the award.  Before nominating individuals, please confirm they will accept an award, if chosen, and that they will attend the luncheon.  Honorees will be notified in mid-July and may be announced as early as late July.

8. Deceased individuals must have been alive on May 31, 2021, to be eligible for nomination for the 2021 awards.

9. Nominees must serve AFP Greater Houston Chapter’s geographic area.

10. A re-nomination letter will be sent to all nominating organizations from 2020. Organizations who wish to have their 2020 application re-considered must provide a brief letter updating any important information for the current year.

11. The Outstanding Fund Raising Executive of the Year Award, The M. Anne Murphy Award for Professional Excellence and Byron Welch Lifetime Achievement Award are nominated and awarded by members of the Past Presidents Council and will be presented at the September Chapter dinner and recognized at the NPD luncheon.  Honoree must be present to receive the award.

12. Individuals serving as Chair and Co-chair on the Awards Committee cannot be nominated for the Outstanding Fund-Raising Executive of the Year awards.  Additionally, to avoid conflicts of interest among the judges, members of the Award Selection Committees will not be assigned to categories until after the application deadline passes.

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