What is National Philanthropy Day?

The purpose of National Philanthropy Day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world. On this special day in the Quad Cities, we reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible at a luncheon. During this luncheon celebration, numerous awards will be given to honor those that are making a difference through philanthropy.


November 12, 2019
8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel


November 12, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Awards are given to honor those making a difference through philanthropy.


Learn more about how to nominate someone for a National Philanthropy Day Award given during the luncheon portion of the day.

2018 Award Winners

Outstanding Individual Philanthropist – Henry and Patricia Tippie – longtime supporters of higher education who have helped elevate the quality and prominence of the University of Iowa, Coe College, and Kirkwood Community College.

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser – Sam Jones, Vice President at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, who led Willis Dady’s
$3 million capital campaign and has been involved with numerous nonprofits, including the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and The History Center.

Outstanding Large Organization – UFG Insurance, a Cedar Rapids based company that has contributed millions to local nonprofits and was founded by Scott “Scotty” McIntyre Sr.

Outstanding Small Organization – Roy J Carver Charitable Trust – a generous foundation created through the will of Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist Roy J. Carver, who died in 1981, and has given millions to many nonprofit organizations.  

Outstanding Fundraising Professional – David Dierks, vice president of the University of Iowa Foundation. Among his accomplishments was initiating the University’s planned and major giving program.

Benjamin Franklin Awards

Jack Roeder — former general manager for the Cedar Rapids Kernels who is president of Prospect Meadows, the newly developed softball/baseball complex northeast of Marion.

Helen G. Nassif (posthumous) – an attorney and philanthropist known for making transformative gifts in her hometown of Cedar Rapids to support organizations from Coe College to the Cedar Rapids YMCA, and especially to UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital.