AFP Maryland Chapter Celebration of Philanthropy

Virtual Event

November 17-19, 2020

AFP Maryland Chapter Recognizes 2020 National Philanthropy Day Award Recipients

A Disc Jockey Spins Records for Food Banks, A Women Opens Her Home to Survivors of Domestic Violence, and a Foundation Commits to Coaching Nonprofit Leaders

This year’s awards program shines a spotlight on individuals and organizations that give back to communities throughout Maryland in unique ways. The awardees will be featured during the organization’s three-day virtual webinar program from November 17-19, 2020.

“In this unprecedented year, we’ve witnessed humanitarian efforts that provide inspiration, motivation and sheer kindness,” said Samantha Flottemesch, AFP Maryland Chapter Board President. “We are thrilled to recognize individuals and foundations in Maryland that epitomize selflessness. Philanthropy is, by definition, the desire to promote the welfare of others, especially through the generous gifts of time and treasure to good causes. This year’s recipients give new meaning to the word ‘philanthropy’; even without great resources they’ve made significant impacts in their communities and in the organizations they support. Please help us congratulate those who have dedicated their time, energy and talents to causes they cherish.”

Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year – Asma Inge-Hanif, founder of Healthy Solutions Women & Children’s Center

In 1987, Asma Inge-Hanif founded Healthy Solutions, Health, Education, Social & Shelter Services Center. In 2007, Ms. Inge-Hanif opened her own home to shelter homeless Muslim women who were survivors of domestic violence to give them opportunities to increase their self-esteem, their self-worth and their self-sufficiency. Today, her Healthy Solutions Center serves every man, woman and child providing quality care, regardless of age, race, creed or socio-economic level . In today’s pandemic, Ms. Inge-Hanif recognized that current relief programs were disproportionally failing Marylanders who are marginalized, uninsured and/or homeless. Through her own resources, her Healthy Solutions medical clinic is serving as a COVID-19 resource site and health care provider for the underserved.

Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation of the Year – T. Rowe Price Foundation 

Since 2010, the T. Rowe Price Foundation has provided transformative support to SquashWise in many ways - financially, operationally and as a thought-partner. SquashWise, a sports-based youth development organization serving Baltimore City, receives nearly 45 percent of its annual funding from institutional partners, including the T. Rowe Price Foundation. In addition, the Foundation began a Capacity Building program in 2016 to help organizations across Maryland grow their organizational and leadership capacity. The program offers a wide variety of learning opportunities, from large-scale symposiums to small-scale group learning cohorts, on a range of topics from board governance to communications and development for nonprofits.

Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year - Chris Kopec (DJ Kopec)

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck Central Maryland, Ellicott City resident Chris Kopec used his disc jockey skills and social media to create a wave of food donations to Maryland’s food banks. Mr. Kopec hosted a Saturday night virtual dance party and while his family danced in the background so did people all over the U.S. For each viewer who joined, Holly Poultry donated one pound of chicken that the United Way of Central Maryland distributed to local food banks. At the end of the night, he secured more than 60,000 pounds of chicken, which was donated to 11 struggling food pantries. Mr. Kopec replicated this dance party throughout the height of the pandemic, providing ingredients for 30,000 breakfast sandwiches to healthcare professionals in Central Maryland and raising more than $1,000,000 for local nonprofits.

Event Details

National Philanthropy Day 2020 will run for three consecutive days – November 17-19 – with opportunities to participate in a variety of 90 minute educational sessions starting at 11 a.m. each day. The cost is $75 for AFP Members / $85 for NonMembers, and includes all three days of programming.  

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