Philantrophy Day

2021 Philanthropy Day Virtual Event
November 4, 2021

Regretfully, due to ongoing COVID restrictions, we will be canceling our 2020 Philanthropy Day Event. All nominations received will be carried over to 2021.

Nominate a Local Star for a Philanthropy Day Award! Each November, about 350 people from the non-profit, business, and government sectors come together at Rockland Development Council’s (RDC) annual Philanthropy Day Breakfast to honor the philanthropic efforts being made across our community. Filled with immense goodwill and inspiration, this event educates, informs and motivates individuals in the field of philanthropy. At its conclusion, we all leave re-energized in our commitment to make a difference.

Philanthropy Day is also an opportunity to recognize the unsung heroes of our community by nominating them for a Philanthropy Day award.

2021 PHILANTHROPY DAY AWARD CRITERIA & PAST RECIPIENTS

Outstanding Corporate Leadership Award
This award is presented to an outstanding corporate leader, representing a business or corporation, who demonstrates outstanding philanthropic leadership through exceptional financial support or volunteerism in Rockland County.

  • Description of philanthropic leadership, financial support, and/or volunteerism in a charitable organization(s) and in the community
  • Description of philanthropic support of innovative approaches to solving community problems (if applicable)
  • Description of the impact of the philanthropic support on the charitable organization(s) and/or the community

Past Recipients

  • Jonathan Kupperman, Nice-Pak/PDI
  • Courtney E. Boniface, Cane & Boniface, PC
  • Rich Hesse, Mercedes-Benz
  • Orange & Rockland Utilities
  • Provident Bank
  • Union State Bank
  • Active International
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
  • Abbey Ice & Spring Water
  • Larry Inserra / Inserra ShopRite Supermarkets
  • Better Homes & Gardens – The Rand Family

Outstanding Volunteer Award
This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for fundraising and/or service projects for the benefit of a charitable organization(s) in the community. Nominations of organizations will not be accepted in this category.

  • Description of volunteer’s leadership roles, activities, and goals
  • Description of achievements and/or personal financial commitment to reach goals
  • Description of the impact of the volunteer’s effort on the charitable institution(s) and/or community

Past Recipients

  • Barry Dorfman
  • Dennis Fleming
  • Robyn Herbst
  • James F. Murphy Marc Silverstein
  • Donna Riley
  • Roberta Leitner
  • Cynthia Diamond
  • Micki Leader
  • Barbara Kohlhausen
  • Barbara Cane, Esq
  • Dan Salmon Hector May
  • Rockland Road Runners
  • Patricia Smith Lefkowitz
  • Stan Schwarz

Outstanding Non-Profit or Fundraising Professional Award
This award is presented to an outstanding individual in the non-profit field who exemplifies dedication and service to philanthropy or to a professional fundraiser who exemplifies excellence in fundraising. Nominee should have at least 5 years of experience and currently work in a Rockland County charitable organization.

  • Description of leadership and career achievements in philanthropic service or fundraising
  • Description of individual’s commitment to philanthropy in the community and professional continuing education through memberships, certifications, conference participation, and professional development
  • Description of the impact of philanthropic service and/or fundraising on the charitable organization(s) and/or community

Past Recipients

  • David Kirschtel
  • Sr. Cecilia LaPietra
  • Carmine Marchionda
  • Amy Stern
  • Ouida Foster Toutebon
  • Paul Trader
  • Don Cairns
  • Christine Maraia
  • Jeffrey Kassover
  • Barbara Reece
  • Lanie Etkind
  • Mary Louise Russo
  • Dorothy Filoramo
  • Kevin P. Duignan
  • Carolyn Fish
  • Stacey Kirschenbaum

Outstanding Philanthropist Award
This award is presented to an individual or family who demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility through direct financial support of a charitable institution(s) in the community.

  • Description of civic and charitable responsibility and philanthropic leadership in the community
  • Description of philanthropic support of innovative approaches to solving community problems (if applicable)
  • Description of the impact of the philanthropic support and leadership on the charitable institution(s) and/or community

Past Recipients

  • Arlene R. Rodgers
  • Robert L. Fellows
  • Elisabeth and Richard Voigt
  • John and Ilse Lang
  • Paul Adler
  • Michael Mandel
  • Dr. Edward Fisher
  • Tess McCormack Raso and Joseph F. Raso
  • Jeffrey Keahon
  • Simona and Jerry Chazen
  • John J. Manna, Jr.
  • Joseph R. Lagana
  • Peter Xavier Kelly
  • Leonard Merrill Kurz
  • Mark Jacobs
  • Judith A. Pachter
  • S. Lisa Hayes

Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award
This award is presented to an outstanding youth, youth group, or rising leader in philanthropy who demonstrates the true spirit of philanthropy through time, treasure and talent. The nominee in this category should be under 23 years of age and be a leader in philanthropy through volunteerism or fundraising.

  • Description of volunteer’s leadership roles, activities, and goals
  • Description of commitment and achievements in philanthropy
  • Description of the impact on the charitable organization(s) and/or community

Past Recipients

  • Kersten Savage
  • Hope Victoria Casscles & Thomas Wellington Casscles Student Activists Ending Dating Abuse (SAEDA), a program of Center for Safety & Change
  • Grace Chesterman
  • Ashley May, Aliyah and Angel Schwartz
  • Students at St. Thomas Aquinas College
  • Youth for Hospice
  • Melissa Zedeck

The Nomination Committee will make the final selection for the awards based on the criteria described. The committee reserves the right not to grant specific awards.

2019 Philanthropy Day

Philanthropy Day Nomination Form

Nominations for Our 2020 Philanthropy Day Awards will be carried over to 2021

The application period for additional nominations will open January 1, 2021

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