Philanthropy Awards Luncheon
With more than 1,000 members of the nonprofit and business community attending every year, the Philanthropy Awards Luncheon is Kansas City's oldest and largest celebration of giving. The funds raised at the Luncheon allow Nonprofit Connect to continue to offer education, resources and networking so that area nonprofit organizations can more effectively achieve their missions.
Save the Date
36th Annual Philanthropy Awards
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
2020 Sponsorship Opportunities
Individual tickets will go on sale in Spring 2020.
Jeanette Prenger and Darren Prenger
We're thrilled to announce Jeanette Prenger and Darren Prenger as the 2020 Luncheon Co-Chairs! Jeanette was recognized as a Rising Star of Philanthropy in 2009, and Darren was recognized as the Emerging Philanthropist in 2019. This mother and son team know firsthand the importance of giving in Kansas City.
2020 Philanthropy Awards Nominations
The Philanthropy Awards honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding commitment to impact through philanthropy in Kansas City. During the past 35 years, Nonprofit Connect has recognized over 200 honorees at the annual luncheon.
The deadline for nominations has passed.
A diverse selection committee of prior recipients and community leaders reviews all nominations and selects honorees. Nominations are reviewed in December 2019. Nominators are notified of the committee's decision in January 2020.
Philanthropist of the Year
2019 - Deanna & Greg Graves
2018 - Tom Isenberg, John Isenberg & Carol Barnett
2017 - Dr. William A. & Mary Reed
2016 - Marlys & Michael Haverty
Emerging Philanthropist of the Year
2019 - Darren Prenger
2018 - Randy & Cheryl Reinhardt
2017 - Jessica Best & Brian Stewart
2016 - Jennifer Matney
Business Philanthropist of the Year
2019 - CommunityAmerica Credit Union
2018 - H&R Block
2017 - The Miller Group
2016 - Kansas City Chiefs
Nonprofit Professional of the Year
2019 - Randy Wisthoff
2018 - Jeffrey Bentley
2017 - Frank Byrne
2016 - Wayne Sims
Emerging Nonprofit Professional of the Year
2019 - Gillian Helm
2018 - Jeremy Lillig
2017 - Sarah Reape
2016 - Deborah Wiebrecht
Volunteer of the Year
2019 - Joseph Jacobs III
2018 - Kevin Connor
2017 - Linda & Terry Ward
2016 - Peggy & Terry Dunn
Emerging Volunteer of the Year
2019 - Chris Rosburg
2018 - Nicole Jacobs-Silvey
2017 - Jake Jacobson
2016 - Rachel Hack Merlo
Excellence in Impact Award
2019 - Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City
2018 - United Way 2-1-1 of Greater Kansas City
2017 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City
2016 - Community Services League
Excellence in Collaboration Award
2019 - Giving the Basics with KCMO Police Department and KCMO School District
2018 - Women's Foundation & City of Kansas City, Missouri
2017 - Artists Helping the Homeless & Saint Luke's Hospital
2016 - Kansas City, Kansas Police Department & Rainbow Services, Inc.
Special Lifetime Achievement Award
2019 - David Renz, Ph.D.