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National Philanthropy Day honors Alaskans for their many contributions

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
  They must be felt with the heart.

- Helen Keller           

National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—have made to our lives, our communities and our world.

What makes philanthropy so special is that no one is required to give of themselves. There are no national laws or regulations which mandate that you must volunteer or get involved. Philanthropy is so powerful and inspiring precisely because it is voluntary—that through the goodness of our hearts, through our need to connect, through our desire to see a better world, we come together to improve the quality of life for all people.

Through your generosity, billions of dollars and volunteer hours are given every year to countless nonprofits and charities around the world. Millions and millions of programs—from feeding the hungry and clothing the needy, curing the sick, saving the environment—happen every day because of you and your commitment to your favorite causes.

In November 2013, more than 100 communities and 50,000 people around the world participated in NPD events and celebrations. These events include award ceremonies, galas, luncheons, seminars and other special events. Outstanding donors, volunteers, corporations, foundations, small businesses, youth in philanthropy and others were honored on NPD in recognition of their work in improving their communities and their world every day.  NPD is formally supported by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and hundreds of other nonprofit and for-profit organizations throughout North America. The AFP Alaska Chapter is committed to supporting

 Jean Kaufman
development professionals throughout the state of Alaska.


On November 7, the AFP Alaska Chapter honored the following individuals and businesses as part of our Alaska NPD celebration.

Outstanding Corporation in Philanthropy – Era Alaska
Outstanding Small Business in Philanthropy – Snow City Café 
Outstanding Philanthropist – Eric McCallum and Robin Smith
Outstanding Volunteer in Philanthropy – E. Jean Kaufman
Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy 

  • Sarah Mixsell
  • Brooke McPheters (posthumous award)

Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy – Joanne Phillips-Nutter
Eugene R. Wilson Award – Joseph E. Usibelli and Peggy Shumaker

 Sarah Mixsell

Providence Alaska Foundation was proud to have nominated Jean Kaufman and Sarah Mixsell for their contributions to our community.  On behalf of the entire Providence family, we thank them for their incredible generosity!

The Outstanding Volunteer in Philanthropy Award is presented to the individual who has demonstrated dedication, exceptional service, and leadership as a volunteer in philanthropic activities throughout the community. This individual, by his or her personal commitment, has made a positive and lasting impact on the advancement of philanthropy in Alaska.  Jean Kaufman has volunteered for 54 organizations in Anchorage since 1953 when she first arrived in Alaska. Today, at age 94, she is as active as ever, sharing her time and resources throughout the community. For many years Jean volunteered at a different organization six days each week—keeping Friday as her "open" day so she could take care of personal business.  Benjamin Franklin said, "We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." Jean has never stopped playing. Nor has she ever stopped giving her time, energy, wisdom and resources to make her community a better place. Providence patients have a better hospital to come to for their care because of Jean. She is a true philanthropist, in every sense of the word.
The Outstanding Youth or Group in Philanthropy Award is presented to an individual youth or youth group who has demonstrated exceptional achievements in philanthropic activities through the development of new projects, leadership, volunteer service or direct financial support of nonprofits. Through exemplary service, this individual or group serves as a positive role model for the philanthropic process in action to other youth throughout Alaska.  What did you do on for your 9th birthday? Can you remember back that far? When Sarah Mixsell turned nine, she dedicated her birthday to serving other children in Alaska. She decided that rather than receiving birthday gifts, that each person should instead bring a gift that could be donated. At the time, the chosen beneficiary was AWAIC, a residential center that provides shelter for abused women and children.

After that Sarah founded Alaska Kids for Kids, an Alaska-based, youth-led nonprofit that contributes 100% of what it earns to support Alaska youth services. Its mission is to encourage kids to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children across the state on every day of the year. Their goal: to find at LEAST 365 kids who are willing to devote part of their birthday each year to benefit other children.  In 2012, Alaska Kids for Kids chose The Children's Hospital at Providence as the beneficiary—specifically focusing on the Child Life program. At such a young age, Sarah is already making an impact in her community—through raising funds and raising awareness—and by illustrating the power a single child has to make a difference.​

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