FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (October 24, 2012) – The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Detroit Chapter will present the Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI) at the Center for Arab American Philanthropy, with the Sparky Anderson Award for Youth in Philanthropy at the National Philanthropy Day Dinner, Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

Each year this award recognizes and rewards young people who are personally involved and actively engaged in philanthropic projects. TGI will receive this award for their commitment to spreading the philanthropic spirit to the community’s youth. TGI, the only youth philanthropy and grantmaking program in the Arab American community nationwide, is comprised of 20 youth from the Dearborn, MI area. The youth met once a month during the school year to learn about philanthropy, nonprofit organizations and grant-making. The youth then designed a Request for Proposals that was distributed to youth-serving and youth-led organizations across the Detroit metro area. After the receipt of proposals the students conducted site visits, and made the ultimate decision to provide grants totaling $4,600 to 12 organizations.

Every November, National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is observed by 200+ AFP Chapters across the country to recognize the contributions of philanthropy and volunteerism of those people active in local nonprofits. The AFP Greater Detroit Chapter will hold their National Philanthropy Day Dinner on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.  The event is presented by Crain’s Detroit Business. To learn more about the NPD and the AFP Greater Detroit Chapter, visit

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