National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is celebrated annually on November 15. This day signifies the importance of working together for the common good. Philanthropic deeds come in all different shapes and sizes — charitable giving, volunteering, etc. — and on National Philanthropy Day, no act of kindness goes unnoticed. President Reagan first proclaimed November 15 as National Philanthropy Day in 1986, and communities all throughout the world have celebrated the importance of this occasion ever since.
Last year, more than 130 AFP—Association of Fundraising Professionals chapters held NPD events and activities across North America. In addition, AFP launched #NPDLove and the www.NPDLove.com website, a global social media outreach and awareness campaign to engage the global charitable sector, the philanthropic community, and the public in activities to demonstrate “love of humankind” and highlight how they (or their organization) are helping to change the world.
WHY NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY IS IMPORTANT
Philanthropy makes the world go ’round
For as long as humankind exists, there is always going to be a need to help each other out. National Philanthropy Day acknowledges the importance of stepping up and doing your part to not only help those less fortunate but to also ensure that the world as a whole is a better place to live.
It’s important to acknowledge good deeds
When we highlight the charitable acts of someone else, there is a good chance that another person may get inspired to go out into the community and contribute in his or her own way. Acknowledging philanthropic activity not only gives credit where credit is due, but it is also an excellent way to bring awareness to charitable opportunities that exist.
With so much negativity in the world, hearing about the good that goes on is certainly refreshing. National Philanthropy Day motivates us to get out and engage with others in order to make a positive impact.