Officially recognized each year on November 15, National Philanthropy Day® is celebrated by numerous fundraising professionals, government leaders, foundations, businesses, individual donors and others who wish to honor all the contributions philanthropy has made. NPD provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has accomplished, as well as what there still is to do.
For almost 20 years, hundreds of communities across North America have come together to recognize the countless ways philanthropy has affected our world. This year, tens of thousands of people will show the world that the spirit of giving is alive and well, and stronger than ever.
If you’re not familiar with Learning to Give, I encourage you to visit their site. They develop educational and classroom resources that teach giving, civic engagement and character through service learning. This year, in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, they have developed lessons that elementary, middle, and high school educators can use to explain the importance of philanthropy and the significance of National Philanthropy Day®. AFP chapter members can utilize the lesson content in coordination with schools in their local communities to educate youth in the classroom about philanthropy on National Philanthropy Day.
I’m working with a local bookseller on that day to package up books that they will donate to inner city pediatrician’s offices. Do you have a plan?