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National Philanthropy Day

Philanthropy is an effort to promote better living conditions through gifts, acts of kindness, and financial aid. National Philanthropy Day (NPD) recognizes the generosity of individuals and organizations who voluntarily give freely of themselves for humanitarian purposes.

November 15 of each year is set aside as National Philanthropy Day to honor those who actively engage in philanthropic causes. It also brings much needed attention to the many areas in which charitable contributions are needed to promote human welfare and help provide a better quality of life.

Created and organized by Doug Freeman, an attorney and philanthropist, National Philanthropy Day is celebrated around the country. Freeman sought to bring philanthropy to the forefront of mainstream America, highlight the benefits of giving, and to recognize those who give generously.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed November 15 as National Philanthropy Day. The celebration of National Philanthropy Day gives people the opportunity to network, get to know each other, and to learn about the good work that is being done by individuals and philanthropic foundations in areas that are close to you.

Philanthropy has a significant and beneficial impact on the lives of millions of people around the world. It is not relegated to the wealthy because philanthropy doesn't mean just giving money. You can be philanthropic with your time, talent, knowledge, and expertise.

National Philanthropy Day chapters have been set up in communities in every state in the country and chapters have also been organized in Canada and other countries.

NPD is growing as a recognizable holiday with many charities and non-profit organizations using the day to promote charitable events. Luncheons and dinners are given to honor foundations, corporations, businesses, and individuals who stand out in the community for their philanthropic work.

There are several things you can do to help promote National Philanthropy Day.

  • Give a scholarship or grant to help a needy student pay for tuition and related college expenses. It doesn't have to be a large amount, maybe $200 or $300 or more if you can afford it.
  • Spend time mentoring a child who may not have one of his or her parents.
  • Volunteer at a local homeless shelter, retirement facility, hospital, or women's shelter.
  • If you own a business, give a job to a mentally or physically handicapped person.
  • Hold fundraiser's for local charities, hospitals, or other need based organizations.

Billions of dollars are given to charities each year to help feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and to help nurse the sick back to health. Countless hours are donated by those who are committed to doing something with their time to help others when and where help is needed.

National Philanthropy Day was created as a means of letting people know that their is a need for everyone to get involved in charitable giving. This means that regardless to who you are, you have something to give that can benefit someone who is in need.


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