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National Philanthropy Day So Important

National Philanthropy Day - Nov 15, 2010

25th Anniversary of National Philanthropy Day and 50th Anniversary of AFP

November 15th marks the 25th Anniversary of National Philanthropy Day® (NPD). The day is an opportunity to recognize great contributions in philanthropy while paying tribute to those people who have made our lives and communities better.

There are more than 1 million charitable organizations in the United State Alone. Americans give more than $300 billion annually to charitable causes (Giving USA Foundation).

Other countries are feeling the positive effects of philanthropy as well.

  • Canada – more than 88,000 charities provide countless services to millions of Canadians, who in turn contribute more than $10 billion annually to those organizations (Canada Revenue Agency).
  • In Latin America and Asia, governments no longer able to provide enough funding for social services. Charitable sectors are growing rapidly and creating programs to meet the needs of their countries’ citizens.
  • The quality of life for all people—everything from education, healthcare, the environment and the arts, to name a few—would be far less if not for these organizations.

As we all work to make the quality of life better for everyone, it is important to realize the extraordinary impact of the charitable sector is only limited by our own imagination. We need to continue pushing the envelope as a sector, which in turn, will drive a greater philanthropic outcome for generations to come.

The 2010 National Philanthropy Day also marks the 50th anniversary of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the chief sponsor of NPD. More than 125 communities and 50,000 people around the world will participate 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 will be honored on NPD in recognition of their work in improving their communities and their world every day.

Locally, AFP Charlotte will be holding its 2010 National Philanthropy Day Awards.