Monday, November 15, 2010

Celebrating National Philanthropy Day®

Our lives and our world are defined by community.

We are, in many ways, the sum of the communities to which we belong. On the most basic level, this means that geography: countries, provinces, cities, towns, as well as our jobs, schools, profession—to name just a few—help to define who we are.

But our community includes much more, such as our friends, family, neighbors and acquaintances. And with the rise of the Internet, geography no longer limits our communities, as we can form online relationships with others who share our interests.

Why are communities so important? Because we need each other, not only to survive, but to thrive. No woman or man is an island—we all depend on one another. Only by working together can we prosper and improve the quality of life for everyone.

Philanthropy is that idea in action—a community in action—working together to better the whole. Through giving, volunteering and participating, communities are accomplishing amazing things every day – feeding the hungry, healing the sick, educating children, providing training for workers, among countless other tasks and responsibilities.

And that’s what we celebrate on National Philanthropy Day®. Each of us. And our community. Working together. Though charities and other efforts. Through that work, we are changing the world in a very real and positive way by directly affecting the lives of everyone around us.

This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Philanthropy Day. For 25 years, we’ve been celebrating the extraordinary impact that philanthropy makes around the world. For 25 years, we’ve recognized and honored those individuals and organizations that make a difference every day.

To learn more about National Philanthropy Day® and obtain information about giving and volunteering, go to the official website or mobile website.

Whether you’re a fundraiser, donor, volunteer, nonprofit manager or in any way involved in philanthropy, thank you for your dedication and selflessness. Together, in communities large and small, we are—slowly but surely—changing the world and improving the quality of life for all people.


  1. Hi Paulette. Thank you for promoting and discussing National Philanthropic Day. I have recently started a personal project called 365give. Everyday for 365 days I am in some way, big and small, giving back to my community and world by promoting and inspiring philanthropy in myself and others. I have made this week National Philanthropic Week on Thank you to the AFP for your inspiration.

    Jacqueline / Founder 365give.

  2. Hi Paulette, How can I help? I need to be needed! Regards, Tina