November 15th National Philanthropy Day

Today we celebrate all those who literally spend their time and money on helping others. Their time is extremely important, their money even more so. The day was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1985. Fundraising drives many good groups that bring things those less fortunate badly need. Schools operate nearly all after school programs on fundraising. All those candies sold, magazines read and the dozens of other means of fundraising are well known to us. We may be annoyed, at times, but we have to remember that they are for good causes.

How to celebrate – Become, or join, a fundraising group. Support those groups you know need funding. Thank any Philanthropist you know.

November 15th National Philanthropy Day

Today we “recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in philanthropy community – have made to our lives, our communities and our world.”

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The only issue here is, it’s basically a “thanks for the cash”. When donated expecting nothing in return, it is truly a gift that merits appreciation from everyone. It doesn’t have to be large, it just needs to be given in the right heart.


November is filled with thoughts of giving and days of honoring those around us. Probably because we think of Thanksgiving, family and the holidays that celebrate those events. But giving is needed year round and philanthropy is a way to give back and pay it forward. It is hard for those who cannot put a meal n the table to be philanthropic.  That makes it even more important for those who can.

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While the greatest honors always go to those who give the most it really should be given to those who give the most according to what they can afford. A true philanthropist is the person who gives 50 cents when all they have is a dollar verses those that give a thousand dollars when they have ten million.

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The point is, we should all give when we can and not be too proud to receive when we are in need. National Philanthropy Day is believed to have started in 1985 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In other words, groups that make money by raising money for others. It may be required, it shouldn’t be needed.

How to celebrate – Thank those who give, no matter how much it is they give. Give what you can afford and only take what you need. Make sure who you donate to properly awards the money they collected.