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National Philanthropy Day - Chapter Information

National Philanthropy Day® is a special day set aside on the fifteenth of November.  The purpose of this day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world.

NPD was originally conceived of and organized by Douglas Freeman in the 1980s, and the first official events held in 1986 after President Reagan signed the official NPD proclamation. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. 

Last year, more than 130 AFP chapters held NPD events and activities across North America. In addition, AFP launched #NPDLove, a global social media outreach and awareness campaign to engage the global charitable sector, the philanthropic community, and the public in activities to demonstrate “love of humankind” and highlight how they (or their organization) are helping to change the world.

NPD Chapter Video 2018

NPD 2018 video

AFP has produced a video that chapters are free to use at their National Philanthropy Day (NPD) or other event.

From conversations with chapter NPD chairs from earlier this year, we heard that chapters were looking more for a video that explained what AFP is and does than a video about NPD.

Accordingly, we have strived to create a short, warm, engaging video that talks about the role of fundraisers in the charitable process, and then discusses the mission of AFP and its various programs and services in supporting the profession.

Because some chapters have different themes and logos for NPD, we have not included a particular NPD logo in the video.

The video can be downloaded here. Please email if you have any questions or concerns.


National Philanthropy Day Manual
The National Philanthropy Day® Manual is updated every year and designed to help AFP chapters plan for their annual NPD event (Updated March 2017).

*new* Awards Nominations Forms (Samples)
The nomination forms and criteria that AFP International has used previously for its awards program. Chapters are encouraged to use similar criteria and model their awards along these categories.

Ten Things to Know When Starting Your NPD Event
Here are ten important things to remember when your chapter is starting a new NPD event (or even if your chapter is holding its 20th NPD event).

NPD Ideas
These are ideas, hints and guidelines sent in from AFP chapters about holding a successful NPD event.

About National Philanthropy Day®
National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is a special day set aside on the fifteenth of November. The purpose of this day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy -- and those people active in the philanthropic community -- to the enrichment of our world.   

National Philanthropy Day® - Logos
AFP has released the new National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) logo, effective 2007, and has prepared a number of different file formats of the NPD logo so that chapters can use the highest quality images.

NPD Chapter Media Guide
Everything a chapter needs to reach out to local media outlets and increase awareness and coverage of its NPD event.   

NPD Song/Sheet Music
The sheet music for the official song of National Philanthropy Day, written by noted songwriter Marvin Hamlisch.   

NPD Sample Chapter Materials
Some AFP chapters have provided AFP International Headquarters with materials that they have used for their local NPD events for other chapters to review and use. These sample are below.   

AFP Giving Guides
These two giving guides (American and Canadian versions) provide wise giving tips for the public. Chapters may find some of the material useful in their own public education efforts for NPD.     

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