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June 15, 2008

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.

NPD provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible.  First held in 1986, NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions.  Last year, more than 100 AFP chapters held NPD events and activities across North America. 

Through NPD, participants are able to show appreciation for all that has been accomplished in the name of giving, as well as show that there is still more to do.  It's our chance to step into the spotlight for a brief moment and remind our communities, our society and the world that the spirit of giving is alive and well. 

NPD, which is registered with the Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, is coordinated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  The publication of the NPD Manual is made possible, in part, by a grant from the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy.

We hope your chapter will choose to be active in celebrating this year's NPD, and we encourage you to work with other organizations in your community to promote it.   The philanthropic community is strong yet varied, and each individual voice is equally important on this day of recognition and reflection.

The AFP Board has voted to make November 15 the permanent date of National Philanthropy Day™. Although AFP recognizes that some chapters need to use an alternate date(s) to host their event, it encourages chapters to hold events in November to maximize branding efforts.


AFP encourages chapters to work with other organizations in establishing and holding NPD celebrations. By involving others, you help spread the word about NPD and get the added benefit of their expertise, contacts and support. 

A list of the original participants of NPD is given below.  AFP encourages you to contact local affiliates of these organizations and encourage them to become involved in your chapter’s NPD celebration.  This list is by no means exhaustive, however, and chapters are urged to work with any group or entity that promotes the values and spirit of NPD. Many chapters work with local community foundations or planned giving councils.

Chapters should also consider partnering with other chapters in their local area or state/province to increase awareness of NPD.  For example, all of AFP’s chapters in Canada celebrate NPD on the same day and coordinate public relations and awareness activities, including advertising in national and regional papers.


  • American Association of Fundraising Counsel
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
  • Brakeley, John Price Jones Inc.
  • Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • Council of Jewish Welfare Funds and Federations
  • Council on Foundations
  • The Foundation Center
  • Freeman, Freeman and Smiley
  • Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
  • The Russ Reid Company
  • United Negro College Fund
  • United Way of America
  • World Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists

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