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National Philanthropy Day® Celebrates Everyone Involved in Changing the World

November 13, 2012

National Philanthropy Day® (NPD), officially recognized on Nov. 15, will be celebrated in more than 100 communities around the world with a variety of different events, contests and awards.

First celebrated in 1986, NPD is the day the charitable sector uses to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments that philanthropy—and those involved in the philanthropic process—have made to communities around the world.

NPD brings together the entire philanthropic community—donors, volunteers, businesses, corporations, foundations, charities and young people, all working to improve the quality of life in their communities and change the world with a giving heart. Outstanding individuals and organizations are recognized for their extraordinary efforts on the local level, and the most extraordinary honorees are recognized on the international level with AFP’s Awards for Philanthropy.

This year, members and chapters can keep in touch with all of the NPD events and news though several websites and social media sites, including the official NPD website at The site includes an assortment of information about NPD, including facts, statistics, videos, talking points and a list of NPD events.

Check out our NPD Facebook page at NPD also has its own account on Twitter: Let us know what you’re doing on NPD and how you’re making a difference by tweeting to the hashtag #afpnpd.

And just in case you wanted more fun about NPD, you may not know that noted songwriter Marvin Hamlisch wrote the official NPD song, “Now, More Than Ever.” The sheet music and lyrics are available for download here.

“National Philanthropy Day reminds us of what we can achieve and what lies ahead in the future,” says Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP. “Even as we celebrate NPD and our achievements, we also celebrate the promise of tomorrow and how working together, we create a stronger and more vibrant and just world. I’m grateful to our chapters for all of their hard work in putting together NPD locally and recognizing the incredible work that happens in their communities.”

Canada Milestone

This year, Canada became the first country to recognize NPD permanently through passage of a bill sponsored by Senator Terry Mercer, CFRE. In honor of passage, AFP is working with TELUS, the first ever Canadian company to earn AFP’s Award for Outstanding Corporation, on a Twitter contest for all Canadians.

On Nov. 15, Canadians can tweet to #npdTELUS what they’re doing to change the world and make their communities a better place. The top five most inspiring, innovative and/or creative tweets will earn the senders a $500 donation in their name to one of their favorite charities.

The official NPD website for Canada (—which contains all sort of information to help Canadians maximize the impact of their giving—will have a running screen of all the #npdTELUS tweets so Canadians can see what their fellow citizens are doing to give back on National Philanthropy Day®.

“Through the How Are You Changing the World campaign and our partnership with TELUS, we hope to bring Canadians together through technology so they can get inspired by what others are doing,” said Watt. “TELUS was the first ever Canadian company to win the prestigious AFP Award for Outstanding Corporation for their philanthropic efforts, so this partnership was just natural for us, and we are so pleased they are working with us to promote NPD and charitable engagement.”

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