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A Different Kind of "Idol" and The "Why" of Philanthropy

October 7, 2014

When we talk about philanthropy, it’s often the “what” of giving and volunteering that we focus on: what we gave, what we did and what the impact was.

But often it’s the “why” of philanthropy that’s most inspiring. Why do we get involved? Is it because of one person—perhaps a family member or friend? Someone in the news who inspires you? Or was it a situation where you suddenly realized that you had to get involved? Why are we compelled to help others?

The “why” of philanthropy is why AFP put together its National Philanthropy Day® contest this year: Who is Your Philanthropic Idol? We wanted to know who—or what—inspires you to be a volunteer, donor, advocate or helper.

It’s simple to get involved: just post a short, one-minute video to our website by Oct. 19 explaining who your philanthropic idol and why he, she or it inspires you. Miss the submitting deadline? You can still get involved . Starting Oct. 21, we’ll have public voting, and we’ll announce the top five most popular videos (which each earn the submitter $500 toward their favorite charity) on Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day®.

Also on the website, you can learn about AFP’s own 16 Philanthropic Idols—the finalists for our international awards program—and why they give. From this list of 16, we’ll be honoring at our National Philanthropy Day® Honors event on Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C.

So make your video today and tell us the “why” of your philanthropy. Everyone has their own story for giving and volunteering. Share your story of why you are inspired to change the world.

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