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Communities Across North America Celebrate National Philanthropy Day®

November 15, 2011

Today more than 50,000 people in nearly 100 communities across North America will celebrate National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) and recognize the extraordinary accomplishments that philanthropy—and those involved in the philanthropic process—have made to the world.

During these NPD celebrations, communities will come together to honor outstanding donors, volunteers, foundations, businesses, youth and nonprofit leaders who are improving the quality of life for all people.  NPD, sponsored by Visa Inc., is coordinated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and a list of all NPD events can be found here at the official NPD website.

“With so many people in need, philanthropy—giving, volunteering and charity engagement—has never been more important,” said Andrew Watt, FInstF, president and CEO of AFP. “National Philanthropy Day is how we say ‘thank you’ to the people and organizations that are creating positive change and making a difference in countless communities around the world. But it’s also a call for everyone to get involved because it’s going to take all of us—working together—to solve the increasingly large, overarching problems that our society faces.”

National Philanthropy Day® was first recognized in 1986 through a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan. The official NPD website features a list of community events, a video about National Philanthropy Day®, updated data on giving and volunteering, ethical guidance and tips, and other information on philanthropy.

In addition, AFP’s Change the World With a Giving—and Wise—Heart website provides advice for donors on identifying legitimate charities and lists different and unique ways donors can support a charity, such as using payroll giving options or contributing credit card or airline travel points. The website also identifies the five “P’s” of wise giving—passionate, proactive, prepare, plan and powerful—and how donors can become more effective and efficient in their giving.

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