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Canada’s Senate Passes NPD Legislation

(Dec. 13, 2011) On Dec. 1, 2011, Canada’s Senate passed Bill S-201 that would permanently recognize National Philanthropy Day® every Nov. 15. Senator Terry M. Mercer, CFRE (Liberal, Nova Scotia-Northend Halifax) introduced Bill S-201 this past June.

The bill was introduced in the House of Commons on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 by the Honorable Geoff Regan (Liberal, Halifax West, NS) and received first reading that same day. The Bill is scheduled for second reading debate on March 5, 2012. This date may change as it was chosen with the assumption that the House of Commons would sit until Friday, Dec. 16.  However, it is possible that the House of Commons will adjourn on Tuesday, December 13.  The Senate will sit after that day to pass some of the Government’s priority legislations.

Last year, the Senate passed the previous version of the bill and the House of Commons was poised to pass it as well. Unfortunately, the House was unable to take action prior to the election, and the bill died.

NPD acknowledges the entire spectrum of support provided by the voluntary sector and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. An estimated 50,000 people attend more than 125 NPD events and celebrations across North America every year. Celebrations take place in every province and major metropolitan area in Canada.

During National Philanthropy Day and throughout the month of November, Canadian AFP chapters honor exemplary local philanthropists, volunteer fundraisers, corporations, foundations, media outlets, children and young adults, and fundraisers at every level for their outstanding work in and contributions to the community. They also use this special occasion as a chance to educate the public about the importance of informed charitable giving and meaningful volunteerism.



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