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Canadian National Philanthropy Day Legislation Awaits Passage in the House

(Sept. 8, 2009) On June 2, 2009, the Senate approved a bill that would create the first permanent government-recognized National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) in the world. The bill will likely be considered in the House of Commons in October.

Michael Savage (MP, Liberal, Dartmouth-Cole-Harbour) introduced the bill in the House of Commons on June 3, 2009 where the bill now awaits action. The bill, S-217, was introduced on Jan. 26 of this year by Sen. Jerahmiel S. Grafstein (Liberal, Metro Toronto).

The bill likely will be considered by the House of Commons in October. AFP is contemplating a Lobby Day prior to that time. In the meantime, every member of AFP should be working individually to urge their MP for their assistance for the fall session when the NPD legislation is expected to be considered.
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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