Parliament Considers Bill to Permanently Recognize NPD
(June 8, 2010) On March 4, 2010, Senator Terry M. Mercer, CFRE (Liberal, Nova Scotia-Northend Halifax) introduced Bill S-203 that would permanently recognize National Philanthropy Day every November 15th. The bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. On June 3, 2010, the bill was heard at Committee and will be reported back to the Senate on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, where it will await 3rd reading.
Last fall, the Minister of Canadian Heritage officially declared Nov. 15, 2009, as National Philanthropy Day® in Canada. Canada is the first country to officially recognize National Philanthropy Day since its creation in 1986. The Minister's declaration continues in perpetuity, so the recognition will continue each year unless a Minister were to revoke the declaration. Bill S-203 would make National Philanthropy Day permanent.
National Philanthropy Day is celebrated around the world as a day to recognize the work of charities and remember the extraordinary achievements that philanthropy-giving, volunteering and social engagement-has made in all aspects of life.