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Senate-Passed NPD Bill Introduced in Canada’s House of Commons

(June 9, 2009) Efforts to create an official day for philanthropy in Canada are again gaining traction in Parliament.

Michael Savage (MP, Liberal, Dartmouth-Cole-Harbour) introduced a bill in the House of Commons last Wednesday, June 3, that would create the first permanent government-recognized National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) in the world.

Last week, the Senate approved its version of the bill, S-217, that was introduced by Sen. Jerahmiel S. Grafstein (Liberal, Metro Toronto)

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

AFP’s understanding is that the bill likely will be considered for passage in the House sometime this fall. If needed, AFP will issue a call-to-action and ask members to contact their members of Parliament in support of the legislation.

National Philanthropy Day

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.

More information about NPD can be found here on the AFP website.

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