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About National Philanthropy Day®

National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to our lives, our communities and our world.

When NPD was first celebrated in 1986, then-President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation officially recognizing Nov. 15, 1986, as National Philanthropy Day®. Since then, the day has been recognized by numerous state, provincial and local governments across North America.

Noted songwriter Marvin Hamlisch wrote the official NPD song, “Now, More Than Ever.” Sheet music is available on request by contacting AFP’s Public Affairs Department at

The NPD awards program has honored some of the most innovative individuals and organizations in philanthropy (e.g., James Michener, Dorothy and J.B. Fuqua, Dr. Robert Pamplin, Jr., The Kresge Foundation and The Lilly Endowment, to name just a few). AFP chapters nominate their local NPD honorees for AFP’s international awards program, and the winners are recognized at AFP’s annual International Conference on Fundraising.

Past spokespersons for NPD include Bob Hope, Frank Hubbard and Art Linkletter, each of whom have appeared on public service announcements and other communications about the importance of giving and volunteering.

The first lady of Mexico was the featured guest at one of the first NPD celebrations in Mexico in 2002.

National Philanthropy Day® is registered with the Patent and Trademark Office, U.S Department of Commerce.

About the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

AFP is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Founded in 1960, AFP advances philanthropy through its more than 30,000 members in over 200 chapters throughout the world. So that it can promote stewardship, donor trust and effective and ethical fundraising, AFP:

  • Requires members to comply with its Code of Ethical Principles and Standards that is designed to provide concrete guidelines for fundraising professionals in philanthropic organizations. The code is underscored with an enforcement process managed by the AFP Ethics Committee.
  • Was instrumental in creating and maintaining A Donor Bill of Rights, a document that outlines what donors have the right to expect from charitable organizations to which they contribute.
  • Provides information about philanthropy through its:
  • Encourages research on fundraising and philanthropy, including the annual State of Fundraising Survey, the sector’s first look at how organizations fared in their fundraising each year, the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, which seeks to help charities increase their return on fundraising investment and the yearly Compensation and Benefits Study of fundraising salaries.
  • Raises public awareness and interest in philanthropy through programs such as National Philanthropy Day®, Youth in Philanthropy, and the AFP Awards for Philanthropy, and encourages the public to give wisely through education programs and guides.

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