Philanthropy Day

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According to the Association of Fundraising Executives (AFP), “in 2011, more than 125 communities and 50,000 people around the world will participate in National Philanthropy Day events and celebrations.”  In Nevada, nearly 400 nonprofits are participating in Nevada’s Big Give on November 17 in celebration of Philanthropy with a goal to raise over $1 Million for Nevada nonprofits

What is Philanthropy Day?

AFP says that “National Philanthropy Day®, 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.”

“What makes philanthropy so special is that no one is required to give of themselves. There are no national laws or regulations which mandate that you must volunteer or get involved. Philanthropy is so powerful and inspiring precisely because it is voluntary—that through the goodness of our hearts, through our need to connect, through our desire to see a better world, we come together to improve the quality of life for all people.”

“Through your generosity, billions of dollars and volunteer hours are given every year to countless nonprofits and charities around the world. Millions and millions of programs—from feeding the hungry and clothing the needy, curing the sick, saving the environment—happen every day because of you and your commitment to your favorite causes.”


Quotes about Philanthropy

It is more blessed to give than to receive.
(Acts 20:35)

Think of giving not only as a duty but as a privilege.
(John D. Rockefeller)

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
(Helen Keller)

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
(Charles Dickens)

To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.

(Mother Teresa)

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
(Theodore Roosevelt)

Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.

(William Shakespeare)

It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.
(Albert Einstein)

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
(Benjamin Franklin)

They who give have all the things.  They who withhold have nothing.
(Hindu Proverb)

From Association of Fundraising Executives