Giving… t’is the season

There have been some inspiring occasions lately that have given us the opportunity to celebrate and recognize philanthropy: National Philanthropy Day on November 15th, and then #GivingTuesday, which took place this past Tuesday. #GivingTuesday is the philanthropic response to the more commercial/consumer-based “holidays” of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I know many non-profit organizations took advantage of #GivingTuesday, and I hope they were all successful in their efforts!!!

Moreover, this time of year – whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or nothing specific – is all about giving. Giving presents, giving time to organizations in need, or giving time to yourself, your family, and your friends… It can also be about giving philanthropically, but it doesn’t have to be! My thought is that it’s worthwhile to try to find a balance in this season – giving presents, receiving presents, carving out time for yourself and your loved ones, giving to those in need whether through time or financial resources, and taking a moment (if not more) to be grateful for the wonderful things you have in life.

In closing, I wanted to share a meaningful and poignant quote I saw posted on my friend Dan’s Facebook page.

Money is either a good or bad influence, according to the character of the person who possesses it. It’s true. Money has no character, no personality, no values. Its actions only reflect the desires of its owner. Money can build great hospitals and schools, or it can be gambled away or squandered on meaningless possessions. Money may build museums to house beautiful works of art, it may construct beautiful houses of worship — or it may be used to create instruments of war and destruction. As you build your personal wealth, make sure you build your character by setting aside a portion of your income to help others. Choose a church, a charity, or a cause that you can enthusiastically support. Then give of your money and your time in support of that cause. The primary beneficiary of such noble actions is always the one who gives, not the one who receives.

 

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Written by Maeve Strathy

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HAPPY NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY!!!

NPD.Sig.Hor.ColorI wanted to write a rare off-schedule post to recognize this special day of the year: National Philanthropy Day!!! 

National Philanthropy Day – celebrated on November 15th since 1986 – 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.” (National Philanthropy Day – Official Website)

I’m proud to live in Canada because our Parliament recognized this significant day last year with a new bill.  This is an official day!  An official day to celebrate the meaningful time, talent, and treasure given by generous people from coast to coast.

I’m also proud to work in this field; a field where on a daily basis I get to experience the selflessness and passion of people who want to make an impact and a difference for the causes and organizations they support.  It is a beautiful thing!

 

Written by Maeve Strathy

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Maeve is the Founder of What Gives Philanthropy and has been working in educational fundraising for the past 6 years.  Click here to learn more about Maeve.

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National Philanthropy Day

Happy National Philanthropy DayWhat Gives’ readers!

As a Canadian and a fundraiser, I couldn’t be prouder that Canada has become the first country in the world to permanently recognize November 15th as National Philanthropy Day® (NPD).  Bill S-201 has given us the opportunity to officially honour the work of charities, donors, volunteers, corporations, and foundations.

I found this quote via the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and I absolutely love it:
“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.”

Today I will be making an effort to tweet more than usual, sharing some great quotes about philanthropy that I find.  Be sure to tune in and follow me at @fundraisermaeve.

For more on National Philanthropy Day, the current state of philanthropy, videos, celebrations, contests, and more, check out Canada’s official NPD website (supported by AFP): www.nationalphilanthropyday.com.

Also, join the conversation on Twitter by tweeting what you’re doing to change the world in an online contest presented by AFP with support from TELUS. The five most inspiring, innovative and creative tweets sent to #npdTELUS will earn the senders a $500 contribution to the charity of their choice.

 

Written by Maeve Strathy

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Maeve is the Founder of What Gives Philanthropy and has been working in educational fundraising for the past 6 years.  Click here to learn more about Maeve.

Connect with Maeve via:
Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Email