National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) (November 15th) 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 in our lives, our communities and our world. It reminds us of what we can achieve and what lies ahead in the future. As we celebrate NPD and our achievements, we celebrate the promise of a better tomorrow.
- NPD is a celebration of philanthropy—giving, volunteering and charitable engagement—that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy makes to our society and our world. It celebrates charitable accomplishments and encourages Canadians to give back to their communities.
- AFP’s 20 chapters across Canada honour incredible work by philanthropists, volunteers, corporations, foundations, fundraisers, youth and so many others every year on National Philanthropy Day. Chapter awards play a crucial role in recognizing and rewarding meaningful community involvement, whether they are individual philanthropists, committed volunteers, or organizations driving change. Awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of time, leadership, and financial support of a special group of Canadians who set new benchmarks of excellence in the acts of giving and volunteering.
- In 2012, Canada became the first country to officially permanently recognize NPD, setting a new model for other countries to follow. As Canadians, we have an opportunity to recognize the hard work that takes place in our communities and the impact that is made and felt. It is the impact of our gifts that leads to such extraordinary change.