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Planting the seeds of compassion in our children….

This past weekend I was in San Francisco working with the nonprofit  Project Giving Kids, an amazing organization that helps families connect with  incredible philanthropic opportunities. Their motto is “connecting kids to causes” with the hopes of planting the seeds of compassion in our children. Honestly, it was the perfect way to kick off the season of giving and to celebrate tomorrow’s National Philanthropy Day.

I think so often when we hear the word philanthropy we think of fancy parties, old school wealth and privilege, when in reality philanthropy literally means the love of humankind. In 1986, Ronald Reagan proclaimed November 15th as National Philanthropy Day to bring the world together to recognize and celebrate the work that volunteers and donors bring into our communities each and everyday to make our world better.

Watching young children participating in a multitude of service projects at Project Giving Kids Create the Change Day gave me hope for the future. With all the negatively in our world, seeing young children and families helping others was truly witnessing the love of humankind…..and that is something I hope we can all experience not just tomorrow….but everyday.

 

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National Philanthropy Day

thank-you2I know, I know it seems that every week I am posting today is volunteer day, or service day or some sort of volunteer related holiday that you have never heard of….I promise I don’t make this stuff up! Today really is National Philanthropy Day, I promise it is not an ask but simply a celebration of you.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals put together this day to recognize you for making our communities and world better because of your service. Each year billions of dollars and volunteer hours are given to countless non-profit organizations around the world because of you and your commitment to your causes.

The goal of today is for charities from around the world to simply say thank you for your support, your time, you’re giving. So, if you don’t hear from your favorite cause, don’t get grumpy, consider yourself recognized and thanked right here and now.

Thank you for all you do, give and share. You make our world better simply by being in it. Enjoy your day!

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National Philanthropy Day

I was raised by a mother who believed that thank you notes should be written for most everything. If someone performed a random act of kindness or a thoughtful unexpected gesture, then a note must have been sent immediately to acknowledge this.

People are innately good and decent and kind.  We all give and do what we can from the goodness within us. We do not do anything for the acknowledgement, attention or a note.  In all of my years in the non-profit world, the most generous were also those who did not need recognition.  We do not give for a note. We give because we care.

Tomorrow is a day that basically tries to give “thank you notes” or recognition to those that give. The irony is of course that each of us gives our time or talent to whatever it is that speaks to who we are. We are not required to give, we give because we are human and we care for one another. The power of philanthropy or charity is that it is driven purely by our own unique goodness to make our world a better place.

In 2012, more than 125 communities and 50,000 people around the world will participate in National Philanthropy Day events and celebrations. These events include award ceremonies, galas, luncheons, seminars and other special events. Outstanding donors, volunteers, corporations, foundations, small businesses, youth in philanthropy and others will be honored on NPD in recognition of their work in improving their communities and their world every day. It is sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Whether you receive a “thank you note”, an award, an acknowledgment or more likely…do not. Consider yourself thanked right here and now. You are acknowledged for your incredible compassion, kindness, humanity, service and love for your fellow-man. It isn’t the note, or the money, or the time, it is the gift of you to another.

Congratulations to you.  Charity Matters.

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