On November 15th more than 50,000 people in 100 communities will participate in National Philanthropy Day®. The annual event, organized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, recognizes donors, volunteers, businesses, foundations and young people for what they do to improve the quality of life in their communities and around the world.
With the current economy and so many in need, what can we do to encourage and inspire giving in our everyday lives? The answer is simple:
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Teach and inspire philanthropy
Learning to Give, in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, has developed lesson plans for K-12 educators to explain the importance of philanthropy, the significance of National Philanthropy Day, and the role of AFP in the community.
Create a giving challenge among friends, family and colleagues – the person who raises the most money gets to choose the cause. Organize neighbors to participate in a bake sale or yard sale, then donate the profits to a local charity. It’s fun, easy, and helps spread the joy of giving.
Give from the heart
With JustGive, it’s easy to set up a monthly donation, making giving affordable for every budget. Whatever your favorite cause, a little really does go a long way:
- A $25 donation to Reading Partners will supply a student with books and learning materials for the Take Reading Home program; $10 will buy two books for the reading center.
- Want to inspire curiosity and creativity in children? For $50 the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation can refurbish a musical instrument; $20 buys a hands-on science kit for the classroom.
- Blue Planet Run can provide one person with lifetime access to safe drinking water for only $30.
Since 1999 JustGive has sent over $100 million to more than 60,000 charities around the world. We’re driven by our mission to connect you with the causes you care about most! Check out more tips on giving wisely. Feeling inspired? Tell a friend!
– Sarah Myers, Program Manager