Happy National Philanthropy Day!

Today, November 15 has been chosen as the special day to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy has made to our lives and our communities.  Because of the work of caring individuals, nonprofits and philanthropic organizations, we are able to make a difference.   Whether we choose to help those who are less fortunate by providing food, shelter and clothing; or we fight to protect endangered species; or choose to become more aware of our impact on the environment and work to lighten our footprint on the planet….these and various other charitable initiatives work together to make the world a better place.

What makes philanthropy so special is that it is not a requirement.  Individuals, organizations and communities choose to volunteer their time, resources and money into these programs to help, give hope, and create positive change.

Today we thank all the charities, nonprofit and community organizations who work so hard to raise money for these worthy causes.  We also thank the general population for opening your hearts and wallets by making donations to the charities of your choice. We also thank you for volunteering your time, and mentoring and inspiring others.

Be sure to check your local community calendars to see if there are any special events you may want to attend in honor of National Philanthropy Day.  And if you haven’t done so for awhile…perhaps you want to make a small online donation to one of your favorite charities today, or consider volunteering your time in a social service project this month.