National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day is an annual observance on November 15 that is designated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) to celebrate charitable activities in the form of donated financial, in-kind, and volunteering support.

It is celebrated with blog postings by AFP that highlight outstanding charitable activities, as well as luncheons and awards throughout the United States, as well as other places in North and South America, by different AFP chapters.


The Association of Fundraising Professionals' (AFP) National Philanthropy Day was created in 1986 by philanthropist Douglas Freeman of Orange County, California,[1] and formalized by then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who signed a proclamation recognizing November 15 as National Philanthropy Day in the US.[2][3][4]

In 2012, the Government of Canada signed the National Philanthropy Day Act into law, declaring November 15 as the annual celebration of National Philanthropy Day as well.[5]


National Philanthropy Day is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The official National Philanthropy Day song, "Now More Than Eve,," was written by Marvin Hamlisch.[6][7] The day has been celebrated by AFP chapters across the US, including San Diego, California,[8][9] Toledo, Ohio,[10] Chattanooga, Tennessee,[11] and Detroit, Michigan.[12]

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  1. ^ "About - What is NPD?".
  2. ^ "Ronald Reagan: Remarks on the Observance of National Philanthropy Day".
  3. ^ "National Philanthropy Day". Association of Fundraising Professionals. 2018-09-05. Retrieved 2021-11-16.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 17, 2014. Retrieved 2017-06-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link), National Philanthropy Day,, retrieved 19 June 2017
  5. ^ "Honouring the Spirit of Giving: National Philanthropy Day". McGill University Health Centre. Retrieved 2021-11-16.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 25, 2005. Retrieved 2018-02-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link), National Philanthropy Day page at, retrieved 19 June 2017
  7. ^ Marvin Hamlisch (1986). Now More Than Ever (PDF)., retrieved 19 June 2017
  8. ^ "Sharp Mary Birch Celebrates 25 Years". June 5, 2017. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help) San Diego Magazine, retrieved 19 June 2017
  9. ^ "National Philanthropy Day honors O.C. folks who give back in a big way". June 5, 2017. The Orange County Register, retrieved 19 June 2017
  10. ^ "Local philanthropists lauded". November 17, 2015. Toledo Blade, retrieved 19 June 2017
  11. ^ "Civic Leader Tom Edd Wilson Dies Just After Leading Erlanger Children's Hospital Campaign". June 11, 2017. The Chattanoogan, retrieved 19 June 2017
  12. ^ "8 honored for 2016 National Philanthropy Day awards". October 23, 2016. Crain's Detroit Business, retrieved 19 June 2017

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