National Philanthropy Day November 15

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, philanthropy is defined as “good will to fellow members of the human race; especially :active effort to promote human welfare”

But these days, most of us probably tie the word to a monetary donation. And there might even be a significant number of people who use the word only to describe those people at the very highest level of giving.

But that’s not what it’s all about

 

Five years ago, Canada became the first country to permanently recognize November 15th as National Philanthropy Day.

It’s mean to encourage giving at all levels, and not only on a monetary basis.  Giving of your time, skills and energy has a great deal of value to every non-profit organization, and your passion will likely inspire others!    Don’t be shy…..spreading the word about your good work is always a great idea.

As we head toward the holiday season, you’ll hear a lot more about giving, and about the many needs which our communities have.    While you’re considering who to support, here’s some good information on how to make your donations work to your own benefit.

Sadly, of course, there are too many people who will take advantage of your kindness through charity scams.     It’s a concern or us as well, because it appears more and more people translate their concern about fraud, into a smaller level of giving to legitimate organization

Here are a few things to think about as you consider donating

  1.  Charity scams are often quite common after large scale disasters.  The aftermath of the Fort McMurray wildfires offer some examples     It’s easy to get swept up in the emotion.  Make sure you do your homework   Canada Revenue offers a convenient search tool to find out if a charity is registered
  2. Both door to door, and online scams are common.   And they can often come with a significant amount of pressure.   If you’re feeling that, walk away.   You’re making an investment in what you hope to be a good cause.   And you need to feel comfortable.
  3. Legitimate charitable organizations will always be willing to share their information for you.   Transparency is important.   For example on our website, you’ll find names and information of all the people who oversee what we do in the community.

 

We’d love to have you support National Philanthropy Day.