National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day® is a special day set aside on the fifteenth of November. The purpose of this day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world.

NPD was originally conceived of and organized by Douglas Freeman in the 1980s, and the first official events held in 1986 after President Reagan signed the official NPD proclamation. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. 

Last year, more than 130 AFP chapters held NPD events and activities across North America. In addition, AFP launched #NPDLove and the website, a global social media outreach and awareness campaign to engage the global charitable sector, the philanthropic community, and the public in activities to demonstrate “love of humankind” and highlight how they (or their organization) are helping to change the world.

National Philanthropy Day® Links

  • The Official AFP National Philanthropy Day Website
    Including information on NPD events, wise giving, how to make the most effective gifts and other information about philanthropy. (For donors, volunteers and supporters of charity, philanthropy and NPD)
  • Website
    The grassroots movement to spread the idea of philanthropy around the world and share the love and impact that each person can create.