About NPD

What Is 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 NPDLove.com 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.