About National Philanthropy Day

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This year, the 31st annual National Philanthropy Day will be celebrated on three different occasions. We will celebrate the power of philanthropy in-person and kick off the festivities with a special morning of roundtable discussions on October 27, our National Philanthropy Day Gala on November 3, and our televised show on November 18. We'd love to have you be a part of this year's exciting events! 

Roundtable Breakfast
October 27 at Life Remodeled, Detroit
A series of Philanthropy Roundtables will take place at Life Remodeled and will include some of Detroit’s top philanthropy leaders, how philanthropy is changing, and highlight the impact of philanthropy on our community.

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National Philanthropy Day Gala
November 3 at MotorCity Casino Hotel, Detroit
We're bringing back our National Philanthropy Day Awards Gala! The gala will include the presentation of AFP's annual awards, honor Distinguished Volunteers, and recognize the importance of philanthropy and coming together as a community.

National Philanthropy Day Televised Show
November 18 from 8:00-9:30 PM on Detroit Public Television
Watch the Full Show Here!

Lastly, Detroit Public Television will broadcast a television show highlighting the roundtable discussions and this years honorees.

Funds raised through this event support the programming, outreach, professional development, and educational efforts of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter. 

What is National Philanthropy Day?

National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside during the month of November, with the purpose of recognizing 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.

AFP chapters hold 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.