National Philanthropy Day – Nov. 15, 2019

National Philanthropy Day is celebrated annually on November 15. This day signifies the importance of working together for the common good. Philanthropic deeds come in all different shapes and sizes — charitable giving, volunteering, etc. — and on National Philanthropy Day, no act of kindness goes unnoticed. President Reagan first proclaimed November 15 as National Philanthropy Day in 1986, and communities all throughout the world have celebrated the importance of this occasion ever since. (

On National Philanthropy Day, Between The Lines/Squeaky Wheel Productions celebrates the extraordinary change that fundraising and philanthropy have helped to create in our world – particularly in the efforts of courageous activists, journalists and academic scholars giving voice to the voiceless and the powerless.

Today, Between The Lines honors the important humanitarian aid by the group No More Deaths, several of whose volunteers have been charged and convicted of multiple misdemeanors for providing emergency supplies. See Between The Lines’ story here.

Other ways to observe National Philanthropy Day:

1. Become an activist or volunteer

Go out and find a cause or volunteer opportunity that interests you. Possibilities range from immigrant rights, prison reform, environmental sustainability, interfaith networking to picking up and delivering supplies for a food pantry, and even community gardening in your neighborhood or town.

2. Give a shout out on social media

Bring awareness to this important day by talking about it and celebrating the work of your favorite nonprofits on your social media accounts. The more people that know about this day, the better.

3. Donate to charity

Donations can come in the form of time or money, so even if you’re a little strapped for cash, there are still ways that you can make a major difference.

4. Become a member of a crowdfunding community

Become a member of a crowdfunding community and provide sustaining support for their projects.

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