Manuel Arango, founder of the Mexican Center for Philanthropy, defines philanthropy as “generosity in action.”
That generosity will be seen in full force on Nov. 8 when people representing nonprofits, philanthropists, businesses and volunteers come together to celebrate our vibrant philanthropic community on National Philanthropy Day (NPD).
The NPD luncheon is the signature event for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Cincinnati chapter, hosted this year at Music Hall in downtown Cincinnati. As we prepare to celebrate the power of our collective philanthropy, the AFP NPD Committee is working diligently behind the scenes. NPD truly is a celebration of all the giving, volunteering and charitable engagement that accomplishes so much good in our community.
History is Not Destiny
Along with the luncheon and awards, each year NPD spotlights a crucial portion of work going on in our nonprofit community. For 2018, part of the program will focus on children and the effects of ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) on housing, mental health and education throughout their lives.
Donna Jackson Nakazawa, a frequent contributor for Psychology Today, says, “the beginning of potential recovery starts with understanding how the past can spill into the present, and how a tough childhood can become a tumultuous, challenging adulthood, but there are new possibilities of healing.”
Fittingly, the theme for the 2018 NPD event is “History is not destiny.”
An Opportunity for Stewardship
As you look ahead to NPD, consider these ideas from Jim Hudson, Executive Director, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (DSAGC) and President, Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cincinnati.
- I attend NPD to support what AFP does and to celebrate all our members’ collective philanthropic efforts and impact throughout the year.
- I have started to utilize NPD as a stewardship tool with a few key DSAGC donors. We are not a large nonprofit, but we sponsor a table and our development team strategically invites a few donors – first, to simply spend time with them in an uplifting environment and second, to thank them for their generosity toward our mission.
- As fundraisers make plans for NPD, I hope they will not only register for themselves, but also will ponder whom else to invite. They might consider sponsoring a whole table as a special way of honoring a group of donors.
NPD early registration deadline is Oct. 15. To learn more and register for the celebration, please visit http://www.afpcincinnati.org/2018-national-philanthropy-day/