National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration


National Philanthropy Day in Victoria will take place on November 16, 2018


National Philanthropy Day is an event started by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1986. National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is celebrated around the world as a day to recognize the work of charities and remember the extraordinary achievements that philanthropy-giving, volunteering and social engagement-has made in all aspects of life. In Canada, NPD is recognized on November 15 as a national day.

In Victoria, we will celebrate NPD with a number of events, including the NPD reception and awards ceremony on November 16th at the Victoria Conference Centre. In addition, NPD will include a Master Session for fundraising professionals and a youth session called the Agents of Change.

The National Philanthropy Day Awards Ceremony acknowledges the dedication and passion of finalists in the following categories:
  • Generosity of Spirit Award, sponsored by The United Way of Greater Victoria
  • Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award, Bayview Place
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Community Award sponsored by Camosun College
  • Corporate Responsibility Award, sponsored by the University of Victoria
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (5-10 years old), sponsored by the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (11 - 18 years old), sponsored by TELUS

Joe-Roberts.jpgAs well, the program also includes a keynote address by Joe Roberts, the Skidrow CEO. Joe is an inspirational example of overcoming adversity and managing change.

In 1989, Joe was homeless and living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside when a life changing situation left him making a promise to himself. That day, he vowed that if his life was spared, he would pay it forward. Twelve years later, Joe found himself as a celebrated CEO and in 2017, he triumphantly wrapped up an inspiring act of courage that involved pushing a shopping cart a staggering 9,064 kilometers across Canada in the name of youth homelessness prevention. This very act birthed a national awareness campaign called The Push for Change, inspiring fellow Canadians to create ripple effects of transformation in the lives of at-risk youth throughout the country.


Event Details for NPD

Where: The Victoria Conference Centre

When: Friday, November 16, 2018 from 4:00 - 6:30 pm

What: Cocktail reception to honour the nominees and announce the winners in each of the six award categories.