The true power of philanthropy unites us
Nicole Hrehirchuk, President, AFP Manitoba Chapter
This is an extraordinary year; definitively remarkable, arguably pivotal. From a world stopped in its tracks by COVID-19, shaken yet empowered through social justice movements, and weathering a steep economic downturn, in the face of many, many new realities for each one of us, we continue to unite.
We can all find many hardships and tragedies to commiserate over, and rightfully so! You just need to turn on the news or go online, read the newspaper or tune in on the radio to be served a buffet of anxiety-inducing updates, which can leave us feeling powerless.
Can we take charge of how we act and react to what we know is happening in our community? Can we turn a corner and prize stories of compassion, joy and love? Is it possible with the current dynamic and direction of fear-based reporting and news-sharing?
I believe it is.
November 15th is National Philanthropy Day – a day to celebrate good! A special day set aside to recognize the ways that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – enrich our world.
That’s why this year, in the face of tremendous hardship for many people, we will once again come together to celebrate the Manitoba Philanthropy Awards, and the crucial contribution of Manitoba’s fundraising professionals to the tremendous vibrance of our province. Through all the challenges presented this year, we continue to witness heroic acts of generosity and camaraderie.
The outstanding citizens of Manitoba, embodied by our six Manitoba Philanthropy Award recipients, have been dedicated to enriching and advancing our community, from feeding front line workers and volunteering countless hours of their time, to encouraging and inspiring others and enhancing the lives of our future generations.
No sector is without great acts of compassion and selflessness, just as none of us are alone in the uncertainty we face. Hope is alive and well in Manitoba! We donate our time, our talents and our treasure and continue to live up to the title of Canada’s most generous province who donate the highest percentage of their income to charities.
Through the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Manitoba Chapter, we look forward to joining together to honour our peers who strive to make life better for our community. We would love to have you join us online from the comfort of your home or office as we respect the current pandemic guidelines and each other. The Manitoba Philanthropy Awards will take place virtually on November 27, 2020.
Together, we are building Manitoba’s legacy. Let us unite in solidarity to celebrate and honour our community leaders in the prevailing force for good!
Tickets are available until November 25 at noon at mbphilanthropyawards.ca
Please join us!