About National Philanthropy Day

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Award nominations are now open for the 33rd Annual National Philanthropy Day! For award criteria and to make your nominations, click here.

National Philanthropy Day Breakfast Roundtable
Thursday, October 10 from 8AM - 12PM at the Durfee Innovation Society at Life Remodeled, Detroit

Panel discussions featuring Detroit's top philanthropy leaders


National Philanthropy Day Awards Dinner
Wednesday, November 13 at The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Recognizing outstanding awardees and the importance of community philanthropy


For information on the 2023 National Philanthropy Day, including event photos, distinguished volunteers, and television recording links, please click here.
Stay tuned, as more information on this year's celebration becomes available!



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.