National Philanthropy Day is celebrated on November 15 in the United States. This is an important holiday that celebrates good deeds and the spirit of giving. It can manifest itself in everything from charity, volunteering, and occasional help to one’s neighbor. Can you imagine the world without it?
National Philanthropy Day was founded by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, however the concept was invented long before that. American historian Douglas Southall Freeman is considered to be the father of the idea. Since then, it has been celebrated not only in America, but also in other countries, demonstrating the power of “love of mankind” when people come together and do good deeds.
Philanthropy literally translates to “love of mankind” and in the modern concept, this is seen as gratuitous help. It manifests itself in relation to athletes, organizations, poor people, artists, and children’s institutions, among many others.
- Australia is the most generous country in the world, followed by the USA, Ireland, New Zealand, and Canada.
- The largest donation in America was $37 billion, produced by an American entrepreneur in 2010.
- When singer Christina Aguilera got married, she asked the guests not to give gifts and money, instead sending these funds to charities affected by hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
- Albert Einstein, while traveling to America, asked for payment for autographs. The simplest signature cost $1 and with best wishes, $5.
- Elizabeth Taylor auctioned off a ring donated by Richard Burton to raise money for the fight against AIDS.
How to take part
Today, no good deed will go unnoticed. Offer your help to anyone who needs it. Try your hand at volunteering. Share information about the holiday on social media and donate a sum of money to charity.
When is National Philanthropy Day celebrated in 2023?
National Philanthropy Day is observed on November 15 each year.