Ohio communities celebrate National Philanthropy Day
More than 125 communities across the country – including several in Ohio – will celebrate National Philanthropy Day, sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and its local chapters. Setting aside one day to celebrate how Americans give back to their community began in 1986, when then-President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation officially recognizing November 15 as National Philanthropy Day.
Here in Ohio, the celebrations are mainly luncheon events open to the public that recognize local individuals, companies and foundations for their efforts to improve their communities. These started on November 2, with the AFP of Greater Cleveland Chapter’s event; it recognized OGF member Community Foundation of Lorain County.
The lineup for events in the next few weeks in Ohio includes:
AFP of North Central Ohio on November 9, which is giving its Foundation Leadership Award to OGF member Dominion Foundation;
AFP of Greater Dayton Region Chapter on November 13;
AFP of Greater Cincinnati Chapter on November 15;
AFP of Northwest Ohio Chapter on November 15;
AFP Mahoning/Shenango Chapter on November 15, presenting its Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist award to OGF member PNC;
AFP of Central Ohio Chapter on November 20.
And, as this year’s Ohio Gives report – to be released in December – will show, there is much to celebrate about Ohio philanthropy as it struggles back after the great recession. While still not close to the peak giving we saw in 2008, when giving by individuals and foundations in Ohio reached $7.38 billion, 2010 data show giving totaled about $6.2 billion. As is usually the case, the great majority of the donated dollars — $5 billion – came from individuals, both while living and through their bequests after death.
How will you be celebrating philanthropy this month? Let us know in the comments.