A month of giving thanks – and giving
I saw a statistic recently that said 34% of all charitable donations will be received in these last two months of the year. Given the data I’ve just been reviewing for our soon-to-be released Ohio Gives report, that’s could be more $1.5 billion just here in Ohio. It’s not a lot of money if you think about the federal budget – or its deficit – but it’s the lifeblood in communities large and small, urban, rural and exurban across the state. For community foundations, United Ways and nonprofits of all kinds, this time of year means long hours, lots of social media work to connect with donors and a push to a big finish.
Part of this push comes from the designation of November 15 as National Philanthropy Day. It’s a day that celebrates the many types of philanthropy, such as giving and volunteering, and the many contributions those choosing to engage in philanthropy have made over the past year. It began back in 1986, when President Reagan declared the first such National Philanthropy Day; since then, local chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals have held celebrations recognizing outstanding philanthropic organizations, fundraisers and youth philanthropists. It is now international in scope, not just limited to the U.S.
Here in Ohio, there are a number of such events, including some that are presenting awards to our members:
• Central Ohio AFP will honor the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and Michelle Cramer on November 24;
• NW Ohio AFP will honor KeyBank on November 12;
• Greater Dayton Region AFP will recognize Dayton Foundation President Mike Parks on Nov. 10; and
• Greater Cleveland AFP will recognize the Burton D. Morgan Foundation on November 6.
Congratulations to these honorees for their dedication and commitment!
Another date that will push donations into high gear is #GivingTuesday, a global day for giving back that comes the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Eat your turkey, shop until you drop on Black Friday, shop on your computer on Cyber Monday and then donate to your favorite charities on Tuesday, December 1.
Stay tuned for the release of the most recent data on how Ohio foundations, individuals, United Ways and others invested in their communities, but here’s a hint: the total giving we’ll be reporting for 2013 is over $7 billion.
Claudia Y.W. Herrold