National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is a celebration of philanthropy—giving, volunteering and charitable engagement—that highlights the contributions that our neighbors who are active in philanthropy have made to our lives, our communities and our world.
NPD was originally conceived of and organized by Douglas Freeman in the 1980s. The first official events were held in 1986, when President Reagan signed the official NPD proclamation. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of charitable giving and all that is has made possible. NPD celebrates the selfless contributions individuals and organizations make to countless causes and missions around the world.
While celebrated globally, NPD is also a grassroots movement to increase public interest and awareness of the importance of philanthropy. NPD showcases effective philanthropy, inspiring new ideas and initiatives that strengthen our community.
Celebrate philanthropy in the Triangle! Honor those people whose philanthropy makes a difference to North Carolina.
Outstanding Young Philanthropist: Honor an individual or a group of individuals age 21 or younger who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the community through their direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering or leadership in philanthropy.
Excellence in Philanthropy: Celebrating an individual, couple, or group of people whose legacy of achievement is built upon impactful giving that includes innovative and exciting ways of encouraging and raising philanthropy.
Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: Recognize a non-profit, religious or other organization having demonstrated consistent investments in the community, and/or innovative and impactful approaches to solving community problems.
Outstanding Corporation: Honors a business or corporate foundation that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.
Outstanding Fundraising Professional:
Celebrating commitment to the fundraising profession, knowledge of the industry and leadership. This individual exemplifies the ethics and standards set forth by AFP, has a track record of advancing philanthropy in their workplace and the greater community, and is a current AFP member in good standing.