About Calgary National Philanthropy Day
Philanthropy is the love of humankind. There are examples of philanthropy in the giving of money, goods, services, time, talent, and effort to support community causes and charitable activity. Philanthropy seeks to make the world a better place. Philanthropy Week celebrates this spirit and promotes the importance of involvement and giving at all levels by individuals, companies, and organizations. It provides the framework to educate the community about philanthropy and as members of a world-wide association of professional fundraisers, it’s also a way to say thank-you.
Generosity of Spirit™
The Generosity of Spirit™ program was created to highlight outstanding philanthropy in our community. This is a competitive nomination program resulting in seven Honourees, individuals, companies, and organizations who, through acts of kindness and generosity, have truly changed the world with a giving heart.
Each year the nominating process begins in the spring and honourees are selected by the end of June.
Every philanthropist nominated through the Generosity of Spirit™ program is recognized at a special, invitation-only, reception on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 and again on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at the National Philanthropy Day® Luncheon.
National Philanthropy Day®
National Philanthropy Day® is the fifteenth of November. Calgary’s 15th Annual National Philanthropy Day® Luncheon will be held
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at the BMO Centre. National Philanthropy Day® is a special day set aside once a year to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy – and those active in the philanthropic community – to the enrichment of the world.
This is the flagship event of Philanthropy Week activities, a well attended and inspiring celebration of the work of the nonprofit sector and the inspiring philanthropy of individuals represented by the recognition of seven Generosity of Spirit™ Honourees.
This issues-driven professional development interactive workshop for fundraising professionals, community investment professionals and philanthropists will be held November 17, 2011.
An Awards Reception will be held on November 16, 2011 (following the Professionals’ Forum) to honour and recognize a leader in fundraising, and a leader in community investment.
AFP Calgary &Area Chapter will present the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award to a fundraiser to recognize their career achievements, leadership and contributions to the profession, commitment to continuing education, and contribution to voluntary service and financial support of community organizations.
The Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Leadership Award was inaugurated in 2010 at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon. The 2011 recipient will be honoured and recognized for their outstanding professional and collaborative leadership within the Community Investment discipline and their commitment to strengthening our community through creative strategic partnerships.
The Youth Forum organized by members of Youth Central (know formerly known as Child & Youth Friendly Calgary), is an initiative that teaches young Calgarians about philanthropy and inspires future nonprofit sector leaders. The event is held in the spring of 2012, timing that is compatible with secondary school curriculum and better scheduled to engage youth discussion.