Opinion Letters

LETTER: Recognizing philanthropy

Thousands of people around the world come together.

Philanthropy is the love of human-kind, the desire to promote the welfare of others.

In 2012, the Government of Canada officially recognized Nov. 15 as National Philanthropy Day. National Philanthropy Day recognizes and celebrates the desire of Canadians to make their world better -- in their neighbourhoods, their communities, their country and globally -- through the power of giving. We are a fortunate community in Simcoe County, and the Districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound. We have many generous philanthropists and community investors who believe in and live to give back to others.

On this day, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Central Ontario, and AFP International joins local charities in thanking thousands of people in our communities for giving, volunteering and engaging deeply with charities, large and small.

Thank you for connecting with the causes that bring meaning to your community, and for connecting with others to help change your community for the better.

National Philanthropy Day, on Nov. 15, is the day that we all can highlight the accomplishments, large and small, of every donor and volunteer. It's also a day to inform and educate others that are seeking the opportunities to change lives of the charities that are positively impacting our residents in deep and meaningful, life-changing ways.

You are inspiring! The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Central Ontario, representing the fundraising profession in Central Ontario, provides professional development and research to people working for charities.

On behalf of our members, we sincerely and deeply say, thank you.

Jeanette Heywood

President, AFP Central Ontario

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