President Reagan declared November 15 National Philanthropy Day back in 1986 and the tradition of celebrating philanthropy has grown worldwide and here in Ohio. It’s a day that recognizes all who volunteer their time, treasure and talent to make a difference in communities, through large gestures and small but all coming from a generosity of spirit and concern for their neighbors next door and around the world.
Here in Ohio, chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrate philanthropy in their local communities throughout the month, honoring local companies, nonprofits and individuals for their charitable contributions to their local communities. We also congratulate our members who won philanthropy awards this year.
Nov 1: AFP Northeast Ohio
Nov. 7: AFP Cincinnati
Nov. 8: AFP Greater Cleveland Outstanding Philanthropist – Debra Hershey Guren
Nov. 13: AFP Northwest Ohio|
Nov. 15: AFP Dayton & AFP Mahoning-Shenango Chapter
Nov. 20: AFP Greater Springfield
Nov. 26: Central Ohio AFP Outstanding Foundation – Ariel Foundation; Outstanding Large Corporation – American Electric Power
Here at Philanthropy Ohio we also celebrate our 2019 Philanthropy Award winners, recognizing outstanding achievements in four categories: lifetime achievement, innovation, emerging leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy. You can read about this year’s winners and their achievements, which we recognized during our Philanthropy Forward ’19 conference.
Ohio has a strong tradition of philanthropy, as demonstrated by the $5.98 billion given to nonprofits by individuals or the $2 billion provided by grantmakers. We celebrate these contributions year-round but especially during November’s National Philanthropy Day.
Claudia Y.W. Herrold
Senior VP, Communications & Public Policy