It is Nonprofit Awareness Month – a great time for organizations to step back and celebrate the hard work done so far and to honor those who have made a difference within the organization and the community. Organizations can also use this time as an opportunity to bring new awareness to their cause, and individuals can contribute or lend a helping hand to various charities and organizations.
For one organization, it is a time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of members, volunteers and donors alike. Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) across the nation and in other countries such as China, Mexico and Canada will present awards to selected members at National Philanthropy Day award ceremonies on Nov. 15.
National Philanthropy Day was established and first celebrated by AFP in 1986 as a way to honor individuals and businesses making a difference in their communities and around the world through philanthropic work.
AFP is an organization dedicated to setting and maintaining high standards of ethical fundraising and philanthropy. “Our primary responsibility is ensuring that our members and other fundraising professionals are current in best practices and understand the ethics of fundraising,” explains Kelly Brandon, volunteer chair of Philanthropy Day for the Western NC Chapter and director of resources of the Mountain Area Child and Family Center.
Each AFP chapter will present awards in categories such as outstanding philanthropist, outstanding volunteer in philanthropy, outstanding business in philanthropy and outstanding youth in philanthropy.
Bo Dean, officer of the Cape Fear Chapter and director of ACCESS/Miracle Field of Wilmington, won the Volunteer of the Year Fundraiser award in 2010. “While we usually think of philanthropy as giving money, the real story of philanthropy is also about giving your time and talent as well,” he says.
Nonprofit Awareness Month for organizations, donors and volunteers
The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits has a great tool to help organizations make the most of this year’s Nonprofit Awareness Month. The calendar includes a different task for each day of November in order to help nonprofits be effective and productive all month long.
Here are some examples of events and initiatives for individuals who want to get involved or give back this November:
- Carrboro November 12 – IFC Volunteer Orientation– Inter-Faith Council for Social Service
- Chapel Hill November 13 – 2nd Annual Relay For Life of UNC Gala and Silent Auction, proceeds go to the American Cancer Society
- Wilmington November 15 – National Philanthropy Day 2013– AFP Cape Fear Region
- Asheville November 15 – 2013 National Philanthropy Day– AFP Western NC
- Matthews November 16 – Community Blood Drive to support Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
These are just a few of charity events and fundraisers happening across the state. For a full list of charity events during Nonprofit Awareness Month and for events near you, click here.