National Philanthropy Day 2021: When & How to Celebrate?

National Philanthropy Day 2021 – Tuesday, November 16! National Philanthropy Day is a holiday celebrated on the date of 15th November each year to urge people to acknowledge the benefits that philanthropy has contributed to the world and to become more involved in philanthropic deeds. Douglas Freeman initially identified it in the 1980s, and it has become more commonly recognized in the years afterward. On this day, communities around the world may commemorate the significance of the holiday and try to improve the lives of those who are less privileged.

When is National Philanthropy Day 2021 USA?

Tuesday, November 16 is the official celebration date of Happy National Philanthropy Day 2021 in the United States.

National Philanthropy Day 2021
National Philanthropy Day 2021

History of National Philanthropy Day

This holiday was first established by Douglas Freeman during the 1980s and the first official celebration of this event was held after U.S President Ronald Reagan signed the NPD Proclamation in 1986. This day is coordinated and supported internationally by the Association of Fundraising Professionals—otherwise known as the AFP. The day offers a chance to consider the essence of giving and everything that it has enabled. NPD honors the everyday efforts made by individuals and organizations around the world for a variety of reasons and purposes.

How to Celebrate National Philanthropy Day 2021?

We have gathered a few celebratory ways for you to get cues about how you can go on about your manner of celebration.

  1. Do Some Volunteering

Find a volunteer position that you are interested in. Meet sick hospital patients, prepare packages for a food bank, spend time at orphanages, old homes to give them a good time or even garden at your nearby park are all choices.

  1. Make a charitable donation

Donations can be made in the form of time or money or any possession that someone else is in need of, but if you’re low on cash, there will still be ways to have a significant impact.

  1. Share on Social Media

Share your way of celebrating the day on social media with the hashtag of #NationalPhilanthropyDay or #NPD to encourage others to do the same. The more aware people will be the more the day would gain exposure and momentum which would ultimately serve the main purpose of this day.

Why National Philanthropy Day is Important

There will always be a need for people to support one another as long as humanity survives. National Philanthropy Day recognizes the significance of rising up and helping those who are less privileged, as well as making the world a better livable in general. Anytime we promote anyone else’s philanthropic activities, there’s a high likelihood that somebody may be motivated to go out into the community and serve in their own unique way. Recognizing charity activity not only offers credit where credit is due, but it’s also a great way to raise consciousness about the various charitable opportunities open. Hearing about the good things that happen in the world is really refreshing, especially with far too much pessimism in the world. National Philanthropy Day inspires us to get out and meet new people for making the world a better place for all of us.

National Philanthropy Day 2021 Quotes, Wishes, Messages, Greetings, Sayings, Status, Captions:

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

–Desmond Tutu

“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.”

–Andrew Carnegie

“One of the great movements in my lifetime among educated people is the need to commit themselves to action. Most people are not satisfied with giving money; we also feel we need to work.”

–Peter Drucker

“Charity begins at home but should not end there.”

–Francis Bacon

“Don’t just think, do.”


“The best philanthropy is constantly in search of the finalities—a search for a cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source.”

–John Rockefeller

“The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”

–Albert Schweitzer

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

–Robert Louis Stevenson

“It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us…. This is where our love for each other must start.”

–Mother Teresa

“A man of humanity is one who…desiring attainment for himself, helps others to attain.”


“Life’s persistent and most urgent question is “What are you doing for others?””

–Martin Luther King Jr.

“Remember, you don’t live in a world all your own.”

–Albert Schweitzer

“A certain amount of corporate philanthropy is simply good business and works for the long-term benefit of the investors.”

–John Mackey

“How about no income tax at all on people over 65? People would continue working, remain healthier, not be an economic and social drain on society. Then the elderly would also have more disposable income to help charitable activities.”

–John Templeton

“When wealth is centralized, the people are dispersed. When wealth is distributed, the people are brought together.”


“What the poor need is not charity but capital, not caseworkers but co-workers. And what the rich need is a wise, honorable, and just way of divesting themselves of their overabundance.”

–Millard and Linda Fuller

“The most useful and influential people in America are those who take the deepest interest in institutions that exist for the purpose of making the world better.”

–Booker T. Washington

“I was fortunate to get a scholarship when I went to Lehigh University and Princeton…. Somebody was kind enough to spend their money to educate people that they would never get to know. That’s what I think philanthropy is about.”

–Lee Iacocca

“It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved.”

–Mother Teresa

“Think of giving not only as a duty but as a privilege.”

– John Rockefeller

“I absolutely believe in the power of tithing. My own experience is that the more I give away, the more that comes back. That is the way life works.”

–Ken Blanchard

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”

–Albert Camus

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

–Anne Frank

“The raising of extraordinarily large sums of money, given voluntarily and freely by millions of our fellow Americans, is a unique American tradition… Philanthropy, charity, giving voluntarily and freely… call it what you like, but it is truly a jewel of an American tradition.”

– John Kennedy

“I was trained from the beginning to work, to save, and to give.”

–John Rockefeller Jr.

“Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.”

–Henry Ward Beecher

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

–Acts 20:35

“Charity is a supreme virtue, and the great channel through which the mercy of God is passed on to mankind. It is the virtue that unites men and inspires their noblest efforts.”

–Conrad Hilton

“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.”

–George Eliot

“When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad.”

–Abraham Lincoln

“It is in giving that we receive.”

–Francis of Assisi

“That best portion of a good man’s life: His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”

–William Wordsworth

“The proper aim of giving is to put the recipients in a state where they no longer need our gifts.”

–C. S. Lewis

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Most people think that Americans are generous because we are rich. The truth is that we are rich, in significant part, because we are generous.”

–Claire Gaudiani

“No one need wait a single moment to improve the world.”

–Anne Frank

“No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions—he had money as well.”

–Margaret Thatcher

“I wanted to give my children enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much they could do nothing.”

–Warren Buffett

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

–Mother Teresa

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

–Winston Churchill

“I’m not doing my philanthropic work out of any kind of guilt. I’m doing it because I can afford to do it, and I believe in it.”

–George Soros

“Donors represent a private version of the legislative process—a deliberative process that selects goals, sets values, and allocates resources…. an alternative vehicle for getting things done.”

–Paul Ylvisaker

“Governments don’t really like organizations which are outside their control. There is much talk today in the voluntary sector of a “compact” with the state. This could turn out to be the sort of compact which the oysters had with the Walrus and the Carpenter: it ends up with one party getting eaten by the other.”

–Robert Whelan

“It’s better to tell your money where to go than to ask where it went.”

–Farmer’s Gazette

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

–Margaret Mead

“If you combine all the spectral rays into a single beam, you get white light; and if you combine all the virtues into a single beam you get charity.”

–Austin O’Malley

“If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.”


“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

–St. Paul

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”


“It is prodigious the quantity of good that may be done by one man, if he will make a business of it.”

–Benjamin Franklin

“Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given away.”

–Persian proverb

“The charitable give out the door and God puts it back through the window.”

–Traditional proverb

“Neither the individual nor the race is improved by almsgiving. The best means of benefiting the community is to place within its reach the ladders upon which the aspiring can rise.”

–Andrew Carnegie

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

–Booker T. Washington

“The true friend of the people should see that they be not too poor, for extreme poverty lowers the character of the democracy.”


“The world is moving so fast these days that the one who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.”

–Harry Emerson Fosdick

“I can testify that it is nearly always easier to make $1,000,000 honestly than to dispose of it wisely.”

–Julius Rosenwald

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as you ever can.”

–John Wesley

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

–Charles Dickens

“Some writers have so confounded society with government as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins.”

–Thomas Paine

“I believe the power to make money is a gift from God…to be developed and used to the best of our ability for the good of mankind.”

–John Rockefeller

“The foundation is an instrument forged by citizens who transfer profit from the commercial sector and put it directly to work as risk capital for the general betterment of the society.”

–Richard Cornuelle

What are the Upcoming Celebratory Days of National Philanthropy Day?

Year Date Day
2021 November 15 Monday
2022 November 15 Tuesday
2022 November 15 Wednesday
2023 November 15 Friday

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