Friday, November 15 is National Philanthropy Day in Canada—a day set aside to celebrate the contributions philanthropy and charitable giving have made in the life of our nation. The Association for Fundraising Professionals has been celebrating the day in North America since 1986; then, in 2012, Parliament officially named November 15 as National Philanthropy Day in Canada, making Canada the first nation in world to recognize the date officially. Look for events in your community during the week of November 10-17, or better yet, make a resolution now to give of yourself in some way to improve the quality of life in your community. As the logo and tagline for National Philanthropy Day proclaims, we are all uniquely gifted, and as we share those gifts with others we can “change the world with a giving heart.”
What one Presbyterian is doing to encourage the philanthropic spirit
This past April, the Planned Giving Office and the Book Room co-hosted a book signing event with Keith Thomson, a noted financial planner and philanthropist who has written, What Was Your Great Grandmother’s Name? Fifty Thoughts on How Philanthropy Can Transform You, Your Family and Your Community. Keith gave an inspiring presentation on how tax laws in Canada encourage us all to be voluntary philanthropists and leave a lasting legacy. A few days after the event, Herb Gale received a phone call from one of those who had attended the book signing. “Herb, I’d like to sponsor a similar event so that more Presbyterians can hear Keith’s message. It will be my gift to the church.” After a flurry of emails and phone calls, the arrangements were made.
Duff’s Presbyterian Church in Puslinch, Ontario (located off the 401 on Highway 6, north of Hamilton), has agreed to host the event on Saturday, November 16, to coincide with National Philanthropy Day. Duff’s is a member of the ProVisionaries Network, and has been quite intentional in promoting planned giving as a vital aspect of their stewardship and ministry. There will be a catered luncheon in their fellowship hall at noon followed by a PowerPoint presentation by Keith Thomson in the sanctuary at 1:00 p.m. After the presentation, there will be the opportunity to meet Keith in person over dessert and coffee/tea.
For more information about the event and complimentary tickets for the luncheon and/or presentation and dessert, contact Sheryl Sutton in the Planned Giving Office. What a wonderful way to celebrate National Philanthropy Day, with a luncheon and presentation sponsored by the generosity of one of the PCC’s very own philanthropists!
Some ways to celebrate National Philanthropy Day
- Count up the number of volunteer hours members of your congregation share with the church and larger community
- Celebrate Planned Giving Sunday during the month of November
- Include a charitable gift in your will for the church or your favourite charity
- Become a member of the ProVisionaries Network
- Encourage the young people in your congregation to become philanthropists by telling them about the super tax credit for first time donors.