National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is a celebration of philanthropy—giving, volunteering and charitable engagement—that highlights the contributions that our neighbors who are active in philanthropy have made to our lives, our communities and our world.
NPD was original conceived of and organized by Douglas Freeman in the 1980s. The first official events were held in 1986, when President Reagan signed the official NPD proclamation. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of charitable giving and all that is has made possible. NPD celebrates the selfless contributions individuals and organizations make to countless causes and missions around the world.
While celebrated globally, NPD is also a grassroots movement to increase public interest and awareness of the importance of philanthropy. NPD showcases effective philanthropy, inspiring new ideas and initiatives that strengthen our community.