Celebrating National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt

November 15 is National Philanthropy Day, a day to honor and appreciate the charitable work that everyone does to make a difference in our communities.

Hawaii’s people are incredibly generous, with 93.3% of Hawaii’s households making some type of charitable donation in 2014, according to “A Report on Charitable Giving in Hawaii” (2015). This includes donations of cash, goods, and volunteered time. The average donation made by Hawaii households was $2,024 for 2014.

If you are looking for a way to maximize your giving, today is also the start of the annual Aloha for Hawaii Charities campaign. When you donate to a participating Hawaii charity, your donation gets a bonus boost with funds from the Friends of Hawaii Charities and the Sony Open. Donations up to $3,000 will receive a boost! The campaign runs from November 15, 2016 through January 15, 2017.

With so many worthwhile causes, philanthropy can be overwhelming. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) offers five “Ps” for wise giving:

  1. Passionate. Support the charities and causes that you are important to you. The more passionate you are about the cause, the more likely you are to get involved beyond just giving money.
  2. Proactive. Reach out to charities and organizations, instead of waiting for them to ask you for help.
  3. Prepare. Learn about the charities and nonprofits that you support. Look for consistent management; pay attention to fundraising and program costs.
  4. Plan. Budget how, how much, and how often you want to give. Consider spreading your giving or your time throughout the year, instead of during the winter holidays.
  5. Powerful. Make the most of your gift-giving by looking for matching gifts, using an affinity credit card, or just saying “no” to donor thank-you gifts.

Which issues and causes are you passionate about? What makes you decide to support a charity or nonprofit?

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