National Philanthropy Day – What’s not to love?
The name tags are all printed . . . the script is written . . . the videos are finished . . . in less than 24 hours our chapter will be celebrating National Philanthropy Day together with about 650 of our closest friends. In these final hours before the event, I can’t help but smile in anticipation.
Because I really do love National Philanthropy Day. What could be better than a day spent recognizing local individuals who have dedicated themselves to bettering Southeastern Wisconsin through their philanthropic efforts? I love hearing our awardees talk about who inspired them to become philanthropists. I learn from their examples of selflessness. I am awed by their humility.
Whether you are coming to tomorrow’s celebration or not, I urge you to check out the profiles of our honorees on our website or our Facebook Page. Like Becky Hall (pictured), who has raised more than $50,000 for the National Multiple Schlerosis Society through her participation in Wisconsin’s Best Dam Bike Ride. Regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or—dare I say it?—political affiliation, you will find someone in this group of awardees who speaks to your own sense of community and reminds you that one person can make a difference.
What’s your take on National Philanthropy Day? Who inspired you to give back? Tell us about it here, or find me at tomorrow’s event. I’d love to hear your stories.