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National Philanthropy Day – What’s not to love?

November 12, 2012


Becky Hall, 2012 Philanthropic Youth of Today

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.

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