This October, many metro Atlantans have already celebrated one and will be celebrating another major American holiday:
- First, there was the Columbus Day government holiday on the 13th.
- Second, there is Halloween on the 31st.
And in between these holidays is another day of celebration that’s not quite as well-known – Atlanta’s celebration of National Philanthropy Day on the 28th.
Yes – on October 28th, 1,000 of metro Atlanta’s philanthropic leaders will gather at the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP’s) Greater Atlanta Chapter’s annual luncheon to celebrate National Philanthropy Day. There is a great synergy between The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and AFP’s Greater Atlanta Chapter. In fact, it’s pretty cool that in the year The Community Foundation is title sponsor of this celebration, the synergy between our two organizations is readily apparent – all three of the day’s award winners (Tom Chapman, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman and Jen Bennecke) are donors and/or volunteers at The Community Foundation and this year’s AFP Greater Atlanta Chapter president is the Foundation’s director of gift planning, Christy Eckoff.
But what I find even more remarkable about the Foundation and AFP is each organization’s deep commitment to developing a love for philanthropy in the next generation. Philanthropy is strong in Atlanta. An article just came out the other week in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which ranks Atlanta the fourth most generous metro area in the country. We know for philanthropy to continue to be strong in our community, we must get the next generation as fired up about philanthropy as we are.
So, I challenge you to celebrate this third holiday and to explore philanthropy with your children this month. At The Community Foundation, we define philanthropy as the giving of time, talent and treasure. While making Halloween treats or putting together Halloween costumes, you can start talking with your children about philanthropy. You can ask questions like:
- If you could do something to help someone, what would you do?
- If you could change something for the better, what would you change and how?
- If you could volunteer to teach a child or a senior citizen something you’re good at, what would it be?
Out of your children’s answers may come some great ideas for things you can do as a family this fall to be philanthropic by helping others. I challenge you to pick one thing you will do before Thanksgiving as a family. In amongst all of the other traditions Fall brings, this is a simple way to start a tradition of family philanthropy.