National Philanthropy Day

Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

I just received word that Parliament has just given its approval of a bill to make permanent Nov. 15 as National Philanthropy Day!

Canada is the first country to permanently recognize National Philanthropy Day since its creation in 1986.

Bill S-201 received its Third (and final) Reading in the House of Commons a few hours ago and royal assent is expected in the coming weeks.

With the passage of this bill, Canada has taken a leadership role in global philanthropy. The recognition underscores the importance of philanthropy in Canada and how involved Canadians have become in supporting charitable causes across the country.

This is much anticipated and much appreciated great news for the good news sector of the economy.

Here’s the full text of the bill:

BILL S-201

An Act respecting a National Philanthropy Day


Whereas philanthropy is the spirit of giving without expectation of reward;
Whereas Canadians continue to be inspired by the dedication of volunteers who devote themselves to improving the lives of others;

Whereas philanthropy helps build strong communities and active civic participation by bringing people together to serve a common goal;

Whereas countless Canadians have benefited from the help they have received from charitable organizations and caring individuals;

Whereas through the dedicated work of caring individuals and organizations, November 15th has come to be known throughout Canada as National Philanthropy Day;

And whereas it is important to honour all Canadians who demonstrate the spirit of giving by recognizing National Philanthropy Day;

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:


1. This Act may be cited as the National Philanthropy Day Act.


2. Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the 15th day of November shall be known as “National Philanthropy Day”.

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