Cel­e­brat­ing philanthropy

Nov. 15 a day to re­flect and rec­og­nize those who give

The Hamilton Spectator - - COMMENT - ROGER D. ALI Roger D. Ali is pres­i­dent and CEO of OneFoun­da­tion for Ni­a­gara Health Sys­tem and chair (vol­un­teer) of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Fundrais­ing Pro­fes­sion­als, Foun­da­tion for Philanthropy Canada and a res­i­dent of Hamil­ton for the past 32 years.

Na­tional Philanthropy Day on Nov. 15 is a special day set aside each year to rec­og­nize and hon­our the con­tri­bu­tions that philanthropy and peo­ple ac­tive in our global com­mu­ni­ties have made to our lives, our com­mu­ni­ties and our world. It’s also a day for Cana­di­ans to re­flect on what philanthropy means to each of them.

Philanthropy is a deeply held value that is ex­pressed in giv­ing and vol­un­teer­ing. We have all in some shape or form, know­ingly or un­know­ingly, prac­tised or ex­pe­ri­enced philanthropy. It is the love of hu­man­ity.

I am a mem­ber, ac­tive vol­un­teer and donor with the As­so­ci­a­tion of Fundrais­ing Pro­fes­sion­als (AFP) that ad­vances philanthropy by en­abling peo­ple and or­ga­ni­za­tions to prac­tice eth­i­cal and ef­fec­tive fundrais­ing. AFP be­lieves philanthropy is so pow­er­ful and in­spir­ing pre­cisely be­cause it is vol­un­tary — that through the good­ness of our hearts, our need to con­nect, and our de­sire to see a bet­ter world, we come to­gether to im­prove the qual­ity of life for all.

Through the gen­eros­ity of our com­mu­ni­ties, mil­lions of dol­lars and mil­lions of vol­un­teer hours are given ev­ery year to wor­thy or­ga­ni­za­tions, non­prof­its and char­i­ties in the Hamil­ton area. Hun­dreds of pro­grams and ser­vices — that help peo­ple who are home­less, clothe peo­ple in need, sup­port stu­dent bur­saries, re­de­velop our lo­cal hos­pi­tals — are made pos­si­ble ev­ery day be­cause of you and your com­mit­ment to your favourite causes.

Pro­fes­sional fundrais­ers are en­ablers of so­cial good for non­prof­its in our com­mu­ni­ties and trusted ad­vis­ers to Cana­dian donors. It’s a role that is not well un­der­stood. With­out a cat­a­lyst (a per­son in the mid­dle) to bring to­gether the donor who’s in­ter­ested in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence, and the cause, the magic won’t hap­pen.

For non­prof­its, vol­un­teers are an es­sen­tial as part­ners to help pro­fes­sional fundrais­ers gen­er­ate rev­enue and as board mem­bers to gov­ern our or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The im­pact of vol­un­teers in Canada and in our com­mu­nity is sig­nif­i­cant. Vol­un­teer­ing is ev­i­dent in the lo­cal tra­di­tion, from le­gion mem­bers sell­ing pop­pies for Re­mem­brance Day to em­ploy­ees vol­un­teer­ing time to or­ga­nize special events for lo­cal char­i­ties.

Peo­ple around the world cel­e­brate Na­tional Philanthropy Day with award cer­e­monies, galas, lun­cheons, sem­i­nars and other special events. Out­stand­ing donors, vol­un­teers, cor­po­ra­tions, foun­da­tions, small busi­nesses, youth and oth­ers in philanthropy are hon­oured for their work in im­prov­ing their com­mu­ni­ties and their world each and ev­ery day.

Lo­cally, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Fundrais­ing Pro­fes­sion­als, Golden Horse­shoe Chap­ter, ad­vances philanthropy through on­go­ing and mean­ing­ful ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties and cel­e­brates Na­tional Philanthropy Day with a luncheon on Nov. 16.

The Philanthropy Awards pre­sented at the luncheon are not only a cel­e­bra­tion of out­stand­ing phi­lan­thropists and vol­un­teers from our chap­ter and re­gion who gave their time, tal­ent and trea­sure to sup­port great causes; it is a cel­e­bra­tion of every­one.

I want to of­fer my sin­cere con­grat­u­la­tions to the out­stand­ing re­cip­i­ents of 2017 Philanthropy Awards from the AFP Golden Horse­shoe Chap­ter:

Out­stand­ing Phi­lan­thropists: Ron and Nancy Clark, Cale­do­nia, nom­i­nated by Hamil­ton Health Sciences Foun­da­tion.

Out­stand­ing Vol­un­teer: Joseph Mancinelli, Hamil­ton, nom­i­nated by St. Joseph’s Health­care Foun­da­tion.

Out­stand­ing Cor­po­ra­tion: Walker In­dus­tries, Ni­a­gara, nom­i­nated by OneFoun­da­tion for Ni­a­gara Health Sys­tem.

Out­stand­ing Phil­an­thropic Group: The Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iaries of Ni­a­gara Health, nom­i­nated by OneFoun­da­tion for Ni­a­gara Health Sys­tem.

Out­stand­ing Small Or­ga­ni­za­tion: Ge­orge­town Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion, nom­i­nated by Ge­orge­town Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

Out­stand­ing Youth in Philanthropy: Alex Hil­son, Ac­ton, nom­i­nated by Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Mis­sis­sauga.

Chap­ter Achieve­ment Award: Roger D. Ali and Pati Green­wood, both past chap­ter pres­i­dents and long-stand­ing AFP vol­un­teers, nom­i­nated by the AFP Golden Horse­shoe Chap­ter board of di­rec­tors.

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