Re­flect phi­lan­thropy ev­ery day

The Niagara Falls Review - - NEWS - ROGER 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.

Na­tional Phi­lan­thropy Day on Wed­nes­day is a spe­cial day set aside each year to rec­og­nize and hon­our the great con­tri­bu­tions that phi­lan­thropy and people ac­tive in our global com­mu­ni­ties have made to our lives, our com­mu­ni­ties lo­cally and our world.

It’s also a day for Cana­di­ans to re­flect on what phi­lan­thropy means to each of them and to the coun­try as a whole.

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 prac­tise 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 people.

Not sur­pris­ingly, the Golden Horse­shoe area, from Oakville to Brant­ford, Burling­ton to Guelph, Kitch­ener-Water­loo to Hamil­ton, Grimsby to Ni­a­gara Falls and all points in be­tween, are com­mu­ni­ties where people like you give of their time, tal­ent and trea­sure.

Through the gen­eros­ity of our com­mu­ni­ties, mil­lions of dol­lars and mil­lions of vol­un­teer hours are given ev­ery year to wor­thy or­ga­ni­za­tions, non-prof­its and char­i­ties in the Ni­a­gara re­gion. 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 non-prof­its 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 non-prof­its, vol­un­teers are an essential part of the fab­ric of our Ni­a­gara com­mu­nity — as part­ners to help pro­fes­sional fundrais­ers gen­er­ate rev­enue and as board mem­bers to gov­ern our or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The im­pact of vol­un­teers in Canada and in the Ni­a­gara area is significant. Vol­un­teer­ing is ev­i­dent in the lo­cal tra­di­tion, from le­gion mem­bers sell­ing pop­pies for Re­mem­brance Day and 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 give their time, tal­ent and trea­sure to sup­port great causes; it is a cel­e­bra­tion of ev­ery­one.

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

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

• Out­stand­ing phil­an­thropic group: The Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iaries of Ni­a­gara Health, Ni­a­gara nom­i­nated by OneFoun­da­tion for Ni­a­gara Health Sys­tem, Ni­a­gara.

You are in­vited to join in the cel­e­bra­tion of phi­lan­thropy ev­ery day. It starts with you. Tweet about a kind act, share a mem­o­rable vol­un­teer ex­pe­ri­ence with a col­league, call your favourite vol­un­teer and ex­press ap­pre­ci­a­tion and cel­e­brate that we live in a vi­brant re­gion with people who are help­ing to make our com­mu­nity a health­ier and safer place to live and work. Your in­volve­ment, whether it’s men­tor­ing, vol­un­teer­ing or giving, makes phi­lan­thropy pos­si­ble, spe­cial and mean­ing­ful ev­ery day.

We can change the world with a giving heart.

OLIVIA KACHMAN,/POST­MEDIA FILE PHOTO

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