Foundation marks Philanthropy Day

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

On Thursday, Nov. 18, more than 800 community foundations and nonprofits across America will celebrate National Philanthropy Day, a special day set aside every November to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world.

“We have seen the impact that community foundations across the country have made on the lives of their citizens, and Arkansas is no exception,” said Janell Robertson, executive director of the Carroll County Community Foundation. “We are more determined than ever to bring our communities together to find solutions for some of our most challenging problems and advance smart giving opportunities to benefit Carroll County.”

National Philanthropy Day was originally conceived and organized by Douglas Freeman in the 1980s, and the first official events were held in 1986 after President Reagan signed the official NPD proclamation. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. National Philanthropy Day celebrates the endless daily contributions that individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. 

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic showed that philanthropy is more important than ever. Last year, the Community Foundation raised more than $3.5 million and made more than 800 COVID-focused grants statewide across the state.  This year, Carroll County Community Foundation celebrates 20 years working in and for the people and nonprofits here in our area, having provided more than $1.3 million in grants to support local issues. This makes Community Foundation week and Philanthropy Day the perfect time to thank our Founders, Fundholders, Donors and Friends.

To learn more about how the foundation is making a difference in your area, contact Robertson at 479-253-8203 or email her at carrollcounty@arcf.org .

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