President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Philanthropy Day to be November 15, 1986.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of our country’s annual celebration of philanthropy. We are honored and feel privileged to take this day to extend our deepest and most sincere thanks to our board and committee members, donors, and volunteers for making the world a better place because of what they do.
Philanthropy, “the love of humankind,” is expressed in many different forms, from volunteerism, to community service, to charitable giving. Here at Plymouth Harbor, we witness the expression of philanthropy every day from our residents, families, board members, volunteers, and employees. In some ways, the simplest form of philanthropy, such as a kind greeting, a visit to a Smith Care Center resident, a high school student spending their Saturday morning showing a resident how to use their iPad, a charitable gift to a major project, or an offering of an educational scholarship. No matter the form of kindness, it is an expression of love for humankind.
As we think about the impact philanthropy has on the fabric of our community, even before the Foundation existed, let’s take a moment to reflect and be thankful for every one of us at Plymouth Harbor. For, in one way or another, we are all philanthropists.
Happy National Philanthropy Day to all of you!