November is the month we acknowledge nonprofits. It also contains the week set aside to honor community foundations, and there is a single day that commemorates philanthropy.

We relish in it all, because these are all endeavors to celebrate! We're proud to be a member of (and partner with) the nonprofit community throughout the state, the foundation sector across the country and to wave the flag for philanthropy everywhere.

Here is just a sampling of activities and events we know are going on:

Many local chapters of AFP (the Association of Fundraising Professionals) celebrate Philanthropy Day in November; the actual date varies from community to community.

The Triangle chapter of AFP celebrated on Nov. 10, and the NCCF was pleased to be a luncheon sponsor and to honor many of our team members for all they do on behalf of philanthropy. NCCF President and CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside also helped select the Excellence in Philanthropist awards and other category winners as a member of the judging panel. Last year the Triangle Chapter bestowed a posthumous award on NCCF founder Lewis R. Holding for all of his many contributions to philanthropy in the state and nation.

We're also quite active in the Cape Fear regional chapter of AFP, with many of our New Hanover County Community Foundation members involved in festivities there on Nov. 4. NCCF's Southeastern Regional Associate Patricia Lawler is president of this chapter. Honored at this event was Dickson Baldridge, the founder of the Cape Fear Community Foundation, which was the original name of our new affiliate partner, the New Hanover Community Foundation. Read more about Mr. Baldridge and his many contributions to the Wilmington area here in the Philanthropy Journal.

At the other end of the state is Watauga County, where our local affiliate partner also celebrates Philanthropy Day and selects a Spirit of Philanthropy award winner each year. This year's Philanthropy Day luncheon also will include local donors and fund-holders and ASU students who have received scholarships administered through the NCCF. (You can read about the Watauga County Community Foundation's Spirit of Philanthropy award selection last year: a group of inspirational young girls who created their own giving circle called A.P.E. -- for Animals, People and Environment.)

Our Yadkin County affiliate partner recently presented its Philanthropist of the Year award to Yadkin Christian Ministries.

The Catawba Valley Community Foundation will issue a series of news releases throughout November designed to showcase its work in grant-making, projects and collaborations with other organizations in the region.

Resources for more information include:

The NC Center for Nonprofits has an entire toolkit for Nonprofit Awareness Month, including information and ways to help NPOs connect with their elected officials.

The Council of Foundations kicks off Community Foundation Week Nov. 12-18. Read more about it here.

On the home page: The Triangle Chapter of AFP honored NCCF founder Lewis R. Holding last November for his contributions to philanthropy.

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