Happy National Philanthropy Day!


you are a philanthropistWhen most of us hear the word philanthropy, we think about money--lots of money. To most Americans, philanthropy is the province of the wealthy and celebrities--Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffet, the Rockefellers, and Oprah Winfrey.

But when I think of philanthropy and philanthropists, I think of you.The truth is, anyone can be a philanthropist. The word "philanthropy" means to love humankind and that's something anyone can do regardless of income level.

You Are A Philanthropist If... Have you every volunteered for your local school or charity? Have you ever donated to a food or clothing drive? Have you ever given even a small donation to a charity, online or off? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are a philanthropist! Being a philanthropist isn't about the money, although money certainly helps. Being a philanthropist is about wanting to help and giving of yourself through donations, whether you donate your time, money or both.

Alexandria Is A City Full of Philanthropists Alexandria is already known for it's philanthropic generosity. Alexandria has been ranked as one of the most generous online cities in Convio Inc.'s annual "Most Charitable Cities" four years running. In 2011, 348.7 of every 1,000 Alexandria residents made an average donation of $75.79 for a total of $3,802,901 in donations. That's almost $4 million dollars! And while Alexandrians are uncommonly generous, we still have many needs in our community--particular among our less fortunate residents. 

I Am A Philanthropist! At ACTion Alexandria, we think of everyone in Alexandria as a philanthropist or budding philanthropist. We know how generous this community is and how much you like to help. Remember, it isn't just about money. Volunteers are philantrhopists too.

Our goal is to build on Alexandria's already generous spirit and provide you with all kinds of opportunities to exercise your philanthropic muscles in your community.

Say it with me...I am a philanthropist!


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