Celebrate National Philanthropy Day by giving back

No one has ever become poor by giving -Anne Frank

Though helping others should be a priority every day of the year, today it is particularly important. Today, Tuesday, Nov. 15, is National Philanthropy Day.

It’s a great time to think about what causes are important to you, and what you can do to make an impact in the community.

Many people take this day as a call to action, in the form of volunteering. We’ve had quite a few calls lately from people asking for volunteering opportunities, and we’ve been directing them to Community Help Centre, which has a volunteer services line (814-234-8222) available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Instead of volunteering (or in addition to it) many people wish to contribute to the community by donating money. And now is an especially good time to do that, to take advantage of end-of-the-year tax benefits. Here at the Centre County Community Foundation, we have hundreds of funds, that help organizations from Clearwater Conservancy, to the Women’s Resource Center to local school districts, and many more. No matter what cause you’re passionate about, you’re likely to find a fund here that will contribute to that cause. (And if by some chance we don’t already have a fund that helps the cause or organization you’re interested in, you can always start a new one!)

To learn more about CCCF, our funds, and our grants, check out our website. From there you can donate online, or send a check to us at P.O. Box 648, State College PA, 16804, specifying which fund you’d like to contribute to.

And if you’re in the mood to get out of the house and learn more about what philanthropy means to young people in our community, you can do that by attending the Penn State Day of Philanthropy. The university is recognizing the day, for the first time, by having student philanthropic groups set up tables in the HUB-Robeson Center, on campus, in order to let other students and the community know why philanthropy is important, and to show how philanthropic groups on campus contribute to the community. The displays will be up from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, and may give you a better understanding of philanthropy in the community, and of how you want to go about improving the community.

-Erin

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