Today is National Philanthropy Day, the day we honor those who give their time and money to benefit their communities and the lives of the people in them. When we think of philanthropists we often think of those who give millions to build libraries or hospital wings. But most philanthropy is local, and it supports the good and healthy daily life that we all enjoy.
The word philanthropy is defined as “the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes”. The synonyms of the word philanthropy include benevolence, generosity, charity, unselfishness, kindness and compassion. When you consider the characteristics included in all of those words, it’s easy to understand why philanthropy is essential.
You may be asking what philanthropy has to do with caregiving. Our answer would be everything! Caregivers practice kindness and compassion every day. They are motivated by generosity of spirit and charity to fellow human beings. Family caregivers practice selflessness every day as they put the needs of their loved ones above their own. These are the quiet heroes of philanthropy who don’t brag or boast about their work, they just go about it day in and day out while also taking care of their own lives. That is why we believe that caregivers should be recognized and thanked for the philanthropic spirit they bring to their work as they improve the lives of the seniors for whom they provide care.
According to the National Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Philanthropy Day was declared by President Reagan in 1986 to recognize “giving, volunteering and charitable engagement that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy — and all those involved in the philanthropic process — makes to our society and our world.” The number of caregivers in the U.S. shines a spotlight on just how much impact that giving can make. According to the AARP, approximately 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the prior 12 months.
Home Care Assistance believes strongly in social responsibility. We participate in several national initiatives and organizations including Maria Shriver’s inaugural Move for Minds event and the Arbor Day Foundation. We have chosen Lyft, a company with an impressive social responsibility approach, as our official rideshare partner and our employees devote their time and resources to various non-profits including Second Harvest Food Bank and the Alzheimer’s Association. Many local offices organize regular community service activities that engage their entire staff.
Home Care Assistance recognizes the extraordinary effort that family caregivers make to ensure their loved ones are safe, warm, well-fed and as healthy as possible. That’s why we are here to help, providing experienced home caregivers to share the responsibilities. On National Philanthropy Day, we honor all caregivers — you have our highest respect. We acknowledge the sacrifices you make each day to care for loved ones. We know that whether the going is easy or rough you are always there, never relenting, never giving up, exhibiting the strength, courage and generosity of spirit that is philanthropy itself.