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Philanthropy Comes in Many Forms


November 15th is National Philanthropy Day, a great time to acknowledge all that philanthropy means, and the impact that it has on our community. When people hear the word philanthropy, they often assume that it refers to monetary giving. And while that often is the case, philanthropy also refers to other charitable acts such as the donation of time, expertise, stewardship, advocacy, or any number of other good works that benefit a community.

Here in Lamorinda, we are surrounded by dedicated philanthropists who make positive changes for the well-being of others, such as those who led the creation of our stunning Lafayette Library & Learning Center, and the visionaries behind our community based Lamorinda Village senior network. But philanthropy comes in smaller packages too. Delivering groceries or meals is an act of philanthropy, as is volunteering at a school, or any number of other little kindnesses serving a greater good.

National Philanthropy Day was made official in the mid 1980s to celebrate ‘the love of humankind.’ Every year since, communities across the globe celebrate by recognizing the activities of donors, volunteers, foundations, leaders, advocates, and others engaged in philanthropic acts. On this day, and every day of the year, the Dana Green Team salutes all of Lamorinda’s philanthropists, those whose compassion and generosity make our community a kind and gentle place to live.

We are proud to contribute, in many ways, to the following organizations and hope you will take time to learn more about each one, and consider participating in or donating to them (click on each for more information):

Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE)

Moraga Education Foundation

Orinda Network for Education (ONE)

Lafayette Library & Learning Center

Lafayette Chamber

Lafayette Juniors

Las Trampas Organization

Children’s Hospital Oakland

American Heart Association

Save Mount Diablo

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area

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