Nov 15, 2019
What National Philanthropy Day is and why you should get involved!

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine wishes you a happy National Philanthropy Day!


National Philanthropy day has been around for 34 years! It was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

What is National Philanthropy Day?

According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, “National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside on the fifteenth of November. The purpose of this day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world” ( 


What does National Philanthropy Day mean to YOU?

First, to RLC, National Philanthropy day reminds us to thank the members of our community for helping us get closer to our goal of ending hunger by eliminating and redistributing excess food waste. We have rescued over 4 million pounds of food with the help from our donors and volunteers. Without our community we would not be serving meals every day to those in need- so thank you.

This day reminds us to keep in mind all of the non-profits working towards their missions and visions to help our world become a more equal place. There are so many organizations, big and small, and we are reminded that, like us, they saw an issue, an injustice, and are trying to create a solution. We commend all working towards their goals!


To celebrate the month of November, RLC is announcing our new paid opportunity

  • This program allows those to be PAID to give back to your community. If you’re interested in doing more, and earning some extra money check out our new Food Rescuer Program, in honor of National Philanthropy Day!


How to help Rescuing Leftover Cuisine observe this day:

Specific breakdowns of impact:

  • $10 allows RLC to feed over 80 people

  • $25 provides server space for our events to extend out two months rather than one

  • $40 buys a cart that will help our volunteers with heavy pickups and improve efficency by 50%

  • $600 provides transportation for one month for our Core Rescuers

  • $500 Sponsors one Core Rescuer to rescue over 5,000lbs of food for 4 months

  • $1,000 prevents 2 tons of C02 equivlanet from being emitted by food waste in landfills

  • $10,000 buys a used refrigerated van that will allow us to engage our larger partners that are currently on hold


What has been our nations impact for ALL philanthropy?

In the past decade, the chart below provides you with insight as to how the nonprofit organization GiveWell, documented giving back in 2009.  Monetarily, individuals in the United States gave back the most with a total of 226 Billion dollars donated, which was significantly larger compared to other portions of the chart.    


A decade later, what has changed?

According to National Philanthropic Trust, the amount that individuals gave in the United States in 2018 increased from the recorded amount of 2009, with Americans giving $427.71 billion in 2018.

Ultimately, National Philanthropy Day is important in that it recognizes the hard work of those who have volunteered. Events held in major cities, such as New York City, that celebrate National Philanthropy Day rightfully honor those who have given back to their communities. The fact that Americans have given back to their communities significantly over the past decade is meaningful. Those who have given back have earned their right to be honored on National Philanthropy Day.   


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