National Philanthropy Day 2023

November 1, 2023 / by United Way

Who gives a buck? From our vantage point at United Way Southern Vancouver Island (UWSVI), thousands of local donors do. And it’s our pleasure to celebrate them in the days leading up to National Philanthropy Day: November 15, 2023.

Philanthropy’s a big word. But the etymology’s telling: philanthropy is an expression of love for one’s fellow human beings.

Whether you consider yourself a philanthropist or a donor, all of us at UWSVI appreciate your financial support and recognize that it’s rooted in a concern for others – or even better, that there are no “others” in a truly healthy community. Connecting people, ensuring nobody in our community feels isolated, and that everyone has opportunities to succeed is what drives us.

Every UWSVI donor, no matter how much they give, reminds us that we’re all in it together, no matter why they give.

Some philanthropists give for spiritual reasons. Some follow (and question, then advance) the example of their parents. Some feel an ethical compulsion to support their community.

Whatever the reason, we offer our thanks. Because your support allows us to support our vast network of local social service agencies, who are doing good work in our great communities.

Donors (and future donors) can always read about the incredible impact of their donations in our most recent annual Community Impact Report.

As we lead up to November 15, we hope to profile a few of the stories of local philanthropists here, on our website.

And we encourage everyone to consider giving. You can donate now, to help ensure that we are all part of safe and resilient local communities where opportunity and belonging unite us.

After all, the buck doesn’t stop here. It’s just the beginning.