Consider This: Thankful for Philanthropy

It's Thanksgiving. The time of year we set aside to forget about what's wrong with our lives and give thanks for what's right.

It's too bad many of us don't make time more often to appreciate the positive people and things in our lives.

This week I was reminded of how many amazing individuals do remarkable things throughout the year for no other purpose than to serve their fellow man.

This reminder came when I was honored to emcee the Cape Fear Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' First Annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon. Forty-four non-profit organizations representing thousands of people doing their best to improve the lives of those around them attended.

As a result of that event, I've added to the list of things I'm thankful for this year. I'm thankful for the fund-raising professionals who provide the ideas and direction that make it possible for our non-profits to continue to exist. I'm thankful for all of the volunteers who contribute hours of their time to organize the walks, the runs, the polar plunge; the galas, the shows, the raffles and the auctions that support those organizations.

And I'm thankful for all of the philanthropists in our community, the individuals, families, and businesses that support the numerous non-profits that serve our community so well, generous people willing to give to others, whether it's their skill, time or money. That's something for all of us to be thankful for.

That's what we think. Tell us what you think. (kd)