Cleburne County Community Foundation Celebrates National Philanthropy Day Nov. 18

On Nov. 18 over 800 community foundations and nonprofits across America will celebrate National Philanthropy Day, a special day set aside every November to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world.

“We have seen the impact that community foundations across the country have made on the lives of their citizens, and Arkansas is no exception,” said Susan Vowels, Executive Director. “We are more determined than ever to bring our communities together to find solutions for some of our most challenging problems and advance smart giving opportunities to benefit Cleburne County.”

National Philanthropy Day was originally conceived and organized by Douglas Freeman in the 1980s, and the first official events were held in 1986 after President Reagan signed the official NPD proclamation. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. National Philanthropy Day celebrates the endless daily contributions that individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions.

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic showed that philanthropy is more important than ever. Last year, the Community Foundation raised more than $3.5 million and made over 800 grants statewide across the state. To learn more about how the Foundation is making a difference in your area, contact your local Affiliate Executive Director, Susan Vowels at 501-365-6736 or

Arkansas Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization with over a half billion dollars in assets, fosters smart giving to improve communities. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Foundation supports existing charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create initiatives that address unmet needs. Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $314 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to Arkansas Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 29 affiliates, such as the Cleburne County Community Foundation are fully tax deductible.