According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals?
(AFP) web site, National Philanthropy Day acknowledges the
entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit
community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy
has on the fabric of society. On Tuesday, November 14, 2006,
the Seventh-day Adventist Church will honor this celebration
by inviting approximately 750 employees to give to a worthy
cause at a desert reception. The celebration will take place
at 12501 Old Columbia Pike at 12 noon.
A specially designed backdrop which includes the AFP National
Philanthropy Day logo will hold the donations from the
participating guests during the desert reception. The first
350 participants will also receive a free 2007 ?Giving
is Caring? calendar which includes daily philanthropic
quotations to remind people of the impact of philanthropy.
We want our colleagues to attend the reception and celebrate
the spirit of a day that encourages others to give,? said Ken
Turpen, director of Philanthropic Services for Institutions
(PSI), an entity of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Funds collected during the reception will help Adventist
Chaplaincy Ministries (ACM) with a pilot program to provide
Seventh-day Adventist students at public colleges and
universities with bibles and other spiritual resources and
reading materials. According to PSI, there are 60-70 thousand
Adventist students that are attending public colleges and
In 2005, gifts to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, its
institutions, and ministries totaled more than $2 billion.
ACM is comprised of trained chaplains from diverse backgrounds
who are committed to Jesus Christ and the global mission of
the Seventh-day Adventist Church. These men and women desire
to help people in the settings where they minister prepare
for the coming of Christ.
Through the ministry of these chaplains ACM recognizes and
responds to the needs of persons within their unique
institutional/organizational settings, including
corrections, education, healthcare, military and others.
An incarnational ministry of presence is offered to all
persons in need.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainstream Protestant
church with approximately 14 million members worldwide which
includes 1 million members in North America. It seeks to
enhance quality of life for people everywhere and to let
people know that Jesus is coming soon again.