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Thursday, 4 September 2014

International Day of Charity 2014, September 5


Charity plays a significant role in the work of the United Nations and its agencies. Charity may come in many forms, from the volunteering of time and expertise to straightforward financial or in-kind donations by individuals, corporations or philanthropic foundations.  Whatever the case, such generosity and kindness, with no expectation of financial gain, can make profound differences in human well-being.
At times of intense fiscal and budgetary constraint, charity takes on greater importance in global efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and implement what we hope will be an ambitious post-2015 agenda.  While charity cannot be seen as a replacement or alternative to public spending, it plays an invaluable complementary role.
I welcome this second observance of the International Day of Charity, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly at the initiative of the Permanent Mission of Hungary, to coincide with the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, whose life and good works for some of the human family’s poorest and most vulnerable members has been such an enormous inspiration.
Let us recognize charity for what it is at heart: a noble enterprise aimed at bettering the human condition. On this International Day, I call on people everywhere to act on the charitable impulse that resides in every human being -- to start giving and to keep on giving.

Ban Ki-moon

Discussions and Forum.


The Permanent Mission of Hungary, in cooperation with UNDP and philanthropic organizations, is organizing two panel discussions in New York to introduce new, innovative forms of charitable giving which are spreading around the world and explore how charity can become a formidable partner in realizing the future sustainable development goals.
Participation is by invitation. For more information, please contact:
Time and venue of the event: September 5, 2014, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.; Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN, New York.


Time and venue: September 5, 2014 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations
227 East 52nd Street, New York
  • Welcoming remarks by H.E. Mr. Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations
Timing: 10:00-10:15 am

Panel discussion 1: Innovations in Charitable Giving

Timing: 10:15-11:15 pm
Moderator: Heather Grady, Senior Fellow, Global Philanthropy for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
  • Mari Kuraishi, Co-Founder and President, GlobalGiving Foundation
  • Jeremy Heimans, Co-Founder and CEO, Purpose
  • John Holm, Senior Director, CAF America

Panel discussion 2: Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy

Timing: 11:15-12:15 pm
Moderator: Ed Cain, Vice President, Hilton Foundation
  • Marcos Neto, Head of Private Sector and Foundations, UNDP
  • Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
  • Member State representative (tbc)
The panel discussions will be followed by a lunch reception from 12:30 to 2:00 pm

Event description:

The growth in sheer size as well as variety of forms of charity across the world creates unprecedented opportunity to engage philanthropy as a force for social change and rally them around the Post-2015 development vision. Private flows, including those from philanthropy, are increasing as a proportion of overall traditional financial flows. By its nature, philanthropic giving is more independent, responsive, nimble and opportunistic than traditional development assistance. There is little understanding about the possible roles charity can and should play in development and how to create bridges with official development giving. The discussion will present new, innovative forms of charitable giving which are spreading around the world and explore how charity can become a formidable partner in realizing the future sustainable development goals. Presenters will also reflect on how to build bridges between traditional donors’ assistance and the new models of social change driven by charity.

World Giving Index 2013.

 The fourth edition of the World Giving Index looks at the charitable behaviour of more than 130 countries. Find out who is the most giving in terms of donating to charity, volunteering time and helping a stranger. (December 2013).
Read the World Giving Index 2013 press release

 World Giving Index 2013

The Third Dimension of Intelligent Giving - Charity Navigator

At Charity Navigator believes in three dimensions that donors should consider in making wise charitable giving/ social investment decisions. Those dimensions are: (1) Financial Health, (2) Accountability & Transparency, and (3) Results Reporting. CN 3.0 embodies all three dimensions.

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