Canadian country singing legend Paul Brandt to speak at National Philanthropy Day 2019

Hold on to your hats Victoria (preferably the cowboy kind) because we have an exciting announcement! In celebration of 20 years recognizing Victoria’s philanthropic community, Canadian country singing legend Paul Brandt will be the keynote address at this year’s event, taking place at the McPherson Playhouse on November 13, 2019.

“We could not be more excited to welcome Paul to this year’s event,” stated Jessica Bell, chair of National Philanthropy Day. “The wholehearted way he gives to the charitable sector makes him the perfect keynote for our 20th anniversary.”

Paul Brandt is the most awarded male Canadian country artist in history. Throughout his remarkable career, Paul has always focused on using his celebrity to help and shine a light on the lives of those less fortunate, and has encouraged others to do the same. Initially, he traveled extensively to developing countries around the world raising awareness for various humanitarian aid organizations. More recently, through his own Buckspring Foundation, Paul and his wife Liz launched the #NotInMyCity campaign, which advocates and facilitates on behalf of women and children who are sexually exploited and trafficked in North America. In recognition of selfless acts like these and many more, Paul was presented the 2008 JUNO Award as Humanitarian of the Year and the 2019 CCMA Humanitarian Award.

National Philanthropy Day also includes two other events, all taking place on November 13. The day will start with 250 students from around Greater Victoria gathering at Oak Bay High School for the Agents of Change Youth session sponsored by Coast Capital Savings. David Roche, an inspirational humorist and pioneer of disability culture, will lead a hilarious session about acceptance and love that will leave the crowd smiling for days. Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew D. Beckerman Fund and the Viveka Foundation Fund at the Victoria Foundation, each youth will also walk away with a $100 Canada Helps gift card to get into the community and practice philanthropy.

An Inspired Philanthropy Masterclass will follow at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel which is aimed at fundraisers, board members, fundraising volunteers, social financing advocates, media and the general public. This facilitated masterclass will highlight the importance of philanthropy in Canada. Paul Brandt will discuss how he has kept philanthropy a priority throughout his career as an RN and then country music sensation through the creation of the Buckspring Foundation.

At the heart of the whole National Philanthropy Day celebration are the Awards. The awards are the public’s opportunity to recognize a deserving individual, group or business that makes the world a better place. Award nominations are due by September 10, 2019. Award categories are:

  • Generosity of Spirit Honouree, sponsored by Victoria Foundation

  • Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award, sponsored by Andrew D. Beckerman

  • Outstanding Philanthropic Community Group Award, sponsored by Camosun College

  • Corporate Responsibility Award, sponsored by the University of Victoria

  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (5-10 years old), sponsored by the Children's Health

    Foundation of Vancouver Island

  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy (11-18 years old), sponsored by TELUS

National Philanthropy Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. First held in 1986, NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. Last year, more than 100 AFP chapters held NPD events and activities across North America. In Victoria, NPD is organized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Vancouver Island.

Media Contact:

Tami Tate
365 Day Media Group

Jessica Bell
Chair, National Philanthropy Day