Recently, Capital One Financial Co. conducted a national survey of charitable giving practices by adults living in the U.S. According to their findings, more than 80 percent of the people surveyed have become more concerned about their finances, leading half to either reduce giving or to stop altogether.

Times are tough. There’s no denying it. People are struggling to keep roofs over their heads and food on the table. Now more than ever is when we should be thinking about the less fortunate. There are many worthy causes that need your help for funding. No contribution is too small whether it be time or money. Please remember that even small drops will eventually cause a bucket to overflow.

Which brings us to National Philanthropy Week, Nov. 10-14, sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Founded in 1960, the AFP has grown to over 200 chapters and 30,000 members. Those chapters and members everywhere are gearing up for the celebration, and the Lowcountry Chapter of the AFP is no different. The week will be marked by several events sponsored by various local groups.

On Monday, the Junior League of Charleston will host a panel discussion on “how nonprofit organizations can work with news-related sources to receive coverage,” 4:30- 6:30 p.m., at Spoleto Festival USA, 14 George St.

On Tuesday, the Coastal Community Foundation will host their Innovations in Philanthropy celebration, which recognizes the innovative philanthropy work of Dorchester and Berkeley counties’ nonprofit agencies and the donors that fund them, 4-6 p.m., Moncks Corner Train Depot.

Wednesday will offer a Family Philanthropy panel discussion hosted by the Center for Women, which will examine the role entire families play when it comes to charity work, 12-1:30 p.m., at Spoleto Festival USA, 14 George St., in addition to the Seventh Annual Grant Awards Celebration hosted by Women Making a Difference, 6-8 p.m., the Historic Rice Mill, 17 Lockwood Blvd.

Thursday will present Lowcountry residents the opportunity to check out “Sustainable Agriculture in the Lowcountry,” a panel discussion that will “explore the sustainable agriculture movement locally and in the state and opportunities for community support,” hosted by the Philanthropy Week Committee, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Charleston Marriott Hotel, 170 Lockwood Blvd. Thursday will also afford the opportunity to attend the Philanthropy Day Luncheon hosted by the S.C. Lowcountry Association of Fundraising Professionals during which the 2008 AFP Lowcountry Philanthropy Awards will be awarded to outstanding individuals, 12-1:30 p.m., Charleston Marriott Hotel, 170 Lockwood Blvd.

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