International Day of Charity 2018

Published On: September 5, 2018 01:15 PM NPT By: Agencies

As part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, adopted in September 2015, the UN has recognized the importance of eradicating poverty in all forms. Poverty presents an enormous global challenge for the international community, as is a significant threat to sustainable development. In the spirit of global solidarity, the 2030 Agenda is focused on how best to meet the needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens and acknowledges the role that the private sector must play in supporting the various organizations who have undertaken philanthropic efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda.

Poverty exists in every country around the globe, from powerful industrial nations to developing countries. It continues to affect millions of people, regardless of their social and cultural situations and is a barrier to true prosperity and equality.

In recognition of the significant role that charities and individuals have undertaken to alleviate human ‎suffering and humanitarian crises, the UN General Assembly, under resolution A/RES/67/105PDF, has designated the 5th of September as the International Day of Charity.‎ This date was chosen as it is the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, and the resolution is, in part, a tribute to her work and dedication to charitable causes.

This 5th of September, the United Nations invites all Member States, international and regional organizations, non-governmental organizations and individuals alike to commemorate the International Day of Charity by encouraging charitable acts in their respective communities to raise public awareness of this event.

International Day of Charity Facts & Quotes


  • Any charity donations that are made are tax deductible in many countries the year they are made. Meaning, that if you donate in 2018, you can claim that charity donation as a tax deductible!
  • Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. – Mother Teresa, world-renowned nun, and missionary.

International Day of Charity Top Events and Things to Do

  • Watch a movie about the impact and importance of charitable work. Some suggestions are: Pay it Forward (2000), It Could Happen to You (1994), and The Letters (2014).
  • Spread awareness about the holiday by using the hashtags #InternationalDayofCharity, #Charity, and #MamaT.
  • Buy a book that directly supports charity. All net proceeds from any of the books listed go directly to charity. Ready a great story and support a good cause all at once!
  • Donate to your favorite charity. If you do not have a charity of choice, Charity Navigator can help you find one. There’s a charity that just about everyone can find a reason to support out there.
  • Read a book about the impact and importance of charitable work and about the charitable life that Mother Teresa led. Some suggestions are AbundanceSystems Thinking for Social ChangeStart Something that Matters.



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