2017 Calendar of Causes and Giving Days

2017 Holiday CalendarIf you’re a non profit organization planning your fundraising calendars, it can be helpful to plan them around National holidays that correspond with your cause or theme. You may be able to get more people to help spread the word about your fundraising event when the society is already focused on a similar cause. If the news or social media is already buzzing about the cause that is relevant to your organization, it would be a very natural segue to include your fundraising event with the current conversation. We’re not sure that “World Penguin Day” will be a match for your non profit foundation or organization, but if you wanted to run and event in late April, you might be able to incorporate the little guys into your promotional or social media campaign. It could bring some levity and fun into, what can typically be, very serious topics. Take a look over the list of upcoming holidays, awareness and giving days listed below for the US and around the world. We hope you find it helpful:


January 2017

January 2017

15: World Religion Day
16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

February 2017

February 2017

2: World Wetlands Day
4: World Cancer Day
13: World Radio Day
18: World Whale Day
14: V-Day
20: World Day of Social Justice
23: Digital Learning Day
27: International Polar Bear Day
28: World Spay Day
28: Rare Disease Day

March 2017

March 2017

3: World Wildlife Day
8: International Women’s Day
9: World Kidney Day
21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21: International Day of Forests
21: World Down Syndrome Day
21: World Poetry Day
22: World Water Day
24: World Tuberculosis Day
25: Earth Hour

April 2017

April 2017

2: World Autism Awareness Day
7: World Health Day
12: International Day for Street Children
14: World Dolphin Day
15: World Art Day
22: Earth Day
23: World Book Day
25: World Malaria Day
25: World Penguin Day
30: International Jazz Day

May 2017

May 2017

1: International Workers’ Day
3: World Press Freedom Day
2: Give Local America Day
10: World Lupus Day
13: World Migratory Bird Day
13: World Fair Trade Day
17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia
18: International Museum Day
22: International Day for Biological Diversity
23: World Turtle Day
31: World No Tobacco Day

June 2017

June 2017

5: World Environment Day
8: World Oceans Day
12: World Day Against Child Labor
14: World Blood Donor Day
20: World Refugee Day
21: International Day of Yoga

July 2017

July 2017

11: World Population Day
18: Nelson Mandela International Day
28: World Hepatitis Day
29: International Tiger Day
30: World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

August 2017

August 2017

8: International Cat Day
9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
12: International Youth Day
12: World Elephant Day
19: World Humanitarian Day
26: International Dog Day
29: International Day Against Nuclear Tests

September 2017

September 2017

5: International Day of Charity
8: International Literacy Day
10: World Suicide Prevention Day
15: International Day of Democracy
21: International Day of Peace
22: World Rhino Day
24: World Rivers Day
27: World Tourism Day

October 2017

October 2017

2: World Habitat Day
4: World Animal Day
5: World Cerebral Palsy Day
5: World Teachers Day
10: World Mental Health Day
11: International Day of the Girl
12: World Arthritis Day
15: International Day of Rural Women
16: World Food Day
17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
29: World Internet Day
31: World Cities Day

November 2017

November 2017

13: World Kindness Day
14: World Diabetes Day
16: International Day for Tolerance
16: World Philosophy Day
19: World Toilet Day
20: Universal Children’s Day
21: World Television Day
25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
28: Giving Tuesday

December 2017

December 2017

1: World AIDS Day
3: International Day of People with Disabilities
5: International Volunteer Day
5: World Soil Day
9: International Anti-Corruption Day
10: International Human Rights Day
11: International Mountain Day
18: International Migrants Day