As most high school graduations have just occurred in America, it is a wonderful time of year for celebrating the progress and achievement of so many young people. Family and friends gather to offer support, love and encouragement as parents and their high school graduates celebrate a major milestone. Celebrating milestones is a vital part of what it means to be a philanthropic leader. Every major initiative, program, and project your charity achieves, your organization should not only be documenting these momentous occasions, but also they should be celebrating these achievements as well. We need to document our histories to see how far we’ve come, and we need to celebrate along the journey of generosity to keep the fire of giving burning bright. The celebrations do not need to be over-the-top parties that cost lots of money, but rather they should be meaningful and significant moments to everyone on your team. By creating appropriate celebrations for milestones achieved, goals reached, problems solved, and programs that continue to move forward, it creates a sense of respect and dignity that the human spirit needs. Yes, we need to show appreciation for our employees, donors, volunteers, board members and teams as we all work together.