In honor of his daughter, Debra Ann, Mort November and his family donated several gifts to assist with the development of educational programs and facilities in the Cleveland area. These gifts come from the Phyllis and Debra Ann November Children's Fund. The November family gifts include the Debra Ann November Research Greenhouse at Case Western Reserve University Farm, the Debra Ann November Learning Center at the East Cleveland Public Library, the November Lodge at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and the Jack and Leah November Pavilion and Garden at the new home of the Center for Families and Children.

In 2005, the Center for Families and Children nominated Mort November for the Outstanding Philanthropist Award. The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Cleveland Chapter, recognized Mort November during its 2005 National Philanthropy Day awards ceremony.