1st May 2017
I read this quote recently and it really struck a chord.
While philanthropy has associations with the rich and famous, you don’t need to be wealthy to be generous.
The Oxford dictionary defines philanthropy as:
“A person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.”
Business Dictionary.com takes it further:
“A Greek term, which directly translated means “love of mankind”. Philanthropy is an idea, event or action that is done to better humanity and usually involves some sacrifice…”
It’s certainly big picture stuff and mostly about the impact rather than the size of the philanthropic gesture, which brings me to the point of this blog post; we can all be philanthropists, in big and small ways.
We see this at Community Foundations nationwide, for example at Momentum Waikato in their latest initiative: their Vital Impact Programme, where every Waikato person has an opportunity to participate: “a child with $10 pocket money can team up with a person who gives 10% of their salary, or a successful business leader who gives $10m, alongside many other generous Waikato people who wish to collectively support significant projects – taking action and making a difference together.”
It’s inspiring the next generation to be generous and reassuring them that their contribution is just as important as the local business owner’s donation or civic leader’s support.
It’s seeing change as being within everyone’s sphere of influence, not just the rich and famous.
It’s the child looking in the mirror and seeing the philanthropist, or changemaker, they are becoming and it’s happening in a community near you.