Category Archives: Giving

Learning from Wealthy Givers: How It Affects Our Personal Life (Part Three)

Part Three in a Series

We’re continuing in our blog series, Learning from Wealthy Givers: How it Affects our Personal Life

This is our last post, which focuses on how we can learn from wealthy givers.  Their actions can be our actions, regardless of whether we are writing a check or not.  It’s about the qualities we are expressing.

In the Chronicle of Philanthropy article, wealthy donors gave the most to Education at 27%.  Other areas that came up were health, the environment, and international.

We can learn from this focus on Education.  How can we help support someone by learning today?

We could help a child with homework or be a volunteer tutor for a student trying to get their  GED and highschool diploma equivalent.  We can impart an insight with a friend who is struggling, sharing with them on the goodness life has for them.  We can help someone trying to succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavor by “educating” them on some of our lessons learned on our journey.

We are all learning, and all growing.  We educate people every day, and they educate us.  Let’s invest in learning and growing together, each step of the way. Thank you to wealthy donors, and our lessons on how they perform their philanthropy.  Their principles are a great example to us all, in any endeavor!

HR Executives Say Volunteerism Is Important to Organization Culture…

Giving of yourself…

Makes you:

* A more selfless team member

* A greater team member

* A better leader

* A more compassionate and sensitive manager.

And the best…

Just a better person.  

Volunteer Today!!

Learning from Wealthy Givers: How It Affects Our Personal Life (Part Two)

Learning from Wealthy Givers: How it Affects our Personal Life
Part Two in a Series

We’re continuing in our blog series, Learning from Wealthy Givers: How it Affects our Personal Life (Read Part One)

As we have talked about philanthropy, the point is about caring for people. It’s being present, sharing, giving and supporting. These qualities are regardless of how much money we give. And we can certainly do these things without financially donating. So here is the latest trend from wealthy givers, and how it impacts our lives, too.

In the Chronicle of Philanthropy article, wealthy donors changed their gifting based on our challenging economy. The qualities expressed here are: wholistic support, listening, and adjusting.

Donation Adjustments made due to bad economy

• 32% gave more for general operational support
Sometimes we have a view on how we want to give to a friend or colleague. Perhaps we have been helping them in one way. Yet it might be time to support them wholistically as a full person, not just in the way we think or are used to.

• 30% increased donations for special programs at a non-profit
We need to be good listeners. Let’s be sensitive and turn our attention to an area we can help. This might be a “special program,” initiative, or goal in your spouse’s or child’s life.

• 29% switched giving priorities

When we know this, we move. We make the change, we make the shift, even if we’re used to what we do. Get our of our habit, even if it is good.

Philanthropy is the love of people. We can learn from wealthy donors, and how they love of people. Their principles are a great example to us all, in any endeavor!

America’s Wealthiest Donors: How They Give and How they View Non-Profits

From The Chronicle of Philanthropy (Nov. 2012)

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Do Great Deeds with Little Means” – Russell Conwell

“Greatness consists in doing great deeds with little means in the accomplishment of vast purposes.

It consists in the private ranks of life, in helping one’s fellows, in benefiting one’s neighborhood, in blessing one’s own city and state.”

- Russell Conwell

It’s that simple.

Give something today,

Russell Conwell (February 15, 1843 – December 6, 1925) was an American Baptist minister, orator, philanthropist, lawyer, and writer. He is best remembered as the founder and first president of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and for his inspirational lecture Acres of Diamonds. The son of Massachusetts farmers, Conwell attended Yale University and after graduating enlisted in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1880, and delivered his famous speech “Acres of Diamonds” over 6,000 times around the world. The central idea of the work is that one need not look elsewhere for opportunity, achievement, or fortune – the resources to achieve all good things are present in one’s own community. Conwell’s capacity to establish Temple University and his other civic projects largely derived from the income that he earned from the speech. The published version has been regarded as a classic of New Thought literature since the 1870s.

Should We Favor the Young With Organ Donations?

When we think about life, sometimes we think it’s better to lean towards the young. This especially seems to be a favorite when it comes to organ donating. Youth have full days ahead, and so much to contribute. Give them a full chance. Those who are older have already had a good term.  The younger are brimming with energy and opportunity. They can make our world better, so we say.

A case in point is about organ rationing, as pointed out in a recent article on the Economist which covered that younger potential recipients are favored.  But they then point out:

“A broader question is whether organ donations should favor the young. The share of total organ recipients aged 50 and older has jumped from 28% in 1988 to 60% last year. The rise has been even more dramatic for those 65 and older—the share jumped from 2% to 17%. These figures may rise further as the baby-boomers age.”

The Unenviable Task of Rationing Organs

This article made me pause.  It’s pointing to the fact that the average age and lifespan of each individual, is much, much longer. In fact the most recent record of age is a Japanese man who died last month, at age 116, from natural causes.

Even that is not enough to sway us.  Think about a precious parent, a beloved aunt, a treasured grandmother….have they really lived long enough?

Doth youth usurp their wisdom?

Does new energy trump experience?

Can a babe replace a cherished mentor?

Favoring organs to the young isn’t reasoning that necessarily works.  Every person is valued. Everyone has an equal abundance of love to give. Before we make a judgment call of in general which group should be served most, let’s first think of an individual in our lives. I think we will agree that age withstanding, young or old, we all cherish life.  Each individual is beautiful and deserving.