Too often we think that only the super wealthy can be world changing philanthropists. Bill and Melinda Gates are trying to eradicate malaria; Phil Knight in conjunction with OHSU is seeking a cure for cancer; and Michael Bloomberg is focused on a safer world through gun control. But, you don’t have to be rich to have a cause – and it doesn’t take a lot of money to change the world one person at a time.
We all know the story of the Widow’s Mite (Luke 21: 1-4). God does not measure how much we give; he measures how pure our heart is in our giving.
You do not have to be rich to be a philanthropist, neither do you become one just by writing a check to your church or to a charity once a year. Philanthropy is about thoughtful giving, taking care, being deliberate, going beyond the expected and becoming involved. It is about bringing your giving in line with your hopes for a better world. The world can become a better place two people at a time; you doing the helping and the person you have helped.
Here are several easy steps to become an inspirational philanthropist.
That is what will make you an inspired philanthropist.
Over the next several months I hope to share with you two more blogs on this subject. They will include topics such as how to care for your family and your values, my personal philosophy and why I made those choices, excellent resources freely available to assist you with your Legacy Philanthropy.
Blessings of Good Health and Peace…Ed M>