Toronto, Canada (PressExposure) March 03, 2012 -- Philanthropy etymologically means "the love of humanity "-love in the sense of caring for, nourishing, developing, or enhancing; humanity in the sense of "what it is to be human," or "human potential." In modern practical terms, it is "private initiatives for public good, focusing on quality of life"-balancing the social-scientific aspect emphasized in the 20th century with the long-traditional and original humanist core of the world's ancient coinage. This formulation distinguishes it from business (private initiatives for private good, focusing on material prosperity) and government (public initiatives for public good, focusing on law and order).
Its most conventional definition, a philanthropist is a person, usually quite wealthy, who donates large sums of money to individuals, groups, or organizations that champion a worthy cause. A philanthropist may also donate land, products, food, goods, services, or even time. A philanthropist does not need not be wealthy, in the vast majority of cases, people who practicephilanthropy come from all sorts of economic backgrounds.
While those that make huge benefactions are often publicized heavily in the media and lauded with awards, a philanthropist is anyone who gives himself without expectation of reward or payment. In its finest form, philanthropy is an altruistic gesture bereft of any thought of compensation. It could be reasonably argued that philanthropy is the art of sharing one's good fortune with others; simply, it is an act of human kindness.
A philanthropist could be considered the person who spends time volunteering at a local humane society, or the individual who makes time to read stories to the blind. It could be the teenager who spends a few hours visiting with elderly shut-ins, the woman who becomes a mentor to a child, or anyone who gives money to a telethon or disaster relief fund. Most people who engage in philanthropy neither are unknown and neither desire nor seek recognition for their generous actions.
Fundraising4change realised that there are two routes to becoming a philanthropist.
You can play a real-world version of Monopoly, gather up all the railroads and the dark-blue leases and then flip the board over and start playing Give-it-all-away. (Note to Parker Bros.: You're welcome to the idea of marketing a version of this venerable game that models generosity on one side of the board and acquisitiveness on the other.)
Or you can sit down with a blank sheet of paper and make yourself a plan for personal philanthropy.
Fundraising4change realise thathaving a plan is all it takes. Philanthropists come in all sizes, shapes and colours. They are the people who think carefully about what kind of community and what kind of world we should share. Once they've done that, these people are in a stronger position to put energy, attention and money to work to move things in that direction.
Fundraising4change understands that you might say, these days I don't have enough money to make that kind of thinking worth bothering with. I'll just give what I can, when somebody asks, and hope I'm making a difference.
But they also looked into the reports from people who have made personal philanthropy plans, which suggest there are good reasons for making a plan even when the amounts of time and money you have to think about are small. Here are a few of the reasons Fundraising4change decided to start making a plan.
You can start with the kind of change you want to see happen, the causes you want to advance. Then you can choose a moment to check out organizations that can help you multiply the effect of your volunteer time or your donations.
Once you find organizations that match your goals, you can focus your philanthropy-of whatever size and form-on them. Everyone who studies non-profit finances says fewer larger gifts and genuinely committed volunteers are the keys to efficiency and effectiveness. And those are outcomes every philanthropist wants to see.
You can make the difference you really want, once you have found the organisation or non-profit organisation you wish to support you can ensure what you give really makes a difference. By giving to the charity that you really want to support, and see the outcome you want, whether it be at home or abroad, it's your choice, you make the difference.
What Fundraising4change discovered was; a person who gives their time or money for the betterment of mankind is considered a philanthropist. It doesn't matter whether you are the person at the food kitchen preparing meal, working with a women's shelter, or helping out with toys for tots all of these activities are giving back to your community for the enrichment of your fellow man. Many people only think of those individuals who have the financial means to donate large amounts of money to causes is a philanthropist but where we would be without all the people who volunteer their timeor a small amount of their income each month to make difference.