Philanthropists Around Us!
Someone who is inclined to promote the welfare of someone else, most probably by the
generous donation of money to good causes he/she believes in. Philanthropy explains itself
as an Act of Charity or other good work that will help others or the society as a whole.
Philanthropy also includes donating money to a worthy cause or volunteering time, effort, or
any other form of effort.
What makes you a philanthropist?
Empathy; They feel as if this is their responsibility to do whatever is possible in their power
to deal with struggles and inequality because they see those concerns as their problems and the pain that comes from them as their own. Business-minded; Most of the people who believe in philanthropy look at their contributions as a form of investments in both society and the economy, inclined to use their money and resources efficiently, in an organised-manner to promote self-sustaining change.
They look at these issues through a business lens, they focus on driving an investment designed to deliver the greatest impact and return. Strategist; Primarily, they are concerned about problem solving. They want to get an in-depth understanding of the issue and then use their skills to resolve it. Successful philanthropists look for specific causes to support unlike organisations as they tend to think over the long term. At first, they will identify something they would like to see happen in the world and then go out to look for organisations to make it a reality.
Extrovert; Not all but maybe most of them are extroverts who exhibit character traits such
as excitability, sociability, talkativeness, assertiveness and high amounts of emotional
expressiveness. They are enriched with high energy or activity levels, speech fluency,
sociability and active social participation.
How to be one?
1. Decide what organizations to support: Narrow your focus to 1-3 organizations
addressing the causes you are most passionate about.
2. Decide when to give: You’ll also need to decide when to give, particularly if you have
a substantial amount of wealth to share.
3. Decide how to give; Donations can be made in a variety of ways, including Cash,
cheque, credit card or Giving appreciated assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual
4. Embrace the mindset of a philanthropist; Philanthropy is not only for the wealthy elite.
Anyone can be a philanthropist. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you make, or
how much you have in savings. Everyone has something to give.