On Wednesday, I asked readers to submit words that they thought best described great philanthropy. You will find all the details here. On Monday, we’ll be randomly selecting a reader who submitted a word and give them a $50 gift certificate to Vittana.org (microfinance for student loans in developing countries).
Here’s a couple of entries so far:
By Rich Polt
Passion is the lifeblood of good philanthropy because it sustains ones giving over the course of a lifetime.
Effective philanthropy, like anything in life, requires experimentation and long term commitment. Some things work. Some don’t. But without passion as an underlying motivator, no one will have the gumption, stamina, and drive to weather failure and truly make a difference.
By Emily Rushing
Being connected with others for maximum impact makes good philanthropy great.
Personal giving is satisfying in a special way, but truly great things happen when the knowledge, enthusiasm, ideas and energy of many individuals come together in service of the greater good. The impact is greater on the chosen cause and on the donors, as they feel connected to their purpose and to each other.
By Charles Maclean
Juicy philanthropy fires neurons and heartbeats for the giver and receiver.
Brain scans and neuro-chemical analysis indicate that “the givers high” has a scientific basis. Juicy philanthropy produces an upward spiral where the giver and receiver engage in “pay it forward” infectious acts of kindness. The distinction between the giver and receiver is erased. There just might be a caring gene or at least a pre-disposition to care and give. It is through giving and receiving that we discover who we are . . . and what matters to us.
The deadline for entries is midnight (pacific time) this Sunday. I hope you’ll share your idea for the word that best describes great philanthropy. Full details on submitting an entry can be found here.