Some consider a philanthropist to be someone who donates money to a cause or organization. Others view a philanthropist as someone who donates their time to volunteer, food, clothing or other necessary items of life. Although it may have a variety of interpretations, philanthropy is an act of giving to someone or something that needs it. Philanthropy strives towards making a positive social change. Take a look at the various philanthropic efforts.
CEOs, successful entrepreneurs, corporations, and business men and women are just a few of the commonly known possible philanthropists. Anyone who donates money to charity and seeks to give to generously benefit a good cause can be considered a philanthropist. Donating money to charity does have many benefits. Whether someone gives a sizeable amount, or simply a small percentage of their paycheck, philanthropists have one common goal: to give money in order to benefit a good cause.
One of the biggest ways a philanthropist can donate something other than money is time. A philanthropist takes the time to volunteer with a cause or organization in which they’re passionate about, believe in or want to provide assistance for. This can come in many forms. Some volunteers clean their community, or plant a garden. Others spend an hour or two at a food bank or other community center. Many even consider volunteering at a church to be a philanthropic effort. Volunteering time is a great way philanthropists donate to the greater good.
Although volunteering time often involves food banks, collecting food or donating food is also a form of philanthropy. A philanthropist that gives food to a food bank is donating to the cause to combat hunger, as food is a necessity of life and many often go without a meal or two. Many collect food, accepting donations of nonperishable items. There are many causes and organizations committed to providing meals to the hungry, and you can even search for the nearest food bank to you.
Another necessity of life is clothing. You’ve most likely heard the idiom “to give someone the shirt off your back” meaning you’d give someone anything or everything you have that they might need more than you. There are plenty of charities and organizations collecting clothing to put a shirt on someone else’s back. Clothing is a necessity so some philanthropists seek to collect or donate clothing.
Although philanthropy is by no way limited to the examples listed in this blog, philanthropists can participate in a wide array of efforts. Donating money, time and other items necessary to living are always appreciated by those who need it most. A philanthropist is simply someone who wants to donate in any way to a good cause.